1st February 1836
Reference Numbert18360201-617
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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617. ANN SMITH, alias Betsy Waters , was indicted for a misdemeanour.

MR. CHAMBER conducted the Prosecution.

ELIZABETH SIMS . I live in Bridge-street, Lambeth, and am a tobacconist. On the 28th of December, the prisoner came to my shop, between seven and eight o'clock in the evening—she asked for half an ounce of snuff—it came to 2d.—she gave me a shilling—I gave her the change—my daughter came into the shop, and said it was bad—I called in an officer, and gave her into custody—I gave the constable the same shilling.

Cross-examined by MR. DUNBAR. Q. What light had you? A. We have two gas lights, one in the window and one on the counter—the shilling was not out of my hand—we both looked at it, and called the constable, who was passing—I had given the prisoner the change, and then snatched it from her—she did not say, "If you object to the shilling, I do not require you to take it"—she said at the station-house that she had it from a gentleman.

MR. CHAMBERS. Q. Did you receive a shilling from the prisoner, and hand that identical shilling to the policeman? A. Yes; it never went out of my sight till I gave it to the officer—I went to the station and marked it.

DAVID FORSTER (police-constable L 33.) I was called into the prosecutor's shop. I took the prisoner to the station-house—I searched her there and found a good half-crown in her hand, but no other money—she objected to be closely searched by me—a woman was sent for, but found nothing on her—she said she took the shilling from a gentleman—Mrs. Sims delivered me the shilling—this is it—I asked the prisoner her name—she said, "Ann Smith"—she objected to tell where she lived, but afterwards the said she lived in High-street, Marylebone.

Cross-examined. Q. Did she object to be searched by a woman? A. No—she kicked me violently—that was not when I wanted to search her—I went to take hold of her arms and rub down her breast—I did not see her throw any thing away—I have never said that she did—she was remanded for a week, and then discharged.

JOHN BUSHILL . I live at No. 7, Portsmouth-place, Kennington-lane, and am an apothecary. The prisoner came to my shop on Friday night, the 8th of January, between five and six o'clock, for a pennyworth of pillcochia and an ounce of salts—she placed on the counter a shilling—I gave her 10d. change—on taking up the shilling I found it was counterfeit—I took the money away from her, and the shilling, and gave her into custody—she told me she took it of a gentleman—I asked where she lived—she said in Jews'-row, Chelsea—I marked the shilling, and gave it to the officer.

THOMAS WHITEHEAD (police-constable L 103.) Mr. Bushill sent for me. I took the prisoner, and he gave me this shilling—the prisoner said her name was Betsy Waters.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you search her? A. No; a woman searched her—there was nothing found upon her.

JOHN FIELD . I am Inspector of counterfeit coin to the Mint. These shillings are both counterfeits.

MR. DUNBAR. addressed the Jury.

GUILTY . Aged 18.— Confined Twelve Months.

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