13th January 1879
Reference Numbert18790113-144
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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144. ARTHUR THOMAS MARSH (22) and THOMAS WILLIAM WOOD (26) , Unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MR. LLOYD Prosecuted; MR. M. WILLIAMS defended Marsh.

ARTHUR THOMPSON . I am in the employ of Mr. Camming, hosier, 1; Blomfield Street, City—on 19th December, between 2 and 3 o'clock, Wood

came to the shop for a sixpenny pockethandkerchief, and tendered in payment half-a-crown—I noticed it was a very bright one—I put it into a till in the desk—there were five or six other half-crowns there—quite old ones—a detective came in about a quarter of an hour afterwards—in consequence of what he said I took out the new half-crown, and discovered it was bad—I gave it to the detective.

SYDNEY HAWK . On 19th December I was manager of the Auxiliary Steam Company, New Broad Street—about 2.45 Marsh came for a Christmas card, price fourpence—he tendered in payment half-a-crown—I gave him the change—the policeman Smith afterwards came in—I looked at the half-crown—I had previously put it in the till—there was no other there—I gave it to the constable.

Cross-examined. I did not see anybody else but Marsh.

ALICE WATKINS . I am in the employ of Mr. Davis, pork butcher, 9, New Broad Street—on 9th December, about 3 o'clock, Marsh came for half a pound of butter—it came to tenpence—he tendered in payment half-a-crown—I gave him 1s. 8d. change—I put the half-crown in the till—there was no other half-crown there—Mr. Sagar came in two or three minutes after, and in consequence of what he said I examined the half-crown, and found it to be a bad one—I gave it to the constable.

CHARLES WILLIAM SMITH (City Policeman 161). About 2.30 on the 9th December I was on Finsbury Pavement with Mr. Sagar—I saw the two prisoners with another man—I followed them through Finsbury Circus—they were suspiciously loitering about—I saw Wood go into No. 1, Bloom-field Street—he came out, and I followed him—he joined the other men in New Broad Street, 150 yards distant—I saw Marsh go into 36, New Broad Street—I went in and asked what he had purchased—Sagar remained outside—I continued following them—they were together, about 30 yards from the shop—they turned back before Palmerston Buildings, and had some conversation—I lost sight of the other man—the two prisoners did some writing together on the window-sill at Palmerston Buildings—I followed them into Bishopsgate Street—then they came back—Marsh left Wood standing in Palmerston Buildings—I then followed Marsh to Davis's pork-butcher's shop, No. 9—I got Sagar to go in and see what he was purchasing—I waited outside—Marsh went to Wood again—Sagar afterwards joined me—he took Wood into custody—they were together then—I took Marsh—I said "I have been watching you—you have been passing bad money"—he said "I know nothing about it"—I searched him at the station, and found 10s. in silver (three florins, one shilling, half-a-crown, and sixpence) and twopence in bronze, all good money—also one scarf pin in the coat pocket, a bunch of four keys, two old knives, a tobacco pouch, a pipe, and a pockethandkerchief—all on Marsh, in the pockets of his coat and waistcoat—I also found half a pound of butter—I found on Wood these seven counterfeit half-crowns (produced), two scarf pins, a new pockethandkerchief, one pair of earrings, a pair of sleeve-links, three florins good money, and twopence in bronze—the seven half-crowns were wrapped up in three different papers, the outward piece brown, then tissue, and then newspaper—I received these three half-crowns (produced) from the witness Thompson.

Cross-examined. Marsh gave me a correct address—I saw nothing pass between the prisoners while following them.

Cross-examined by Wood. I saw you first at Finsbury Pavement—the

third man was with you—I did not see you cross to Moorgate Street station—I did not see anything pass between you—I saw you go into a public-house in Wormwood Street with him—I ascertained you went in to change 10s. silver for half a sovereign—at Moor Lane station I believe you said the money was given by Marsh—you did not say the parcel of coins were handed to you by a strange man.

ROBERT SAGAR . I live at 47, Bartholomew Close—I was with the last witness on the afternoon of 9th December last, and have heard his evidence—I agree with it—I am not a member of the police force—I took Wood into custody—I went into the shop and Miss Watkins showed me a bad half-crown.

Cross-examined by Wood. I first saw you on Finsbury Pavement—I was with Smith the whole time from Finsbury Pavement to Broad Street—I saw a third man with you—I did not see anything pass between you.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . Here are three counterfeit half-crowns; one uttered by Wood, the other by Marsh—all from one mould—the seven half-crowns found on Wood are all bad—five from the same mould as those uttered; the other two different.

Wood in his defence stated that a strange man whom he met at a public-house sent him with the half-crown to buy a pocket handkerchief, and handed him the paper parcel containing the bad coins, and that he had no idea of its contents.

Marsh received a good character.


WOOD— GUILTY .— Twelve Months' Imprisonment.

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