7th September 1909
Reference Numbert19090907-12
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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THOMPSON, George (38, hawker) , unlawfully tendering counter feit coin twice within 10 days.

Mr. Robert Wilkinson prosecuted.

HARRY GARNER , 80, Collinson Street, Borough, coffee-stall keeper. On July 13 at 11.50 p.m. prisoner with two females came to my stall which was at the corner of Union Street, and asked for three cats of tea, three eggs, and a slice of bread and butter, 6d., and gave me half-crown produced, which I found to be bad. I said, "This is no good to me, and handed it back. He then paid 6 1/2 d. in good money Prisoner did not appear to be drunk. He went away towards St. George's Church.

Cross-examined. Prisoner did not appear to be drunk.

ROCCO CARROCIERO , 142, Borough High Street, restaurant keeper On July 13 prisoner purchased two) sausage rolls, 2d., and tendered half-crown produced which I tested and broke. Prisoner became abusive, and my daughter went for a constable, who searched him see advised me to charge him, which I did. Prisoner was sober, but pretended to be drunk. I gave the coin to the constable.

Police-constable JAMBS GEHERRON, 307 M. On July 14 at midnight the last witness gave prisoner into custody and handed me broken coin, produced. Prisoner said, "I had it bunged into as—am I to lose it? I have had it in my hip pocket since this morning I took him to the station; when charged he said, "Things are so tight I do not care whether I am inside or out." I searched him at the shop and found upon him 6d. silver and 1 1/2 d. bronze good money He had been drinking, but was not drunk. He was charged the text day at the police-court and was identified out of twelve others by Garner.

W. J. WEBSTER, Inspector of Owns, H. M. Mint. The half-crown produced if counterfeit.

Prisoner's statement before the Magistrate. "I cannot remember going to the coffee-stall. I do not remember anything. I had been drinking; I have no witnesses."

GEORGE THOMPSON (prisoner, not on oath). On July 13 I had been out selling fruit, and at 12.30 p.m. received this coin which I paid to Garner at 11.50 p.m. He said, "It is no good to me." I did not understand what he meant, and thought he had not change. I afterwards tendered it to Carrociero. I have no connection with any coiners. It is quite a mistake right through. I am innocent. Verdict, Guilty—recommended to mercy.

Convictions proved, March 14, 1906, 3 1/2 years' penal servitude, for attempted shop breaking and possessing house-breaking instruments by night, after previous convictions of 10 days in 1882, six weeks in 1867; three months' in 1867; 12 months' at Greenwich in 1688; September 12, 1892, 18 months' at this Court for burglary; three years penal serviture and two years' police supervision in 1895 for burglary; May 5, 1867, one month and license revoked, willful damage; June 7, 1898, North London, 15 months' for attempted shop breaking; October 23, 1899, at this Court, five years' penal servitude for burglary; April Is, 1904, license forfeited and summary conviction as a rogue and vagabond.

Sentence, One month's hard labour.


(Wednesday, September 8.)

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