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<p>WILLIAM FUNNELL. I live at Blackley, in Norfolk, and am
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<join result="persNameOccupation" targOrder="Y" targets="t18250217-16-victim164 t18250217-16-viclabel96"/>. I was in London on the 25th of January, between one and two o'clock in the day, looking in at a shop window in
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<interp inst="t18250217-16-person165" type="gender" value="male"/> </persName> . I am the beadle of Whitechapel. I was coming down Wentworth-street, between one and two o'clock - I saw five or six women, and the prosecutor with them. I took the prisoner into custody; she made no answer to the charge. I searched her, and found two shillings and two sixpences upon her, but no purse. - The prosecutor had been drinking, but was quite collected.</p>
<p>Prisoner's Defence. I am perfectly innocent. He had been with another young woman before me.</p>
<p>WILLIAM FUNNELL. I swear I had not. I gave her the 1 s. 6 d. out of the purse.</p>
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