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Fundamina

On-line version ISSN 2411-7870
Print version ISSN 1021-545X

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PUGSLEY, David. Was Aunt Jane a shoplifter?. Fundamina (Pretoria) [online]. 2018, vol.24, n.2, pp.82-99. ISSN 2411-7870.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2411-7870/2018/v24n2a5.

This article thoroughly re-examines Aunt Jane's prosecution for shoplifting in the light of the three pamphlets published in the week after the trial, her own letters, contemporary local newspapers, and contemporary rules of evidence and criminal procedure. It concludes that the verdict of not guilty was correct and that the prosecution witnesses were guilty of perjury.

Keywords : Jane Austen; Leigh Perrot; shoplifting; Assizes.

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