5th July 1852
Reference Numbert18520705-736
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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736. THOMAS LAWRENCE , unlawfully having counterfeit coin in his possession with intent to utter it.

MR. BODKIN conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM SMITH (police-sergeant, E 16). On 5th June I went to the Royal Oak beer shop, in Chenies-street, kept by the prisoner—I found him in the back parlour—I told him I must take him into custody for having stolen property in his house—he made no reply—I gave him into custody, and searched the house—I found some property—in going from the bar to the kitchen I found one stair loose—I removed it, and found under it a basket, which I now produce, containing counterfeit coins—I looked further, and found a tin box, or tray, in the washhouse containing coin—I put them with those in the basket, and counted them all together—there were 28 sovereigns, 33 half sovereigns, 153 crowns, 198 half crowns, 15 florins, and 207 shillings—I have known the prisoner living there about eighteen months—I said to him, "How do you account for this?"—he said, "I don't know how it came there."

Cross-examined by MR. BALLANTINE. Q. Had you received information which led you to these steps? A. I had; the prisoner has a potman and a sister; he has a wife and, I believe, some children.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . I am inspector of coin to the Royal Mint. This is all counterfeit coin—the 28 sovereigns are from three moulds; the half sovereigns are all from one—40 of the crowns are from one mould, after an accident had happened to it—the others are from it before it—the florins are all from one mould—the shillings and half crowns are some from one mould and some another.

FRANCIS WILLITT . I am the landlord of the house; the prisoner is my tenant—he occupied all the house, except the second floor, where I live—he

has kept it fourteen or fifteen months—Mrs. Alexander, who was my housekeeper formerly, now lives in the second floor back room.

COURT. Q. Were these false coins in your possession? A. Oh, no!


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