19th September 1864
Reference Numbert18640919-849
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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849. THOMAS BARNARD (16) , Unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MR. COLERIDGE conducted the Prosecution.

SARAH AMELIA POWER . I am ten years old, and live with my parents, who keep the Robin Hood public-house, High-hill Ferry—on a Wednesday in August, between half-past 12 and 1 o'clock, the prisoner came in, and asked for half a quartern of gin, which came to 2 1/2d.—he gave me a half-crown—I took it to my mother, who bit it, and put it on the counter—my father took it up, and spoke to the prisoner—the gin was in a bottle, and I took it off the counter.

THOMAS POWER . I am the father of the last witness, and keep the Robin Hood public-house—on 10th August, about half-past 1, I saw my daughter serve the prisoner—he put down a half-crown—she looked at it, and took it to her mother, who bit it, and brought it to me—I took the bottle of gin from the prisoner, and asked him where he got the half-crown—he said that he earned it at shoe-blacking, and got a young chap to give him half a crown for two and sixpence.

CHARLES CRISP (Policeman). On 10th August, I received this counterfeit half-crown (produced)—the prisoner was taken before a Magistrate, remanded for six days, and discharged.

SARAH ANN HOWARD . I am a bonnet-maker, of 27, Providence-row, Finsbury—on 27th August, about half-past 12, the prisoner came for one pennyworth of buckram-cuttings—he gave me a shilling, which the man put to his teeth, and found to be bad—my son said that he had been there twice before for buckram-cuttings, and changed bad shillings—I saw my son give the shilling to the policeman.

HENRY HOWARD . I am the son of the last witness—three or four months ago the prisoner came for one pennyworth of cuttings, and gave me a shilling—I gave him elevenpence change—after he left, I found it was bad—my sister put it in the fire, and I saw it melt away—about three weeks afterwards, he came again for the same, and gave me a bad florin—I gave it him back—he said that he would go and change it, and did not return—on 27th August, I saw him again—he gave a shilling to my mother, who gave it to me—I told him it was the third time that he had come there—he said that it was false.

ROBERT BOULBY (Policeman, G 145). I took the prisoner—he said that a woman gave him the shilling at the corner of the street—I looked, but there was no one there—I produce the shilling and half-crown.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These coins are bad.

GUILTY .— Confined Twelve Months.

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