21st October 1861
Reference Numbert18611021-857
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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857. THOMAS MATTHEW (30), Was indicted for a like offence.

MESSRS. COOK. and, M. J. O'CONNEL. conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM OSBORN . I am a baker of 114, High-street, Poplar—on Saturday evening, 28th September, about half-past 8 o'clock, the prisoner came into my shop, asked for a half-quartern loaf, and tendered me a shilling—I gave him 6d. and 2 1/2 d. change—as soon as he was gone I found it was bad,

and went in search of him—I found him about ten doors off, entering Mr. Hogmire's, a butcher's shop—he bought a piece of meat—I was then in the middle of the road—he came out and joined another man, who was standing outside holding the loaf, while the prisoner went into the butcher's—the prisoner then placed the meat with the loaf in the handkerchief—the other man gave the prisoner something out of his waistcoat pocket—the prisoner then went to the corner of Robin Hood-lane, where I met a policeman and gave him in charge for passing bad money—he said, "I know nothing about it"—he was taken to the station—I went with him, and said to the inspector in his presence, "This is the man who passed one to me on the night of the 14th"—the prisoner then shammed deaf, and never answered—he was silent—I remember the prisoner being in my shop on the night of the 14th—he gave me a bad shilling for a half-quartern loaf—I kept the bad shilling in my waistcoat pocket, and gave them both to the policeman on the 28th—I marked them.

Cross-examined by. MR. POLAND Q. At what time was the shilling passed on the 14th? A. About a quarter past 10 at night—I was serving—I gave change for it, and put it in my pocket because I found it to be bad—it was in the till for a quarter of an hour—I put it there when I got the change—there was silver and copper there, but quite separate—I put it with the farthings—I went to the till a quarter of an hour afterwards, found a bad shilling, and put it in my waistcoat pocket till the 28th—I was not looking out for the person who gave me the bad shilling on Saturday night, bat I had a suspicion of the man when he came in.

COURT Q. Then how was it you took a bad shilling of him? A. Because after I had taken it and bade him good night, he never made me an answer.

MR. COOK Q. On the 14th when you took the shilling, did you place it in the till? A. Yes; close to the partition, and I afterwards took it from the same spot—I had not been to the till to put any other money in afterwards.

SIMON RALPH . (Policeman, k. 224). The prisoner was given into my change—I told him he would have to come to the station with me, as the complainant gave him in custody for passing bad money his shop—he said, "I have been to no shop"—I secured both his hands, as he wanted to get them to his pockets—I searched him, and found a bad shilling in his right trousers' pocket, also a purse containing 17s. 6d. in good money—I also produce two bad shillings which I got from Mr. Osborne.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These coins are all bad.

GUILTY .*— Confined Eighteen Months.

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