29th May 1876
Reference Numbert18760529-375
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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375. JOHN JONES (61) , Unlawfully uttering counterferit coin.

MESSRS. CHARWFORD and ELVID conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM CLIFE . I keep the dolphin in red lion street—on Saturday, 29th April, about 10 a.m., I served the prisoner with 2d. worth of whiskey—he have me a florin, I put it into the till where there were no other florins and gave him 1s. 10d. change—my wife said something to me, I took out the florin, found it was bad, and put it a way by itself—on the next night, Sunday about 6.30, the prisoner came again, and I recognized him before I served him—he asked for 2d. worth of whiskey and a hall ounce of tobacca which came to 5d.—he gave me a florin I exaned it and found it was bad; I said "Have you brought this to match the one you left here yesterday—he said "what do you mean?"—I told him he was in my house yesterday and paid me with a bad florin—he said "I never was in your house before"—he drank some of the whiskey—I Said I shall have you locked up," and sent for a policeman', but could not hud

one—The prisoner went out and I followed him to a public-honse at the corner of Holborn where he called for a pint of ale and tendered a good shilling, and when he came out a policeman was there and I gave him in charge with the two florins.

ANN CHIFF . I am the wife of the last witness—I saw the prisoner there on the Saturday morning and went to the till and found a bad florin—there was no other florin there—next evening the prisoner Came again and had some spirits—he was charged with passing a bad florin the day before, and I said "You are the man;" he said I was never here before."

WILLIAM PIPER (Policeman E 243). I met Cliff about 6.30 and took the prisoner outside a public-house in holborn—I told him the charge—he said nothing—Cliff handed Me these two florins.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These coins are both bad, and from the same mould.

Prisoner's defence. I most positively assert that I was never in this house in my life until this night some persons were very much like one another, and it is easy to make a mistake; I am perfectly innocent.

GUILTY Four Months' Imprisonment.

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