18th September 1848
Reference Numbert18480918-2201
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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2201. JOHN CONNELL , uttering counterfeit coin, after a previous conviction.

MR. CLERK conducted the Prosecution.

CALEB EDWARD POWELL . I am assistant-solicitor to the Mint. I produce a copy of the record of the conviction at this Court, in June sessions, 1847, of John Connell, of uttering counterfeit coin—I have examined it with the original; it is a true copy—(read.)

GEORGE BAINES (policeman, N 316). I was a witness against the prisoner in June, 1847—he is the same person.

GEORGE SOUTH . I keep the Duke's Head, Mint-street, Borough. The prisoner came there on 24th Aug., a little before twelve o'clock at night, and asked fora bottle of stout, which was 8d., and 2d. for the bottle until returned—he laid on the counter half a sovereign in payment—I laid down the change, then took up the half sovereign, rang it on my finger in the usual form, and also looked at it, and found it to be a good one—the prisoner said the stout was not for himself, and the parties were not in the habit of paying more than 6d.—I said I could not take 6d. for it, and therefore I must take it back again—I laid down the half-sovereign again, and he returned the change; and then be said, supposing the parties objected to pay the price, would I return the money again?—I said, "Yes; certainly"—I did not see what he did with the half-sovereign when he took it up—I gave him the change back, and he laid a half-sovereign on the counter again—I took it up, examined it, and found it was bad—he was then going out—I called after him before I left the bar—I then ran after him, with the half-sovereign in my hand—I lost sight of him—I returned in two or three minutes, and found him at the counter—I said, "Give me the half-sovereign you gave me first; I do not want this," showing him the money I had in my hand—he said, "What half-sovereign?"—I said, "You know very well what half-sovereign"—I told him it was a bad one—he did not say anything to that, but said he did not know what I meant, or words to that effect—two policemen came in, and I gave him in charge, and gave the half-sovereign to Delany.

Cross-examined by MR. PAYNE. Q. What did you do with the second half-sovereign, when you ran out? A. I kept it in my hand till I gave it to Delany—I marked it.

JOHN DELANY (policeman, M 100.) I went into the prosecntor's house with Fielding—the prisoner was there—I heard South say, "This is not the half-sovereign you gave me first; it was a good one, and this is a bad one"—the prisoner said, "If it is bad, I know nothing about it; I got it from my brother to come for a bottle of stout"—I asked if he had got any more money?—he said, "No"—South gave me the half-sovereign produced—I and Fielding took the prisoner into custody—he had his back to the counter, facing me, and I observed him move his mouth, as if attempting to swallow something—I immediately took hold of him by the throat, to cause him to throw up what-ever he had in his mouth—I then put my finger into his mouth—he bit me, and caused the blood to flow—he succeeded in swallowing whatever he had in his mouth, and fell on the ground and rolled about as if he was in pain—

it was a minute or two before he spoke—I afterwards took him to the station, searched him, and found no money on him.

Cross-examined. Q. How many other people were there? A. Four five; but the struggle between me and the prisoner caused more to come to the door; the prisoner said, "My brother gave it me; if it was wrong do you think I should have come back again?"

JOHN FIELDING (policeman, M 241). On 24th Aug. I accompanied Delany and took the prisoner into custody—he said to Mr. South, "Is it likely I should come into your house again if I had given you a bad half-soverign?—I am rather deaf—I heard something gingle in the prisoner's mouth, and told Delany; ho seized hold of him by the throat—he threw himself down and a quantity of blood came from his mouth.

Cross-examined. Q. Did it sound like the rattling of money? A. Yes,

CALEB EDWARD POWELL re-examined. I act as inspector of counter coin to the Royal Mint, in the absence of Mr. Field, the regular inspector—this is a counterfeit half-sovereign.

GEORGE SOUTH re-examined. When the prisoner returned to the house, he had laid the change on the counter—he said, "There is the change"—I took it up and said, "Well, that is of course all I require."


Before Mr. Justice Williams.

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