18th August 1862
Reference Numbert18620818-848
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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848. ANN GIBBONS (50), and MARY MILES (48) , Unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MESSRS. CRAWFORD and ROWDEN conducted the Prosecution.

JAMES HARDEY . I keep the Red Lion public-house, in Horton-street, Clare-market—on the evening of 22d July, between 7 and 8 o'clock, the prisoner Gibbons came into my house, and asked for a half-quartern of rum, she gave me a shilling in payment, and I gave her 9d.—I put the shilling in the till—there was other money there—she drank the rum, and went away—in about a quarter of an hour afterwards she came in with three other women—Miles was one of them—Gibbons asked for a quartern of rum, and tendered a shilling in payment—I gave her 6d.—they drank that between them—I put that shilling in the till—there was then in the till nothing but sixpences and the other shilling—a pot of beer was then called for by Miles, which was 4d.—she gave me a shilling, and I gave her 8d.—I also put that shilling in the till—the other two women were there then—Miles afterwards called for a quartern of rum, and tendered a shilling in payment—I looked at it; it was a bad one—I had suspicion of it, and put it on one side underneath the counter, on a ledge which comes out, by itself—the quart of beer was not drunk—Miles said she wanted half-a-pint—she took an oath she

would not drink out of a quart pot, and then asked for half a pint, and said she would pay for it herself—she gave me a shilling; and I gave her 11d. change—I tried that shilling with ray teeth; it was rather soft—I then put it the other, under the ledge—about this time a person came in and asked me for change for a half-sovereign, and I went to my till to get the change—I found the three bad shillings there, and gave them in change for the half-sovereign, and the rest in sixpences—she tried, one of the shillings in my presence, and said it was bad—I then sent ray servant for a constable, and gave all four of the women in charge, the two prisoners amongst them—the policeman took the five bad shillings I had taken—I gave the person who came for change good money, and told her to hold her tongue, as the people were in the house who had given me the money—I sent for a police-man quietly, and they were just going away when he came in—I put no other shilling in the till while they were drinking in the house, or before.

Miles. Q. Did you ever see me in your house before? A. No; never before this.

CATHERINE MONALLY . I live at Newcastle-street, Strand—my husband is a coal-whipper—I was in company with the prisoners at Mr. Hardey's—I drank a portion of the porter—I did not pay for anything myself—Mrs. Gibbons paid for a quartern of rum first—I went in with the intention of giving Mrs. Gibbons a drop of beer—I have known her for twenty years as a hard-working woman—she called for some rum, and I said, "I don t drink spirits, and have not done for three weeks"—I saw Mrs. Gibbons pay for the rum with a shilling—Mrs. Miles next asked for a pot of porter, and paid for it, I cannot say what with—Mrs. Miles then asked for a quartern of rum, and paid for it, and then for half a pint of porter, and paid for that—after that I saw Mrs. Gibbons take a shilling from her bosom, wrapped up in a piece of newspaper, and give it to Mrs. Miles, and then Mrs. Miles gave a shilling for the porter, and got the change.

Miles. Q. What did I do with the change? A. Gave it to Mrs. Gibbons—you called for a quartern of rum.

Gibbons. Q. You have often drank my company? A. Yes—never in that house—I have never heard of your passing bad money—there were two quaterns of rum called for.

HENRY LAWRENCE (Policeman, F 141). On Tuesday evening, 22d July, I was called to Mr. Hardey's, in Clare-market—I there saw the two prisoners, and two other females with them—they were all four given into my custody—I took them to the station, with the help of another constable—Mr. Hardey gave me these five bad shillings (produced)—Gibbons was very violent, and fell down several times—Miles was very quiet all the way—6d. in silver and nine pennyworth of coppers were found on Gibbons, and 6d. in silver and seven pennyworth of coppers on Miles.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These shillings art all bad, and two are from the same mould.

Miles' Defence. I am not guilty of passing bad money; we have got characters.

The prisoners received good characters.

GUILTY .— Confined Twelve Months each.

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