23rd June 1890
Reference Numbert18900623-513
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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513. JAMES YOUNG (25) , Unlawfully forging and uttering and counterfeiting a certificate of character.


CHARLES HALWARD . I am a clerk in the office of the Commissioner of Police, at Scotland Yard—on 2nd April I received this letter. (This was signed "James Young," offering himself as a candidate for the Metropolitan police Force, and stating, among other matters, that he had been in the 8th lancers)—I sent him this form with printed details to be filled in, and I

received it back filled up as it now is. (This gave name, age, height, measurement, and other details)—with it I received these two parchment documents (One of these certified that his conduct while with the colours had been very good; that he was in possession of a second-class certificate of education, and was sober, honest, and trustworthy, and was a good groom; and was signed, "Colonel St. Quentin. "The other was a parchment certificate, stating that he was seven years with the Reserves, and was of the second-class of education; and was signed"Captain Vesey")—the Commissioners considered he was a proper person to be placed on the list of candidates if the documents were genuine, and his name was placed on the list—on 22nd April I sent him notice to attend for medical examination—he came; the prisoner is the man, to the best of my belief—he passed the medical examination—inquiries were made, which led to this prosecution.

TIMOTHY WALLIS (Sergeant K 38). I am stationed at Barking—on 5th April the prisoner brought me this form with the measurements on it, and said he was a candidate for the police, and wanted to be measured—he said his name was John Young—I measured him and filled up the form, and gave it back to him.

FRANK NORMAN BUTLER . I am a sergeant-major of the 8th Hussars, stationed at Shorncliffe—I hold a civil position as orderly-room clerk—the prisoner was a private in the regiment for seven years; he served with me for about three years at the depot, and then I was in India lot the remainder of his time—on 28th March this year he was discharged into the Reserve—it was my duty, as orderly-room clerk, to make up for the commanding officer's signature his certificate of character—on the prisoners discharge I filled up an official form, D 439, and handed it to the commanding officer for signature—there are a number of the forms in the office; we use about 100 a month—anyone employed in the orderly-room has access to them; no one else—they are kept in an unlocked cupboard in the clerks' room—I did not fill up this form, or any part of it—this is not the Colonel's signature; it is spelt "ton" instead of "tin"—the prisoner is described in this document as of very good character; that is not the character he bore in the regiment—I prepared this parchment certificate of education, D 426, to be signed by Captain Vesey—I filled up his education qualification as the fourth class, in which he was; the "fourth" has been altered to "second"—the fourth is the lowest class.

THOMAS ASTON ST. QUTNTTN . I am Colonel commanding the 8th Hussars at Shorncliffe—the signature of this army form, D 439, is not mine; it is spelt "ton"; I spell my name "tin"—when Captain Vesey signed this other certificate he was commanding in my absence—I was not with the regiment on the day this one is signed in my name.

HERBERT GEORGE BOORD . I am military staff clerk at the Cavalry depot, Canterbury—I produce the official registry of the prisoner's service in the 8th Hussars—his character was "Bad, and addicted to drink"—he held a certificate of education of the fourth class—he was punished twenty-five times for ordinary offences against military discipline, being late, and so on, and nine times for drunkenness—he was tried by district court-martial for striking his superior officer, and sentenced to eighty-four days' imprisonment.

GEORGE BUSH (Police Sergeant). I arrested the prisoner at half-past ten on 30th May, at Woodford, Essex, on a warrant, which I read to

him—it charged him with unlawfully forging a certificate of character, with intent to obtain the position of a constable—he said, "I did not write the certificate; it is as I received it from the clerk"—on the way to the railway station he said, "I am very sorry that I applied for the police"—I took him to Bow Street—he was charged, and made no reply—the next day he said to me of his own accord, "The original certificate that I received from the regiment I have destroyed; this one I received from Corporal Haligan; I aid not pay him for it."

The Prisoner's statement before the Magistrate: "I had the certificate given to me."

The Prisoner, in his defence, said that Corporal Haligan gave him the certificate half an hour before he left, and he sent it up to the police, and that he had received the original proper certificate from Sergeant-Major Smithers.

HUGH HALIGAN . I am a lance-corporal in the orderly-room of the 8th Hussars—I did not abstract nor fill up this form and give it to the prisoner; I know nothing about it—I never saw it before—I know of the blank forms—I have never let people have them—a person might come into the room and take one out of the cupboard; there is not always someone in the room—I gave the prisoner this education form, but I know nothing of the character form; there is no truth in what the prisoner says—I have been in the regiment two years, but I have been in the depot nearly all the time.

GUILTY of Uttering— Nine Months' Imprisonment ,

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