24th October 1864
Reference Numbert18641024-996
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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996. CHARLES HENRY HAMMOND (39) , Unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MR. POLAND conducted the Prosecution.

ROSINA LITTLE . I am the wife of William Little, and keep a sweet shop, Green-lane, Chadwell—on Saturday evening, 15th October, the prisoner came into my shop about a quarter past 6 for a pennyworth of apples—he gave me a half-crown—I told him I could not change it, and laid it on the table—he took it up and asked me if I could change a shilling—he then gave me a shilling, and I gave him a threepenny bit and 8d. in coppers, change—directly he left the shop I thought the shilling was a bad one, and gave it to a constable with some information—I saw the prisoner in custody about ten minutes afterwards—there was another man outside the shop when I was serving the prisoner, but I did not see enough of him to swear to him—he got away.

HENRY SMITH . I keep the White Hart at Chadwell, about 100 yards from Mrs. Little's—on Saturday evening, 15th October, between 6 and 7, the prisoner came for a glass of ale, and gave my wife a half-crown, and I saw W give him a two-shilling piece and 4 1/2d. change—she put the half-crown in the till—about five minutes afterwards, in consequence of information, I vent to the till and found one half-crown, two sixpences, and two threepenny

pieces—the half-crown was bad—I gave it to the constable, and gave the prisoner into custody.

JONATHAN STREAMS (Policeman, K 219). On the evening of 15th October I received some information from Mrs. Little, and went in search of the prisoner—I found him in a ditch about thirty yards from the shop, lying down—there was another man with him, but he ran across the fields and I lost him—I took the prisoner back to Mrs. Little, and she identified him—I found 2s.3d. in silver, and 13d. in copper on him—I produce a shilling I got from Mrs. Little, and a half-crown I received from Henry Smith.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These two coins are bad.

Prisoner's Defence. I am as innocent as a child; I was never in custody before.

GUILTY .— Confined Nine Months.

Before Mr. Common Serjeant.

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