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Old Bailey Proceedings: Accounts of Criminal Trials

6th May 1818

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828. JOHN HOOPER proceedingsdefend was indicted for stealing, on the 6th of April , one watch, value 5l.; one seal, value 5s., and one key, value 6s., the goods of John Rue proceedingsvictim , from his person .

JOHN RUE. I am a surgeon , and live in Charles-street, Westminster . On the 6th of April, I was standing at my door for admittance, about twelve o'clock at night, a man ran by and snatched my watch out of my fob - I pursued, but lost him. He appeared stouter, and not so tall as the prisoner.

WILLIAM SQUIRES < no role > . I am a watchman. On the 6th of April, about twelve o'clock at night, I was in Charles-street. I heard the alarm, ran out, and was told the man had ran up another street; I found the prisoner behind a privy at the bottom of Eastwood's stable-yard - He said he had not got the watch? I had said nothing about it. I took him into a public-house, Mr. Rue came in, and said if he could have his watch again he should go about his business. The prisoner said he would go and get it. I asked him to tell me where he had dropped it; he said,"Just down by where I ran." I went to the yard, and brought it in.

Cross-examined by MR. ADOLPHUS. I heard the alarm, and pursued some person, whom I did not see. The man who said he had ran down the yard, was shorter and stouter than the prisoner.

JOHN< no role > M'KENNA. I am watchman of Crown-street. I saw a person run along the stable-yard, which is no thoroughfare. Squires came up and took the prisoner. I found the watch where the prisoner was taken.

(Property produced and sworn to.)

MR. RUE re-examined. I did not hear the prisoner say where the watch was.

Prisoner's Defence. I did not say where the watch was.


Second Middlesex Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

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