4th April 1836
Reference Numbert18360404-1075
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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1075. ANN BARRETT was indicted for a misdemeanour.

MR. ELLIS conducted the prosecution.

WILLIAM HENRY WILD . I am in the service of Mr. Thomas Dodd Standeven, of Richmond-street, St. James's The Prisoner came to his shop on the 1st of April, about seven o'clock in the evening for seven pounds of coals and a bundle of wood—they came to 1 1/4 d—she offered a sixpence and a farthing and told me to give her 4 1/2 d. change—I had not charge and I gave her the sixpence and farthing again, and knocked for my mistress—when she came, the prisoner gave her the sixpence and farthing—my mistress bent the sixpence, and told her it was bad—the said she did not know it—that she bad taken it in change for a shilling, and asked my mistress to give it her back, that she might get it exchanged—my mistress said she would do no such thing, it was a bad one, and she knew it—the prisoner left the shop, and my master came in.

ANN REBECCA STANDEVEN . I am the wife of Thomas Dodd Standeven. I saw the prisoner on Good Friday evening, about seven o'clock in the shop—she gave me a sixpence and a farthing and told me to give her 4 1/2d—I looked at the sixpence, bent it, and I said, "This is a had one, and you know it"—she said "Give it me back, I will get it changed"—I said, I would not—she said, "Chop in half and then give it me"—I said, "I will do no such thing, look what I have taken from some of you"(pointing to a crown which I had nailed to the block)—"I will take you to the station" she said I might if I liked—she then out, and I knocked for my husband—he went after her and took her.

THOMAS DODD STANDEVEN . I received a sixpence from my from my wife, which I gave to the officer—when I was called the prisoner was two or three doors off—I followed her with the boy, and took her by the shoulder—I told her I wished her to go down to the station—she said, "Very well; I did not know the sixpence was bad, I took it in change for shilling."

COURT. Q. How far was it from the place you took her to the station house? A. Perhaps half-a-quarter of a mile—it was at the corner of Compton-street and Dean-street—she might have dropped money on the road, but she was looking into a baker's shop when I came up to her, and had I not come up I think she would have gone in—she said she lived in Bouverie-street, Holborn.

WILLIAM M' DONNELL (police-sergeant C 10) On Good Friday, when this witness brought the prisoner to the station, and handed me this sixpence, I perceived she had something in her mouth—I asked her what it was—she said, "Nothing"—I said, "Open your mouth, "which she did, with her tongue down—I said, "Open it further, "she did so, and tried to gulp something—Ossett seized her throat, and her till she put this other sixpence out of her mouth.

ROBERT COSSET . I saw the prisoner brought to the station—the sergeant said she had something in her mouth—I seined her, and she gave out this sixpence.

SUSAN SPINDELOW . I searched the prisoner at the station—she had 4 1/2d. on her.

JOHN FIELD . I am inspector of coin to the Mint. These sixpences are both counterfeit, and from the same mould.

Prisoner's Defence. I know nothing about it—it being wet that day, I had been drinking a drop, and did not know the half-pence were in my pocket. I do not know who I look the sixpence of—my sight is very bad—I took them in the street for thing which I sell.

GUILTY . Aged 49— Confined One Year.

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