11th June 1860
Reference Numbert18600611-515
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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515. THOMAS SMITH (23), was indicted for a like offence.

MESSRS. ELLIS and COOKE conducted the Prosecution.

JOHN BATH . I am a draper and live in Kingsland-road—on 7th May, between 10 and 11 o'clock at night the prisoner came and asked for a pair of stockings, my wife served him—he put down a half-crown—I gave him 1s. 10d. change and he left—I kept the half-crown in my hand, and directly afterwards I found it was bad—I ran after him and came up with him about 30 yards off—I said "You gave me a bad half-crown"—he said, "Indeed sir, I will go back with you"—I said, "Where are the stockings and the change?"—he said, "I gave them to my pal"—I said "Where is your pal?—he said he did not know, but he believed he could get the stockings and the change for me—I went some distance with him, and he took me to a dark road—I did not like to go down, and I gave him in charge to a policeman—I gave the policeman the half-crown.

JURY. Q. Was the road lighted with gas? A. I cannot say—it was a new road, and it was dark.

JOSEPH ATHERTON (Policeman, N 374). I took the prisoner in custody on 7th May, between Kingsland-road and Derby-road—I received this half-crown from the last witness—I searched the prisoner, but found nothing on him—he gave his address at 9 Brick-lane, Whitechapel—I went there, but nobody knew him.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . This half-crown is bad.

Prisoner's Defence. I went down Kingsland-road, and I met a young fellow who gave me a half-crown and asked me to get him a pair of stockings; I said I would, and I did; I gave him the stockings and the change. The prosecutor came to me, and I said I would try to find the man, and I could not.

GUILTY .— Confined Six Months.

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