13th January 1873
Reference Numbert18730113-135
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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135. JOHN GORDON (52), was indicted for forging and uttering a certain request for the payment of 2l. 15s. 6d., with intent to defraud.

MR. MATTHEWS conducted the Prosecution; and MR. BRINDLEYT the Defence.

ROBERT WOOD . I live at 143, High Street, Shadwell—I am a butcheron the 24th May last the prisoner came to me and gave me this note—"May 24. Mr. Wood,—Sir, will you please for to give to John Brown the sum of 2l. 15s. 6d., and to let him sign his name to this note.—Yours respectfully, Thomas Smith"—I know a Mr. Smith—I detained the note, and prisoner went away without receiving anything from me—I sent one of my men after him to Silvertown to see if the ship was there—he returned with the prisoner and a constable from Stepney, Station—he had said I was to pay Captain Smith of the Helen 2l. 15s. 6d. for the rum, and he told me the ship—was at Silvertown—I did not charge the prisoner, because I did not know whether this note was genuine or fictitious—I saw him again; on the 18th December—he passed my house—I went out after him, touched him on the shoulder, and said "You are a nice fellow, trying to get money out of me; I shall give you in charge; and I believe you are the man that took my friend Mr. Rose in at the same time"—I am positive the prisoner is the man.

Cross-examined. I do not know the hand-writing of Mr. Smith—I gave the prisoner in charge—my man called me on the 18th December and told me that the man that gave me the note was outside—the prisoner was pointed out to me as the man—I did not say when I went to him "I believe you are the man"—I said he was the man, and that I believed he took my friend; Mr. Rose in—I identified him when he was pointed out to me—I am certain I am not mistaken in the matter—I had never been asked to cash a note for Mr. Smith before.

THOMAS SMITH . I am a master mariner—I live at Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire—the name of my vessel is the Helen—this note is not in my handwriting, and it was not written by my authority—I have seen the prisoner before, where, I can hardly say, but I rather think he has sailed with me—I am not certain.

GEORGE HOWE . I live at 9, Bath Street, Ratcliffe—I am in the prosecutor's service—on the 24th of May I saw the prisoner in the shop—he did not

say anything to me—I am certain it was the prisoner—in consequence of a communication I received from Mr. Wood, I went to Silvertown—I saw the prisoner at Stepney Station—I went and tapped him on the shoulder and said "Have not you made a mistake? you are getting into the wrong train"—he said "No; I have not"—I said "You are not going by the train," and he went down the steps—I followed him and gave him in charge, and took him back to the shop.

Cross-examined. The man that I took to the shop was not charged—when I was before the Magistrates I spoke of the whole transaction having, occurred four months ago; it was a mistake; it is about eight months ago—I was misunderstood in my depositions.

THOMAS GURNET . I live at 104, Crisp Street—on the 24th May, last—I saw the prisoner at Mr. Wood's shop—he inquired of me if Mr. Wood was in—I said "He was not"—I told him Mrs. Wood was in, and he gave me a letter to give to Mrs. Wood—the prosecutor subsequently returned, and Mrs. Wood gave the letter to him—I am-quite certain the prosecutor is the man who brought that letter to the shop.

Cross-examined. I next saw him when he was given in charge—MR. Wood told me he was in custody,—I saw Mr. Wood give him in charge—he was not placed with other men to be identified, or anything of that kind; not to my knowledge—I have not the least doubt the prisoner is the same man—MR. Wood saw the present prosecutor twice on the day on which he left the letter.

FRANCIS LANGFORD (Policeman R R 15). On the 24th May last I had the prisoner in my charge—I took him to Mr. Wood's shop and saw the prosecutor—the prisoner was not charged at the time—the prosecutor declined.

Cross-examined. I am not the officer in charge of this case—the prisoner denied that he was the same man—I did not hear him say that he was abroad with another vessel at the time—he was committed at 4 o'clock last Saturday, and application was made for the case to stand, over that he might have some witnesses—the name of Captain Vincent was mentioned—notwithstanding that, he was sent here for trial.

THOMAS KNIGHT . I am a carriage attendant, and reside at 36, Clark Street, Nine Elms—I was present when the prisoner was given into Langford's custody—I am positive he is the man.

Cross-examined. I did not identify him among a number of other men—when I saw him Court I was told he was the prisoner.

WILLIAM HUDSON (Policeman R 551). The prisoner was given into my custody.

Cross-examined. I did not place him amongst a number of other men for identification—I charged him, and he made no reply.

Prisoner. My documents are all away with the ship that has gone—I have lost my clothes and all.

GUILTY of uttering.— Eighteen Months' Imprisonment.

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