10th February 1879
Reference Numbert18790210-200
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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200. HENRY ALLEN (37) , Unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.


MARIA MANDELL . I am barmaid at the Robin Hood public-house, High Holborn—on 15th January the prisoner came and asked for half a quartern of rum, and tendered a two-shilling piece—I saw it was bad at once—I showed it to Mr. Lindley, the landlord—he examined it in my presence, and gave it back to me—I had my eye on it all the time—I took it back to the prisoner and said, "Do you know if this is a bad one?"—he said "No"—he put it in his pocket and gave me a good shilling, and I gave him change, sixpence, four pennies, and a halfpenny—a constable was sent for, and the prisoner was given into custody—the florin produced is the same—I bit it.

SAMUEL TOZER (Policeman E 178). I took the prisoner into custody—I told him the charge and said, "Will you give me the coin which you passed?"—he did so—he said nothing—I marked it; this is it—I searched him, and found on him a fourpenny piece, a sixpence, and 8 1/2 d. in bronze, all good money—I took him before the Magistrate—he was remanded and discharged.

THOMAS KEMP . I am manager of a coffee tavern, 143, Drummond Street, Euston Square—about 5.40 on the evening of the 29th January I was called by our servant, Mary Ann Ross, who showed me a bad shilling—I saw the prisoner through the window running in the street—I followed and caught him, and held him till the policeman came, and I gave him in custody—on catching the prisoner I said, "You come back to the shop with me"—he said "What for?"—I said, "I shall give you in custody for uttering a bad shilling," and with that the policeman came—the prisoner made no reply—I gave the shilling to the policeman then—this is it (produced)—it was bent by Ross in the tester—I had it in my hand the whole time.

MARY ANN ROSS . I serve in the coffee-shop—on the 29th January the prisoner came in and asked for a penny bun—he handed in payment a bad shilling—finding it was bad I went and showed it to Mr. Kemp in the parlour, leaving the prisoner in the shop—when I returned he was gone—Mr. Kemp went after him—I gave Mr. Kemp the shilling—that is it.

THOMAS FLOOD . I live at 28, St. Pancras Square—I am an army pensioner

—I was at this coffee-house on the evening of 29th January, and saw the prisoner there eating a bun—I saw him hand a shilling to the barmaid, and saw her put it into the tester—when she did so the prisoner laughed, and the moment she turned to go to the manager he stooped down and ran out of the door.

THOMAS SEARLE (Policeman S 246). On passing Mr. Kemp's shop I saw a crowd a little lower down, and saw Mr. Kemp holding the prisoner—he gave him into custody—I took him back to the shop—he said, "Why should I want to pass bad money, when I have good money in my pocket?"—I said, "Why did you run away?"—he said, "I saw the other man run and I ran too" (meaning Kemp)—I found a good two-shilling piece and fivepence in coppers on him—I received the shilling from Mr. Kemp.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . I am Inspector of Coin to the Mint—these are a bad florin and a bad shilling.

Prisoner's Defence. "I did not know the money was bad."

GUILTY .— Twelve Months' Imprisonment.

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