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<p>585.
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<p>I am a
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t17890909-12-victim148 t17890909-12-viclabel62"/>; I was coming along Oxford road between one and two; I met the prisoner, and being rather in liquor, I went with her into
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<xptr type="pageFacsimile" doc="178909090018"/>to take her, and in the scuffle the watch fell to the ground; I saw it on the ground, but I did not see or hear it fall; I was rather in liquor; I did not intend to go home with the prisoner.</p>
<p>Court. Had you any money in your pocket? - None; I do not recollect she asked me for any.</p>
<p>Did you feel any thing like the prisoner's pulling it out of your pocket? - No, I did not.</p>
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<p>I am a watchman, on Friday last I was called, there was another woman who said she was waiting for a young woman, and at that instant the prisoner came running down, I stopped her, and she had the watch in her hand; I saw it in her hand; she went to give it to another woman; I caught hold of her hand to take it from her, and she dropped it, and I picked it up; and I gave it to the young man, and advised him to let her go; he was much in liquor, and very obstinate, and he would not; the girl swore pretty much, and said he wanted to use her ill for the property; but he was not come up then, for his breeches were loose about his heels; she said he had no money; I kept the watch ever since; I gave it to the young man, and it was returned to me at the Justice's.</p>
<p>Prosecutor. This is my watch; I know it by the maker's name and number; I have had it five or six years.</p>
<p>Court. Was not you so drunk as not to be sure whether that is the woman? - No; I knew what I was after; this is the woman.</p>
<p>PRISONER's DEFENCE.</p>
<p>I met the man in Oxford-road; he asked me where I was going? I said home; he asked me to go with him a little way; I went with him, and asked him for some money; he had only six-pence; I would not go with him; he ran after me, and the watchman says the watch fell between the other girl and me; I had not the watch in my hand.</p>
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<p>Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. Justice GROSE.</p> </div1></div0>
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