1st February 1858
Reference Numbert18580201-246
VerdictGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment; Imprisonment

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246. JOHN VERNON (23) and ELIZA JAMES (26) , Unlawfully having counterfeit coin in their possession; with intent to utter it: to which

JAMES PLEADED GUILTY .— Confined Twelve Months.

MESSRS. TINDAL ATKINSON and MEW conducted the Prosecution.

CHARLES SWANN . I am a shipwright, of Regent Street, Blackwall. On 4th Jan., about 6 o'clock in the evening, I was in High Street, Poplar, and saw the prisoners and another man and woman opposite the Coopers' Arms, at the corner of Robin Hood Lane—James took something in a paper out of his pocket, gave something out of it to the men, and the two men went across the road into the Coopers' Arms, and called for some gin—I just looked inside the door, and told the barman something—I saw the two men at the bar; they paid with a 2s. piece—I cannot say which laid it down—I did not see it tried or returned to them—they went out, and went across the road to a little beer shop, Taylor's, and the women stood in the road—I went in directly they came out—I found a policeman towards Poplar, and he followed them with me to Shore and Brill's clothes shop—one of the men went in there, and the prisoners were over the road—the man came out, kept on the same side, and walked a little further up—Vernon went towards Commodore Court, and the other man walked towards High Street—I lost sight of the women—Iafterwards saw James coming down to Vernon, but she did not join him, as a constable seized hold of her.

CATHERINE MARKS . I manage the business of my sister, who keeps the Coopers' Arms, High Street, Poplar. On 4th Jan., about 6 o'clock, Vernon and another man came in for half a quartern of gin; one of them gave me a 2s. piece; I bent it in the detector, returned it, and said, "You must give me better money"—Vernon took it up, looked at it, and handed it to the

other, who said that he had taken it in change for a sovereign—one of them then laid down two penny pieces, and they went away.

EDWARD DUGAN (Policeman, K 71). On 4th Jan., about 6 o'clock, I met Swann, and we followed the prisoners and a man—I saw the two prisoners go up Commodore Court, while the other person went into a shop—I went past the court, and returned to see what the man was doing in the shop—the prisoners came down to the bottom of the court, and stood speaking to each other—I asked Vernon where he lived; he said, "What is that to you?"—Jameswalked on—I asked him what he had been doing at Mrs. Belcham's; he said, "I know nothing about Mrs. Belcham's"—I said, "The public house at the bottom of the street," and told him I should take him for attempting to pass counterfeit coin there—I took hold of him, and he became very violent, and tore the collar of his coat—James came back, and I asked him if he knew her; he said, "No"—another constable came, and took him by the collar, and I laid hold of James, and held her as long as I could, but Vernon took me by my belt, and James struggled and got away; I followed her, and found her in custody of a person named Hall, at the railway bridge—shehad 13d. in copper in her right hand—I took hold of her hand, and she said, "It is all right; these are coppers"—I had not charged her with any thing then—Hall and I afterwards went back to the railway, which runs under the street, near the bridge, and I saw him pick up a florin and two shillings, which were lying on the rails, also a small piece of paper, which had a circle on it from coin, but I have lost that; it was gone when I got to the station—the coin was about fifty paces from where the prisoners had been standing—James was taken on the bridge.

HENRY HALL . I am a shipwright, of High Street, Poplar. On 4th Jan. I saw the prisoners and another man—James gave the two men something; the other man crossed to Shaw and Brill's, and I saw money in his hand—I walked up towards Arrow Lane, watching the woman, and lost sight of her—Iwas talking to a gentleman, and we saw the woman run towards us—someone called out to stop her, and she lifted up her right hand, and threw something—I caught her in my arms—Policeman 71 came up, and we took her to the station—we then returned, and found these two shillings and this florin down on the railway, about eighteen inches apart, and from six to ten yards from where James raised her hand—I only saw the coins.

PHILIP BEARE (Police inspector, K). I received these coins from Dugan, and gave them to Hall, who marked them—they are the same pieces—I gave them to Dugan again, when he returned to the station.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These are all bad coins.

VERNON— GUILTY . *— Confined Twelve Months.

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