15th September 1884
Reference Numbert18840915-982
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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982. THOMAS CLIFFORD (29) , Unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MR. GOODRICH Prosecuted.

GEORGE FRYER . I am barman at the Plasterers' Arms public-house, Seymour Street, Euston Square—on 16th May I was barman at the Winchester public-house, Southwark Bridge Road—on that day, at 11 p.m., the prisoner came in with another man and called for a pot of ale, tendering a two shilling piece in payment—I gave him 1s. 8d. change, and put the florin on a shelf by itself; there was no other florin there—my missis afterwards took it up and showed it to me; I found it was bad and broke it in two—the prisoners were in the house at the time—I cannot say if they saw it broken—I went to look for a constable—the prisoner went outside two or three minutes afterwards—they saw the

missis speaking and showing it to me—I stopped the prisoner as he was running away—a constable came up and I gave him into custody—he said he received the florin in his wages—I gave it to the constable—the prisoner was charged and discharged after a remand—as soon as he saw me going for a constable the prisoner came out of the door and began to run directly.

GEORGE LOMAS (Policeman M 37). On 16th May I was on duty in Suffolk Street, Southwark Bridge Road, and saw the last witness holding the prisoner—I went up—Fryer said "I give this man into custody for passing a bad florin in the Winchester public-house, 201, Southwark Bridge Road"—he handed me a florin broken into these two pieces—the prisoner said "I have been working at St. Olave's Wharf, Tooley Street, to-day; I got the money there"—I searched him at the station and found 1s. 6d. in silver and eight coppers on him—he gave the name of Patrick Brennan—he was charged at Southwark Police-court and discharged.

ELIZABETH RAINER . I am single and keep a chandler's shop at 115, Broad Wall, Southwark—at half-past 9 on the evening of 21st July, the prisoner came in and asked for a pennyworth of bread and a pennyworth of cheese, offering me a shilling—I saw by its look it was bad—this (produced) appears like it—I bent it in the tried—I said "Well, young man, this is No. 3 to-day, it is quite time this was stopped"—he said nothing, but pretended to be intoxicated by leaning against the place; he could not stand up—he spoke properly when he came in and asked for the bread and cheese—he said he had taken it where he was working—he gave the name of some docks, I cannot say what—I sent for a constable and gave him in charge—I had had other bad shillings tendered earlier on the same day, one at half-past 5 and one at eight, and I saw the prisoner outside the door when the one at 5.30 was offered me; and the man that offered it and the prisoner went away together, and seemed to be friends—I gave both the bad shillings to the constable.

Cross-examined. You did not appear to be under the influence of drink—I took the money up, turned my back to you, and came and said it was bad, and you said "I was not aware of it," and that you received it in your work.

HENRY ROUSE (Policeman L 63). I was called to 115, Broad Walk—Elizabeth Rainer and the prisoner were in the shop—Miss Rainer produced this shilling and said she had had three bad shillings tendered that day—the first I do not know who broke—the second she gave to me and said "This was brought to me by a man about an hour ago"—and about the third she said "This man has given me this shilling; I tested it and found it was bad, and then sent for a constable"—the prisoner said "I did not know it was bad, I received it in wages last Saturday at St. Olave's Wharf, Bermondsey—I searched him in the shop and found a penny and an empty purse—I took him to the station—he was charged and said he had it at St. Olave's Wharf—he gave his address at St. Olave's Chambers, Tabard Street, a common lodging house.

WILLIAM JOHN WEBSTER . These two shillings and this florin are all bad—the shillings belong to the same mould.

The prisoner in his defence stated that he was a dock labourer, and received the shilling in pay the night before, and had no idea that it was bad.

GUILTY **.— Fifteen Months' Hard Labour.

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