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<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. 6
<hi rend="italic">d</hi>., the property of
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<interp inst="t18470705-name-538" type="given" value="WILLIAM"/>WILLIAM COULTER.</persName> </hi> I live in Davis-street, Berkley-square, and am a car
<lb/>penter—about nine o'clock on Saturday night, the 3rd of July, I was in Oxford-street—I missed my handkerchief—I walked towards my home about a hundred yards—I then came back and saw the prisoner and two others—I watched them for some time—I then went to Marylebone station, and got an officer—he took the three persons—my handkerchief was found on the pri
<lb/>soner—this now produced is it—it was about nine o'clock when I lost it—it was found on the prisoner in seven or eight minutes.</p>
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<interp inst="t18470705-name-539" type="given" value="GEORGE"/>GEORGE THORNTON</persName> </hi> (
<hi rend="italic">police-constable D</hi> 109.) I took the prisoner to the station—between his trowsers and his thighs I found this handkerchief—the prosecutor said it was not his—I put my hand in another part of his trowsers and found this other handkerchief—neither of these are the prosecutor's—I put my hand between his legs and found this handkerchief, which is the pro
<lb/>secutor's—I then put my hand in his pocket and found this other hand
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<hi rend="italic">Prisoner's Defence.</hi> I met a man who asked me to buy a handkerchief—I gave him 2
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. for it—I then gave him 7
<hi rend="italic">s</hi>. for these other three hanker
<lb/>chiefs.</p>
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<interp inst="t18470705-name-540" type="given" value="JESSE"/>JESSE JEAPES</persName> </hi> (
<hi rend="italic">police-constable C</hi>, 146.) I produce a certificate of the prisoner's former conviction at Clerkenwell by the name of John Davies—
<hi rend="italic">read</hi>—(
<hi rend="italic">Convicted</hi> 18
<hi rend="italic">th August</hi>, 1846,
<hi rend="italic">and confined six months</hi>)—the prisoner is the person.</p>
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