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<interp inst="t18410104-name-769" type="given" value="DAVID"/>DAVID THOMPSON</persName> </hi>. I am a private in the 61st regiment—the prisoner is a private in the same regiment. I had a watch, chain, and seal, but I had no pocket in my trowsers, and Forbes had it to keep till I had one—this watch and appendages now produced are mine.</p>
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<interp inst="t18410104-name-770" type="given" value="DANIEL"/>DANIEL FORBES</persName> </hi>. I am a private in the same regiment. I had the care of this watch on the 17th of December—it was round my neck with a guard-chain—I was at a public-house—I had been drinking, but was quite sober—the prisoner was there, and came to the corner of the table where I was sitting—I was in the act of getting a pennyworth of apples from a woman in the room, and I felt the prisoner in the act of putting his hand into my pocket—he said my coat was all over dust—I looked, but could not see any—I then felt a snatch, and the prisoner went out—I directly missed the watch from my pocket.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Prisoner. Q.</hi> Did you not call me over to where you sat?
<hi rend="italic">A.</hi> No, I did not.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Prisoner</hi>. You gave me the watch to take care of.
<hi rend="italic">Witness</hi>. No, I did not know he had it till he was gone.</p>
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<interp inst="t18410104-name-771" type="given" value="WILLIAM"/>WILLIAM BREMMKR</persName> </hi>. I am a pawnbroker. I received this watch on the 17th of December, between seven and eight o'clock in the evening—the prisoner pawned it.</p>
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<interp inst="t18410104-name-772" type="given" value="DANIEL"/>DANIEL RIORDON</persName> </hi> (
<hi rend="italic">police-constable R</hi> 207.) I took the prisoner—I asked him if be had taken a watch—he said "No"—I asked if he had pawned a watch—he said "No"—I took him to the pawnbroker's, and then he said he saw the chain of a watch hanging from Forbes's pocket, and Forbes gave it him to pawn.</p>
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<hi rend="italic">Before Mr. Common Sergeant</hi>.</p> </div1></div0>
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