23rd June 1884
Reference Numbert18840623-753
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour; Imprisonment > hard labour

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753. GEORGE SHATTOCK. (32) and SELINA FOLEY. (36) , Unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MR. RAVEN Prosecuted. EDWARD METCALFE. I am barman at the Earl of Beaconsfield, Deptford—on 24th May, between 10 and 10.30, I served Foley with a pot of ale; she gave me this half-crown—I put it in the left-hand corner of the till, and it was afterwards marked—I gave her 2s. 2d. change—when we closed, my mistress counted the money and said that it was bad, and took it into the bar parlour to Mr. Lee—Foley stopped till the house closed—there were other people there—next day, Sunday, I saw Foley again, and she came in several times in the next week—on June 2nd I saw her with Shattock, whom I had not seen before—I did not receive the coin that day—she was charged after that.

Cross-examined by Foley. The coin was kept separate in the till—I had suspicion about you—I said nothing to you on the Sunday.

Re-examined. I said before the Magistrate "It was after the second coin was passed that we charged her—that was what we were waiting for.

MABEL STEWART . I am barmaid at the Earl of Beaconsfied—on 2nd June, between 7 and 8 p.m., I served Shattock with a pot of ale, he gave me a half-crown—I took it to Mr. Lee, he took it to Shattock, who wanted it back again or the change; Mr. Lee would not give it up—Foley was with Shattock drinking out of the same pot for about five minutes—I cannot say that they came in together, but they went out together—I have seen Shattock in the house once or twice, and I have also seen Foley.

Cross-examined by Foley. I know your husband; lie was with you—there were a good many of you together—you came back after Shattock

was taken and stayed there some time—you were a frequent customer—I had no suspicion of you till the first half-crown was passed.

EDWIN LEE . I am landlord of the Earl of Beaconsfield—on 2nd June my barmaid brought me this half-crown, which I marked—I asked bhattock if he tendered it—he said, "Yes, will you give it to me back?"—I said, "No, I have had bad money changed here before"—a friend with him said, "Give it to the man back"—I said, "No, I will not"—he then walked outside—I jumped over the bar and followed him towards South Bermondsey—his friend came up, held me by my shirt as I had no coat on, and said, "You don't want to charge him, let the man go," pointing to the prisoner to run—he ran and knocked over two boys under the arch; a policeman stopped him—I went up to Shattock—the policeman had to draw hia staff—I gave the coins to the constable; theee are they—the woman who is a customer of ours came into the house with the prisoner—I have seen her husband come in with her several times.

Cross-examined by Foley. I said at the station that I had two bad half-crowns in a piece of paper—I took one out of the paper and left the other—I could not swear to one, but both were paid that night—I marked the half-crown at the station—they were both in an envelope and separately wrapped in paper on the 24th.

Re-examined. I put the date on a piece of paper—two bad coins were taken on the 24th, and I put them in the same envelope, but the one changed I wrapped in a piece of paper and gave to the detective afterwards—I do not know the man who stopped me.

DANIEL DOWSON (Policeman M 337). On 29th June, a little before 8 o'clock, the potman called me to the Earl of Beaconsfield—I found the prisoner standing by Mr. Lee; he ran towards me and went through the arch; I took him—he said, "What do you want?"—I said, "Mr. Lee will tell you when he comes, I believe you have been changing some bad money"—Mr. Lee came up and gave him in custody for changing a bad half-crown—I was too far away to see the man come up to Mr. Lee—I found a good sixpence on Shattock—I asked him why he ran—he said, "How did I know what you wanted with me?"—Mr. Lee handed one of the coins to the inspector at the station.

EDWARD GODDARD (Police Sergeant M). I saw the prisoners on 24th May, with another man whom 1 know well, at Rotherhithe between 7 and 8 o'clock, from 400 to 500 yards from the public-house.

Cross-examined by Foley. I did not give evidence at the police-court—I was at the Surrey Sessions—I was at the station when you were charged.

