8th May 1865
Reference Numbert18650508-495
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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495. MARY ELLIS (19) , Unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MESSRS. M. J. O'CONNELL and CLARK conducted the Prosecution, and MR. COOPER the Defence.

MARGARET LEGG . I am the wife of Robert James Legg, of the French Horn public-house, Crutched-friars—on 17th April, about 8 o'clock, the prisoner came in and asked for half a quartern of gin—she gave me a half-crown—I saw that it was bad—I said nothing till I bad tried it in the detector, and I then asked her to wait a few minutes, and I would show her another bad one which she had passed about a fortnight previous—she said, "Are you prepared to swear to that"—I said of course not, but I would call the barmaid, who would no doubt recognize her—I called her and said, "Is this the young person you served with a half-quartern of rum, and who tendered you the half-crown," and she said, "Yes"—I then produced the second half-crown—the prisoner immediately run out of the house, and the potman ran after her, overtook her, and she was brought back in charge of a policeman—she left her bottle on the counter, with the gin in it—the half-crowns were given to the policeman.

Cross-examined. Q. What sort of bottle was it? A. A medicine-bottle—I don't always put half-crowns in the detector, only those I have suspicion of—we have a good many people come into our house.

FANNY O'BRIEN . I am barmaid at Mrs. Legg's—I remember the prisoner coming in a fortnight before this, about 8 in the evening, for half a quartern of rum—she gave me a bad half-crown—I gave her the change, and put the

half-crown in the till—there was no other there—Mr. and Mrs. Legg went to the till, about an hour afterwards, and saw the bad half-crown—they called my attention to it, and it was placed on a shelf—on the evening of the 17th, Mrs. Legg called me into the bar, about 8 o'clock—the prisoner was there—Mrs. Legg asked me if she was the person who I had taken the bad half-crown of, and I said "Yes" directly—I am certain she is the person—I gave a description of her to Mr. and Mrs. Legg.

Cross-examined. Q. You serve a good many women do you not? A. Yes, but we have very few women come and take things away in a bottle—she came with the same bottle before—it was a fortnight before the 17th that she came, not three weeks—we did not find any bad money in that fortnight—Mr. and Mrs. Legg and myself serve in the bar—sometimes the potman does—he is not here.

JOHN CROSSLEY (City-policeman, 551). Between 8 and 9 on the evening, of 17th April, I saw the prisoner in Crutched-friars running—the potman from the French Horn was running after her—she ran against me, and I stopped her—the potman said, "She has been passing bad money at our house, you had better bring her back"—she said, "I have never been in the house"—I took her back, and she was given in charge—while the charge was being taken she gave me a good half-crown—no other money was found on her—she refused her name and address, and afterwards gave the name of Ellis—these are the two coins I received from Mr. Legg (produced.)

Cross-examined. Q. Did the prisoner say "I passed only one?" A. Yes; she said she did not pass two.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These are both bad.

Cross-examined. Q. Are they from different dies? A. Yes.

GUILTY .— Confined Six Months.

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