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<persName id="t17801018-22-defend260" type="defendantName"> WILLIAM BIRKE
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<interp inst="t17801018-22-defend260" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> was indicted for
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<interp inst="t17801018-22-off114" type="offenceSubcategory" value="grandLarceny"/> stealing a linen shirt, value 2 s. </rs> the property of
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<persName id="t17801018-22-person263"> ANN CATHERINE
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<interp inst="t17801018-22-person263" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> sworn.</p>
<p>The 11th of this month I was looking out of a back window which looks into
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<join result="offencePlace" targOrder="Y" targets="t17801018-22-off114 t17801018-22-crimeloc116"/>, where these things were hanging to dry. Mrs. Keysell is a laundress. There is an alley, and a high wall parts the alley from the church-yard. I saw the prisoner and another man in the alley; the other man lifted the prisoner up, and he
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<interp inst="t17801018-22-person264" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> a shirt off the line.</p>
<p>Did you know him before? - No, I saw him in the alley before he took the shirt. I was afraid he wanted to take some of the things, and watched him; when he had got the shirt they both went away towards Cloth-fair I went and informed Mrs. Keysell of of it and we went up Cloth-fair and met the prisoner there. I laid hold of him and asked him what he had taken out of the church-yard? He immediately pulled the shirt from under his jacket, and said he found it. I held him till a gentleman came and sent for a constable, and took him to Guildhall. I am sure the prisoner is the man I saw take the shirt.</p>
<persName id="t17801018-22-person265"> ANN KEYSELL
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<p>I take in washing. I hang my clothes in the burying ground of St. Bartholomew's-church. On Wednesday week I had a good many shirts hanging there.
<persName id="t17801018-22-person266"> Ann Catherine
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<interp inst="t17801018-22-person266" type="gender" value="female"/> </persName> went out first and stopped the prisoner just by my door before I came out.</p>
<p>(The shirt was produced in court and deposed to by the prosecutrix.)</p>
<p>I found the shirt at the end of the court. I saw two men running into it; I called after them but they would not stop, so I put it under my jacket.</p>
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<p>Tried by the London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.</p> </div1></div0>

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