22nd November 1869
Reference Numbert18691122-4
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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4. WILLIAM SMITH, (29) , Unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MESSRS. COLERIDGE and WIGHTMAN conducted the Prosecution.

ANNIE HANNAFORD . My husband keeps the Hand in Hand public-house—on 22nd October, about 11.30, I served the prisoner with a pint of beer—he gave me a bad half-crown—I gave it to my husband, and the pot boy fetched a policeman.

JOHN FREDERICK HANNAPORD . I keep the Hand in Hand, Holborn—my wife gave me this bad half-crown, and I said to the prisoner, "Have you got any more?—he said "Yes," took some money out of his pocket, with some coppers, and gave me a good half-crown—I sent for a policeman—the

prisoner said that he did not mind going to the station, but he was anxious to get on a Royal Blue bus.

JOHN KEY (Policeman E 155). I was called, and took the prisoner—he said that he did not know he had any other money—I found on him two good half crowns, some coppers, a tobacco box, and some stamps—the prosecutor gave met his half-crown.

ELLEN KNIGHT . I am barmaid at the Robin Hood, Holborn—Mr. Arnold is the landlord—the prisoner came there with a woman, in the middle of October, about 10 a.m., for two glasses of porter, and gave me a half-crown—I gave him 2s. 4d. change, and put the half-crown in the till, where there was no other—the landlord spoke to me ten minutes afterwards—I looked at the half-crown, and it was counterfeit—no other half-crown had been put into the till.

Prisoner. Q. How came you to take it? A. I did not observe it much, as it was a very foggy morning—a policeman spoke to me about it, it might be a fortnight afterwards—the policeman did not describe you to me—no bad money has been offered me since you have been here.

JAMES ARNOLD . I am landlord of the Robin Hood—I went to my till on this morning, and found a bad half-crown, two sixpences, and a shilling—I gave the half-crown to the constable.

JEREMIAH SUTTERS (Policeman E R 23). I received this bad half-crown from Mr. Arnold.

Prisoner. Q. Did you give my description to the witnesses? A. No. WILLIAM WEBSTER. These coins are both bad—one is of 1818, and the other 1824.

Prisoner. I want the witnesses called who have spoken against my character.

COURT to J. SUTTERS. Q. Did you say all this which is in your depositions? (As to the prisoner's previous conviction). A. Yes, because there was a very strong likeness in the prisoner. (MR. COLERIDGE slated that the charge of former conviction was withdrawn.


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