27th February 1854
Reference Numbert18540227-372
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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372. MARIA WOOD was indicted for a like offence.

MESSRS. BODKIN and CLERK Conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN WILLIAM BOLTON . I keep a chandler's shop, in Russell-court, Drury-lane. On 3rd Feb., the prisoner came for half a pound of sugar—she gave me a sixpence, and I gave her 4d. change—she went out of the shop—I had kept the sixpence in my hand, and after she was gone I looked and found it was bad; it had not been out of my hand—I ran round the counter, but I did not see the prisoner—I put the sixpence on a shelf, apart from other coin—on the Wednesday after, the prisoner came again for half a pound of 5d. loaf sugar; I served her, and she put down a shilling—I took it, and said, "I don't know what sort of a shilling this is, but, at any rate, you gave me a bad sixpence"—I turned, and took the sixpence down from the shelf—she said, "I am very sorry; I was not aware it was bad"—I reached down the detector, and found the shilling was bad—I gave the shilling and sixpence to Jones, and I ran round that the prisoner should not go out—Jones put the sixpence on the counter, and the prisoner took it up and put it in her mouth—the officer came, and the prisoner was given into custody.

Cross-examined by MR. CONNERLY Q. The sixpence she gave you first, you gave her change for; are you quite sure you kept it in your hand? A. Yes, I was looking at it; and in the mean time she went out of the shop—I did not put the sixpence in the till, I put it on the shelf—there was no one but my wife in the place, and she was very unwell at the time, and did not come into the shop—I had seen the prisoner at my shop before—I was not aware she was a servant, but she came to purchase articles and gave me good money, as far as I know.

RICHARD JONES . I was at the house of the last witness, on Wednesday night, 8th Feb.—I saw the prisoner there; she gave a shilling in payment, she placed it down on the counter—Mr. Bolton gave me the shilling and a sixpence, which I believe he took from a shelf—I was looking at them both together—I placed the sixpence on the counter, and was looking at the shilling—the prisoner reached her hand out, and I let her have the shilling; she put it in her mouth—I did not see her take the sixpence.

HENRY SEXTON . I am a labouring man; I live in Russell-court. I was in the shop when this happened—I saw the prisoner there, and the last witness—I saw Mr. Bolton take a sixpence from a shelf at the back of his counter; he showed it to the prisoner, and told her she tendered it to him some nights before—he showed it to Mr. Jones, who placed the sixpence on the counter—the prisoner directly put her fingers on the sixpence, and took it up and put it in her mouth—I did not notice what she did with the shilling.

GEORGE FELTON (police sergeant, F 40). I took the prisoner to the station—I saw she had something in her mouth—she was searched by Mrs. Green, who gave me some portions of a shilling and a sixpence.

HANNAH GREEN . I searched the prisoner; I took from her mouth some parts of a shilling and a sixpence—I gave them to the last witness—I think one piece of the shilling came from her stocking.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These are parts of a bad sixpence and a bad shilling.

GUILTY . Aged 26.— Confined Six Months.

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