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<join result="offenceCrimeDate" targOrder="Y" targets="t17170227-14-off64 t17170227-14-cd58"/> last. The Prosecutor deposed, that being at Church in the Parish aforesaid, he lost his Handkerchief; and being told by a Friend of his (Mr.
<persName id="t17170227-14-person98"> William Hender
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<interp inst="t17170227-14-person98" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> ) that he had lost his Handkerchief, they went back into the Church, and seeing the Prisoner, suspected her, and carrying her into the Vestry, where was a Justice of the Peace, they took up two Handkerchiefs dropt at her Feet at the Vestry Door, and found another under her Arm, and the Bible in her Pocket. The Prisoner pleaded in her Defence, that they were given to her by a Women in the Church, whom if they had apprehended, they would have found more. The Evidence was not positive that she pick'd his Pocket. The Jury
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<p>She was indicted a second time, for
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<interp inst="t17170227-14-off60" type="offenceSubcategory" value="pocketpicking"/> picking the Pocket of
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<p>She was indicted a third time for
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<interp inst="t17170227-14-off62" type="offenceSubcategory" value="pocketpicking"/> picking the Pocket of
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<interp inst="t17170227-14-victim102" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> of a Holland-Handkerchief, val.2 s. </rs> at the Time, Place, and in the Manner aforesaid: And of this Indictment she was also
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<p>She was a fourth time indicted for
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<persName id="t17170227-14-victim104" type="victimName"> Thomas Appleby
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<interp inst="t17170227-14-victim104" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> of a Bible, value 3 s. </rs> at the Place and Time aforesaid: Of which Indictment the Jury found her
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<note>[Death. See summary.]</note> </rs> </p> </div1></div0>
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