17th May 1832
Reference Numbert18320517-197
SentenceImprisonment; Miscellaneous > sureties

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First London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

1323. PATRICK LEARY was indicted for a misdemeanor .

MR. SCARLETT conducted the prosecution.

REBECCA CHRISTY . I am the wife of James Christy - we keep the Robin Hood, in Shoe-lane . On Saturday, the 14th of April , between five and six o'clock in the evening, the prisoner and another man came for a quartern of gin, which came to 4d.; I received a crown-piece from one of them, for which I gave change, and in about ten minutes discovered it to be counterfeit; I had no other in the house- the prisoner came again on Monday, alone, between five and six o'clock, and had half a pint of beer - I was at tea in the parlour; he gave 6d. to Fletcher, who called to me for changed - he gave me the 6d.; I took it to my husband in the parlour - he sent for a constable, who took the prisoner; I gave the officer the same sixpence and crown, after marking them.

WILLIAM FLETCHER . I am Christy's servant. On the 16th of April I served the prisoner with porter, which came to 1d.; he gave me a sixpence, which I gave mistress I had seen him there on Saturday.

JAMES CHRISTY . I keep this house. My wife gave me the sixpence; I went to the bar, and sent for a constable, to whom I gave the sixpence; it was not out of my sight at all - I marked it.

GEORGE CHIDZEY . I am a constable. I was fetched to the house, and took the prisoner; I found 5d. in copper on him - somebody said he had dropped something, and I found a half-crown close to where he stood, near the bar; I had searched him before that - he said he had been to a public-house before, and tendered the six pence; they said it was bad, but he did not believe them, and for that reason tendered it here; I received a crown from Christy; persons going to the tap-room would not pass where I found the half-crown.

MRS. CHRISTY. This is the crown-piece I received on Saturday - it has my mark on it.

JOHN CHRISTY . This is the sixpence my wife delivered to me - I marked it.

JOHN WOLVERIDGE . I keep the Gentleman and Porter public-house, in New-street-square. On the 16th of April, about half-past four or five o'clock, the prisoner came for half a pint of beer, which I drew, and he threw down a sixpence - I returned it to him, saying it was a very had one; he said, "I am very sorry - I cannot have the porter."

JOHN FIELD . I am an inspector of coin. This sixpence is counterfeit, and made of Britannia metal, so is the half-crown.

Prisoner's Defence. I went to the gentleman's house; he said the sixpence was bad - I had but 5d. more out of my wages; I worked that day at Mr. Johnson's - I was not satisfied to lose the sixpence; as I sounded it on the pavement a constable or man came up, and asked if I picked it up - I said No, but it had been refused; he said he should he glad of one hundred of them - I then went to this house to try it.


Confined Six Months , and to find Sureties .

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