18th May 1885
Reference Numbert18850518-540
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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540. STEPHEN SULLIVAN (65) , Unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.


JAMES FROOME . I live at 19, Stock well Green—on 19th March I was in Covent Garden selling plants, and the prisoner came up and bought two plants for eighteenpence; he gave me a half-crown; I gave him a good shilling—I got the plants down, and he said they were not worth the money, and asked for the half-crown back; I gave it to him, and he gave me a shilling; I put it in my ticket-pockot by itself—he had a canvas bag like this (produced) on his left arm, and he gave me the shilling with his other hand; he had put the shilling I gave him into his left hand under the bag—about a quarter of an hour afterwards I found that the shilling he gave me was bad, and gave it to the sergeant—I saw the prisoner a fortnight afterwards at Bow Street.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I saw you in the market a few days afterwards, but did not give you in custody because the sergeant said I was to keep the money till he came round—I did not sell you the plants for fifteenpence—the sergeant described you as coming round with a bag and passing bad money for a long time previous, but I only saw you once afterwards till the sergeant fetched me—I am sure the shilling I gave you was good.

Re-examined. He bought the plant about 6.30 a.m., and I had had a warning from the sergeant before that, in consequence of which I put the shilling in my pocket, and when he came I found it was bad.

JOHN TAYLOR (Police Sergeant E 5). On 17th March I was on duty in plain clothes in Covent Garden Market, and watched the prisoner from 7 o'clock to 8.30 for a reason—on the 19th, about 4 a.m., I went to Mr. Froome and gave him instructions—I went to him after this transaction, and he produced a shilling from his pocket; it was bad; I bent it with my fingers and marked it—on the morning of 28th April I saw the prisoner going about the market in a suspicious manner with a bag on his left arm, going from one salesman to another—I watched him a very few minutes as I was in uniform—I caught him by the hand and said, "Give me that out of your hand"—he said, "I don't know what you mean"—he resisted, but I opened his hand and found this bad shilling (produced)—I bent it in my mouth, showed it to him, and said, "There you are"—I had to move the bag from his arm—I said, "I shall take you it custody for uttering one on 19th March to Mr. Froome"—he said, "I know nothing of it"—I took him to the station and found 8s. 6d. in good silver and 4d. in bronze—he was placed with six others, and Mr. Froome identified him.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . I am examiner of coins to the Mint—these coins are bad, and from different moulds.

The Prisoner's Statement before the Magistrate. "I had the 1s. in my hand which I had taken for two plants which I had sold." He repeated this statement in his defence.


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