JAMES TOLEY (Detective M). On 2nd June I took Foley in Offpine Road, near where she lives and near the Earl of Beaconsfield public-house, about 10 p.m.—I charged her with being concerned with a man in custody in passing a counterfeit half-crown at the Beaconsfield—she said, "I was in his company drinking with him, but I know nothing about him"—I said, "You will be further charged with uttering one on the 24th"—she said, "That will be a false charge then"—I took her in custody—on the way to the station she said, "You ought to have the man, not a poor woman"—at the station when the charge was read over to her she said, "Why was I not detected at the time, for I had several half-crowns at the time?"—I received a half-crown from Mr. Lee on the 25th in that piece of paper produced and dated; Mr. Lee wrote on it.

Cross-examinsd by Foley. I might have charged you with passing two bad half-crowns when I arrested you, but it was one really.

WILLIAM JOHN WEBSTER . These coins are both bad, and of different dates.

The Prisoners' Statements before the Magistrate. Shattock says: "She is a perfect stranger to me. I am at work every day getting plenty of money, from 6 to 10 every day, without interfering with bad money." Foley says: "I never saw this man with my eyes till I saw him in the public-house."

Witnesses for Foley.

JULIA DAY . I am the wife of John Day, labourer, of 11, Ludford Road, Rotherhithe—on Whit Monday, 2nd June, I called for Mrs. Foley—we went for a walk, and met Mrs. Brown and asked her to treat us—we went into the Lion, and then went to meet our husbands—my husband and Mr. Foley came along; we went to the Beaconsfield with them—between 5 and 7 o'clock Mr. Foley called for a pot of half-and-half, and then we came out and left Mr. and Mrs. Foley together to go home and have some tea—we all came out of the public-house together—I did not see you in Shattock's company, or run out of the Beaconsfield.

ALICE BROWN . My husband is a dock labourer, of 3, Whitmore Road, Deptford Lower Road—I met Foley in the Corner Lane about 3 o'clock on Whit Monday—she asked me to treat her; I took her to the Red Lion—I never saw Shattock before—I stayed with Foley the whole evening till she and her husband went home—I was at the Beaconsfield about an hour with Mrs. Foley and Mrs. Day—Mr. Foley paid, I did not; I did not see Mrs. Foley pay for any, I don't think she had any money—she left me at 7 o'clock at the Beaconsfield to go home to tea—I was with her from 3 till 7 o'clock.

Cross-examined. I heard a row in the house about a bad half-crown—I didn't see the man nor Mrs. Foley then; I didn't see her afterwards—a good many persons were in the house drinking.

By the COURT. Mrs. Foley was there all the time I was there because I was nursing her baby—I did not leave with Mrs. Day—I remained there with my husband after Mrs. Foley and Mrs. Day had left.

Re-examined. Foley came back for her baby; she only stayed against the door, she did not go out—she only had to drink a share of what we had.

Shattock, in his defence, stated that he put down a good half-crown in the Beaconsfield, that the landlord came and asked who had passed a bad halfcrown, that he said he had paid with a half-crown, and asked' to look at it, but that the landlord called for a policeman and jumped over the counter, and he went outside. Foley stated that on the Saturday she paid with one of three half-crowns her husband gave her, and then went home and had tea, and came back, that nothing was said about the half-crown, and that she was leaving the second time when the detective arrested her; she denied ever having seen Shattock till she was in custody.

EDWIN LEE (Re-examined by the COURT). I took two bad half-crowns on the 24th; one was put in that piece of paper, and the other left in the till—the one on the 2nd June was put in the same paper as that from the till.

SHATTOCK.*†— GUILTY of the uttering on 2nd June. Twelve Months'Hard Labour.

FOLEY.*†— GUILTY of the uttering on 24th May. Eight Months' Hard Labour.

Before Robert Malcolm Kerr, Esq.

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