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WATCH AND CHAIN STOLEN: FOUND IN A BELFAST PAWNSHOP

Belfast Telegraph, Thursday 21st July 1927


At Belfast City Commission to-day, before Lord Justice Best, Michael John Quinn pleaded not guilty to stealing a silver watch and gold chain, value for £12, the property of William Kennedy, grain merchant, 117 Great Victoria Street. Accused was not professionally represented.


The case for the Crown was that Quinn went to William Kennedy's establishment to cash a cheque for his employer. Mrs. Kennedy went out to get the money to change it, leaving prisoner alone in the place. She returned with the change, and when prisoner had left the watch and chain belonging to her husband was missing.


A pawnbroker's assistant spoke to taking Kennedy's watch and chain from Quinn and advancing him money upon them.


Accused entered the witness box and swore that he was never in a pawn office in his life, and, therefore, could not have pawned the articles in question.


Prisoner was found guilty and put back.