8th April 1861
Reference Numbert18610408-313
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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313. CHARLES STEVENSON (37) , Feloniously and knowingly uttering a forged 10l. note.

OCTAVIUS AUGUSTUS WALLIS . I am a hosier, of 48, St. George's-place, Knightsbridge—on the evening of 21st March, the prisoner was at my shop—I came in and found him there, and my young man asked me in his presence to give change of this 10l. note—he had bought goods to the amount of 1l. 18s.—immediately I took it in my hand, I thought it was a bad one, and asked the prisoner where he got it from, and if he could give me some account of himself, and if he did not give a satisfactory account I should have to send for a policeman—he then stated that he took the note from a gentleman at Brighton—he then said that he lived in Raleigh-street

—I said there was no such street in that district—he said it was Raleigh-street over the water—I then sent for a constable and gave him the note, after marking it and showing it to a neighbour—at the station, the prisoner said he had just come from Liverpool, and had taken the note there—he was asked for his residence, and he said "Raleigh-street;" that he should have stopped there that evening had he not been taken, but he had no residence in London.

JOSEPH BUMSTEAD . I am inspector of notes to the Bank of England—I have looked at this note—it is a forgery.

THOMAS POTTER (Policeman, A 250). I took the prisoner into custody—he said he was a betting man and a book-maker, and he took the note from a gentleman at Brighton—he was asked his name and address—he said he had no address in London; that he came from Liverpool the same day—I searched him but found nothing on him.

GEORGE HOWARD (Police-inspector, B). When the prisoner was brought to the station I asked his name—he said Charles Stevens—I asked his address—he said he bad no fixed home; that ho came from Liverpool the evening previous, and had slept one night in Raleigh-street—I asked how he became possessed of the forged note—he said he had taken it in a betting transaction; I understood him to say skittling—the prosecutor remarked, "Why, he said he came from Brighton"—the prisoner made no answer to that.

Prisoner. Q. Where was the constable standing when the charge was booked? A. By the side of you.

Prisoner to Thomas Potter. Q. Did you hear me say that I had taken the note at Liverpool? A. No—I was standing by your side all the while.

Prisoner's Defence. There is no legal evidence to show that I had guilty knowledge or that I was previously acquainted with forgery; it may be the misfortune of any one to be in possession of a forged note. It may not he a satisfactory way of showing how it came into my possession, but my occupation leads me into business transactions with persons who I am totally at a loss to give any account of. I am a stranger in London.


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