27th February 1837
Reference Numbert18370227-731
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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731. ANN BROOKS was indicted for a misdemeanor.

CELLNA CHIARIZIA . I am the wife of Anselmo Chiarizia, we sell sugar, coffee, tea, &c, in Johnson-street, Somers-town. The prisoner came on the 26th of January to buy a candle, at about seven o'clock—I served her, and she offered me in payment a shilling—I gave her a sixpence, a four-penny-piece, and a penny—I put the shilling into the till, there was no other money in the till—no one else was in the shop—Mr. Boulanger came

out of the parlour, after she offered the shilling—my husband took the shilling out of the till about a quarter of an hour afterwards—I was in the shop till he took it—no other money had been put into the till—I saw the prisoner the next day about seven o'clock, in the shop—she asked for a quarter of a pound of sevenpenny sugar and put down a shilling—I noticed it, because she had been there the day before, and offered a bad shilling—Mr. Boulanger was then in the parlour—I called him, and he went for a policeman—I gave it to my husband, he marked it, and the policeman took her—we put the first shilling on a shelf in the shop—my husband took it to the station-house and gave it to the policeman—I was there at the time.

ANSELMO CHIARIZIA . I was not at home when the prisoner first came to the shop—I went to the till a few minutes after the shilling was received—there was no other silver in the till—we had taken the money out, as we had been robbed by a servant—I examined the shilling, and Doubting whether it was good, I took it to a chemist's shop to inquire—it proved to be bad—I put a mark on it—Mr. Boulanger was with me at this time—I took the shilling in my pocket—there was no other in my pocket at the time—when I got home I put it on the mantelpiece—I was at home when the prisoner came the second time—I took the shilling that was on the mantelpiece, and gave it to the constable at the station.

CHARLES THOMAS BOULANGER . I live in Charlton-street, Somers-town. I was in the prosecutor's shop on the 26th of January and saw the prisoner, but did not pay any particular attention to her—as far as human recollection goes, she is the person, I have no doubt—I did not see her served with the candle—I saw she had something—it was not quite seven o'clock—I was in the parlour the next day, and Mrs. Chiarizia called me to look at the shilling, saying, "This is the same woman that was here last night"—I looked at it, and considered it bad—I looked at the prisoner and said, "I think you are the same person, though you have neither cap nor bonnet," and went out for a policeman—the prisoner said, "You may have seen me, I have sold celery here"—I handed the shilling to Mr. Chiarizia, who was in the coal-cellar.

JAMES GODSTCHALK . I am a commercial traveller. On the 27th of January I was in the parlour, when the prisoner came in—Mr. Boulanger was present—I went into the shop, hearing there was a bad shilling given—Mr. Chiarizia gave me the bad shilling—that was the second one—I went for a policeman, and examined the shilling—I have not the least Doubt but that it was bad—the prisoner wanted to snatch it out of my hand—I returned it to Mr. Chiarizia, and saw him give it to the officer—he bit it—I went with the prisoner to the station—I went back to Mr. Chiarizia's shop with him, and fetched the first shilling, he returned to the station and gave it to the police-constable.

JOHN HURST (police-constable S 113.) On the 27th of January I found the prisoner at Mr. Chiarizia's—I took her, and received the shilling from Mr. Chiarizia—I took her to the station, and there received this other shilling—the sergeant on duty looked at it, but it was not out of my sight.

MR. FIELD. These shillings are both counterfeit, but not from the same.

Prisoner's Defence. I am quite innocent of the first shilling, but I did pass the last.

GUILTY . Aged 21.— Confined Six Months.

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