9th May 1853
Reference Numbert18530509-563
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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563. MARY HALL was indicted for a like offence.

MESSRS. ELLIS and POLAND conducted the Prosecution.

ROBERT WATKINSON . I keep the Britannia beer shop, in Ratcliff-highway. On 29th March the prisoner came, between 6 and 7 o'clock in the evening—I served her half a pint of porter—she gave me a bad shilling—I broke it into three pieces, and put it on the shelf—I had given the prisoner her change, and she was gone before I found the shilling was bad—one of the pieces of the shilling that I broke was marked, and given to the constable—I had seen the prisoner very often before.

Prisoner. I was not in your place, neither do I know where your place is; you are mistaking me for another person. Witness. No, I am not.

COURT. Q. How long after she left did you break the shilling? A. Not more than three minutes; I had not mixed it with any other.

JEMIMA ANN WINCH . My father is a greengrocer, and lives in Robin Hood-lane, Poplar. On Wednesday evening, 6th April, the prisoner came between 8 and 9 o'clock for 2 lbs. of potatoes; she gave me a half crown; I tried it, and sounded it in a money-detector; it was bad; I showed it to my mother and to the policeman—it was not out of my sight—I put it into the hand of James Bousfield, and left him with the prisoner while I went for the policeman—I got the half-crown back from Bousfield—I had marked it before I gave it him—I know it was the same I gave him.

JAMES BOUSFIELD . On 6th April I got a bad half-crown from the last witness—I kept it till she returned, and gave it her again.

CHARLES HUNNISSETT (policeman, K 315). I took the prisoner on 6th April, in Robin Hood-lane—I produce a piece of a shilling given me by Mr. Watkinson, and a half-crown which I received from Jemima Wingh—I asked the prisoner where she got the half-crown; she said she took that and a sixpence for a pledge, at the corner of White-street, Commercial-road—I have made every inquiry, and there is no such place—she said she lived in White-street.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . This half-crown is bad, and this is a piece of a bad shilling.

GUILTY . Aged 30.— Confined Six Months.

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