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Witness at Mary Ann Nichols' inquest.
(First name erroneously given as 'John' by newspaper reports and some authors).
A carman who worked in Corbett's Court (today's Corbett Place) off Hanbury Street, Spitalfields, he lived at 30 Foster Street, Whitechapel. He was on his way to work as he passed down Buck's Row when he was approached by Charles Cross who had just discovered the body of Mary Ann Nichols. Paul felt her face and hands and said "I think she's breathing but it's very little if she is". He thought she may be dead.
He refused Cross' suggestion of moving the body but as he rearranged the skirts, he touched her breast, believing there to have been some slight movement. The two men continued their walk to work, first approaching PC Jonas Mizen to tell him of their find, before Paul left Cross at Hanbury Street to go into work at Corbett's Court.