21st October 1844
Reference Numbert18441021-2397
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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2397. ANN FOX, alias Regan , was indicted for uttering counterfeit coin, after a previous conviction of a like offence.

MESSRS. BODKIN and DOANE conducted the Prosecution.

CALEB EDWARD POWELL . I am assistant solicitor to the Mint. I produce a copy of the record of the conviction of Ann Fox—I have examined it with the original record, and it is a true copy—(read.)

WILLIAM WINSBURY (police-constable N 115.) I was present at the prisoner's trial in Oct., 1839—she is the person described in the record.

JOHN HEATLEY GABB . I am a butcher, and live in Great James-street. The prisoner came to my shop on the 10th of Oct. last, about half-past twelve o'clock in the day—she asked for some pieces that laid on the board, which came to 4 1/2 d.—she paid me a shilling—in taking her hand out of her pocket she dropped a shilling, which I suspected to be bad, as it laid on the ground—she put her foot over it, and gave me another one—I looked at it—it was bad, and I purposely dropped it, in order to get the other—I said, "Stand on one side, I have dropped the shilling"—I pushed her foot on one side, and got possession of the two—I examined the other, and that was also bad—I sent for a policeman, and gave her into custody with both the shillings—the prisoner said she was a poor hard-working woman, and that her husband worked in the stone-yard.

ROBERT FRESHWATER (police-constable D 133.) I took the prisoner into custody. I received 2s. from Gabb, which I produce.

MR. JOHN FIELD . I am inspector of coin to the Mint, and have been so for many years. The two shillings produced are both counterfeit, and have been cast in the same mould.

GUILTY . Aged 23.— Confined Eighteen Months.

Before Mr. Baron Rolfe.

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