21st October 1878
Reference Numbert18781021-858
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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858. WILLIAM MOKAY (46) , Unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MESSRS. CRAUFURD and LLOYD conducted the Prosecution; and MR. PURCELL

the Defence.

AUGUSTA CROSS . My father keeps the Boot public-house, Edgware; on 26th August, about 1 o'clock, I served the prisoner with a pint of ale; he laid a florin on the counter; I picked it up, told him it was bad, and gave it him back; he gave me another, and said that he took it at Boreham Wood Station in change for a sovereign; I have not seen it since.

MARY HUDSON . My father keeps the Old George Inn, Edgware, not five minutes' walk from the Boot—on 26th August, about 1.30, I served the prisoner with twopenny worth of whisky, and he gave me a florin; I put it in the till, where there was no other florin, and gave him the hange—he

then asked me about a lodger who lived at our house at Christmas; I told him he had gone away—he said "You dropped my two-shilling piece among the coppers; you know I gave to you"—I said "Yes"—Lachmer came in, and from what he said I took the florin from the till and gave it to him; he marked it—this is it (produced)—no customer came in between the prisoner's leaving and Lachman coming in.

EMMA SMITH . My mother keeps the White Hart, Edgware, not a stone's throw from the Old George—on 26th August, about 1.30, I served the prisoner with twopenny worth of whisky—he pulled out a handful of silver, picked out a florin, Which I picked up, and found it very light—I went into the kitchen and showed it to my mother, and went back and told the prisoner he had given me bad money, and I should send for the police; he said that I had better not charge him, or he would make it hot for me, and he offered my mother a half-crown to say no more about it—I said "We do not do business like that," and sent for a policeman and gave him in charge with the florin, which I had kept in my hand all the time.

Cross-examined. He did not look as if he had been drinking—I do not remember him saying "I did not know it was bad"—he got angry, and tried to get away, but I stopped him.

ALFRED LACHMER (209 s). I was called to the White Hart, and took the prisoner; going to the station he put his hand to his left breast pocket, and at the station he took out 2l. 4s. 6d. in good silver and bronze, and this paper, with impressions of a florin on it—I found in his left breast pocket this bad florin.

Cross-examined. I know Mr. Abery, of Hyde, who I believe employed the prisoner in mowing, and paid him 13l. 14s.—that would not be a large sum if he employed other persons under him—he said that he changed some money at the Boreham Wood Station, and stopped at the Bald-faced Stag.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . I am Inspector of Coin to Her Majesty's Mint—these three florins are bad, and from the same mould.

GUILTY . He was farther charged with a former conviction of felony at Elgware in February, 1877, to which he PLEADED GUILTY.— Twelve Months' Imprisonment .

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