11th December 1876
Reference Numbert18761211-143
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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143. JOHN CRAWLEY (50) , unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MR. POLAND conducted the prosecution.

MARIAN EMMA LEWIS . I am barmaid at the Crapes public-house, in High Street, Borough—on Thursday night, 16th November, about. 9 o'clock, I was serving in the bar—the prisoner came in and asked for half a. pint of 4d. ale and 1d. worth of tobacco, and gave me half a crown in payment—It tested" it, and found it bent; I broke it; while-1 was doing it the prisoner said "What is the matter, give me the half-crown back and I will give you copper"—he said "I will go. and speak to my: bloke about it"—I told him to wait a minute, instead of doing so he ran away—he had given me 1d. to pay for what he had, and drank his beer—Wynn followed him out and he was afterwards, brought hack—I had not given him any, change—I showed the half-crown to another barmaid after I bad broken it—this is it (produced).

HENRY ALBERT. WYNN . I am in the employ of the landlord of the. Gripes—on 16th. November I saw the prisoner, there I went out after him and said "Come back, please, they want you"—he said "No, will go and fetch my mato"—he went away, I followed, him about 12 yards, behind him he told me, to go back and said I was a naughty boy to follow him"—he then went on again—I still followed him—I saw Mr. Mussard there—when we got to the Borough Market, two boys came and caught hold of me. and threw me on the ground I got away, from, them and called, out "Stop him"—I lost sight of him, and Mr. Mussard and shortly afterwards saw him in custody—he said he was the loser of the half-crown.

GEORGE MASSARD I am smith and live at 14, Redcross Street Southwark—I was at my door and saw the prisoner, and the little boy Wynn following him—from what the boy said to me I followed the prisoner some distance—he asked me to get him away from the boy he did not want to be collared and he would square me—I made no remark, but passed, on by his side; two or three boys were following and when we got opposite the Yorkshire Grey public-house two lads Came up and told him to slip down the turning on the left and they would hold the boy while he got away—I saw the two lads rash in the, middle of the road and lay hold of wynn—the prisoner set to running I ran after him and as we entered the Borough Market ha stopped and was taken into custody—he turned round tome and said "I thought you was square one and not one to get me into this trouble"

JAMES HAYWARD (Policeman, M 192). I took the prisoner, into custody—I told him he would have to go back to the Grapes public-house for uttering a half-crown—he, said "All right, I have been to look for my mate that gave me the bad half-crown, he said it was given to him for helping a man to shift some furniture from George, Street,. Spitalfields"—he gave the name of John Crawley, 26, George Street, Spitalfields—I wept, there, and there is no such number—I searched him at the Grapes and found 2d. in his right hand trowsers pocket, and in his waistcoat pocket 1s., two sixpences,' and 3s. 4d. in copper.

WILLIAM WEBSTER I am inspector of coin to Her Majesty's Mint—this is a bad half-crown.

Prisoner's Defence. I worked hard for the money and did not know it was bad till the young woman broke it.

GUILTY Nine Months' Imprisonment.

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