11th June 1860
Reference Numbert18600611-517
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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517. HENRY WALLIS (23,) was indicted for a like offence. (See page 66.)

MR. COOKE conducted the Prosecution.

MATTHEW WAKEFIELD . I keep the Robin Hood and Little John in

Skinner-street—on the afternoon of 17th May, the prisoner came and called for half a quartern of gin and some hot water—I served him and be put down a bad shilling—I tried it and bent it double—I told him it was bad, and asked him if he had got any more—he then seemed to be very drunk, and I went round to him and said to him "Have you got any more?—he gave me another shilling; I gave it to my wife, she tried it and it was bad—I asked the prisoner if he had any more and he pulled out a good sixpence—my wife gave him 4d. change—I gave him both the shillings back—I went out and got a policeman—the prisoner was then outside the door going away—I followed him to the station, and at the station two bad shillings were produced—I could not swear that they were the same that he had offered to me; they were very much like them.

EDWARD WALSH . I am a porter—I happened to be in Skinner-street—I saw the prisoner tussling with the policeman—he threw down two coins, I gave them to the policeman, they were two bent shillings.

HERBERT BACON (City-policeman 617). The prisoner was given into my custody—I found two bad shillings in the lining of his hat—there was a piece of tissue paper in his hat, but that is lost—I found one bad shilling in the watch pocket of his waistcoat—I found three good sixpences, a 4d. piece, a 3d. piece, and 4 1/2 d. in copper, in his left trousers pocket—I found Home envelopes on him—he gave an address but I could not find that he was known there.

Prisoner. Q. Where were the two shillings found? A. In the lining of your hat; but when I took the hat off they fell down; they were in the hat—I did not say I found them on your head, they were in your hat.

ROBERT SMITH (City-policeman 667). These are the two shillings that Walsh brought.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These five shillings are all bad.

Prisoner. I don't deny uttering the coins; but I deny having any knowledge of their character. I don't think any one would go in a house having a knowledge of bad coin; it would be very contrary to common sense, but an innocent man may be imposed upon: any one is liable to a misfortune of having bad coin. I lent some money to a young man; I pressed him for payment, and he paid me—I suppose it might be bad; I don't know how the coins came in my hat.

GUILTY .— Confined Twelve Months.

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