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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1863, Sunday, December 18, 1831


The Murder of Margaret Duffy.

On Thursday Bridget Calkin, charged with the murder of the child, Margaret Duffy, was placed at the bar before Mr. Twyford, when Mr. Dixon, the Superintendent, brought forward a fresh witness, a little girl named Kenny, who proved that between six and seven o'clock on the Saturday evening in question, she saw the prisoner in Pump court, Whitecross street, with the child. The latter was crying, and the prisoner promised to give her a penny if she would not cry, and said that they should soon go home.

The Surgeons, Messrs. Leeson, Brooks, Whittle and Rance, who had made the examination of the body post mortem, described the internal appearances, from which they concluded, without doubt, that the child had died of strangulation or suffocation.

At the request of Mr. Dixon, the prisoner was again remanded, instead of being finally committed, as he should yet have other, and, as he expected, very important evidence to produce.