8th March 1886
Reference Numbert18860308-403
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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403. SOPHIA HARRINGTON (27) , Unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin.

MR. BODKIN Prosecuted.

HARRY INGLEDEN . I keep the Sea Lion, Wootton Street, Lambeth—on 22nd January the prisoner came in for three-halfpennyworth of rum, and put down a bad shilling on the counter—I did not touch it, but asked if she had any more like it—she said "I have no more money"—I jumped over the bar, went to the door, and called for the potman to send for a constable—while he was gone she said "Don't pinch me"—I had not got hold of her; I was in front of the door and she was in one compartment of the bar by herself—she said "I am only a poor girl; a gentleman gave it me."

HENRY ROUSE (Policeman L 63). I was called to the Sea Lion, and Mr. Ingleden gave the prisoner into my custody with this shilling—she said "I did not know the money was bad, it was given to me last night by a gentleman; I am an unfortunate girl"—she was charged, and remanded till 27th January, when the Magistrate discharged her.

HENRY PANTER . I am a dairyman, of 113, Avenue Road, Camberwell—on 5th February the prisoner came to my shop for two fresh eggs and tendered this florin—I gave her 1s. 10d. change, and then tried the florin after she had left the shop—I found it was bad—I went after her; she was about 50 yards from the shop—I said "You have given me a bad two-shilling piece"—she said "I was not aware of it; I will give you the eggs back"—I said "What are you going to do with the two-shilling piece?"—she said "I will take it where I got it from"—a constable came up and I charged her—this is the florin.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I did not put the money in the till, I kept it in my hand.

WILLIAM CARTER (Policeman P 213). I took the prisoner into custody outside this shop, she said "I had it given to me by a gentleman"—I said, "Let me see the bad money that you have got"—she said, "I shall not"—I asked her to accompany me to the station; she refused to do so—I took her into custody on suspicion—the prosecutor came and charged her afterwards; she said nothing—only the bad florin was found on her; I was just outside the door of the cells when the female searcher searched her.

Cross-examined. You gave me the purse when I was a good way towards the station—there was a good half-crown in it and the bad florin, nothing else.

WILLIAM JOHN WEBSTER . This shilling and this florin are bad.

The prisoner in her defence stated that the was an unfortunate girl, and that a gentleman had given her two half-crowns, one of which she changed at a public-house, and on her way home went to buy the eggs; that the shopman had put the florin she gave him in his till and could not say it was the same; and that she was going to take the florin back where she got it, but was arrested.

HENRY PANTER (Re-examined by the COURT). She gave me back the eggs and the 1s. 10d.

WILLIAM CARTER (Re-examined). At the police-station the inspector asked her where she got it—she did not hear, and I repeated the question—she said, "I got it at a public-house," but she could not tell where—she first said she got it from a gentleman.

GUILTY*†.— Twelve Months' Hard Labour.

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