Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 08 December 2022), February 1836, trial of FREDERICK GOODWIN, alias Goodman (t18360229-824).

FREDERICK GOODWIN, Royal Offences > coining offences, 29th February 1836.

824. FREDERICK GOODWIN, alias Goodman , was indicted for a misdemeanor.

MR. BODKIN conducted the prosecution.

WILLIAM WADS . I am the son of Josiah Wade, a baker, in York-street, Westminster. On the 10th of February, the prisoner came, about nine o'clock at night, for a 1d. loaf—he gave me half-a-crown—I gave him 2s. 5d.—I put the half-crown into the till, and about three minutes after I found it was had—there was no other half-crown in the till—I told my mother—she looked at it, and put it away in the back of the till, where it remained till the next day—I was in the shop next day—at one o'clock, the prisoner came in again for a 1d. loaf, which he offered to pay for with another half-crown—I saw it was bad—I called my mother, and she and my father came into the shop—my father took hold of the prisoner, and sent for the policeman—I said he was the man who had brought the first half-crown—he said it was not him, and he did not know that he had a bad one then; and that ha had been there the evening before—I am sure he is the man—I knew him again when he came the next day—both the half-crowns were given to the officer—I am sure it was him—I took notice of his cap and coat—his coat was something of a green colour—it was between light and dark—I could hardly notice the half-crown—I looked at his face, and am sure he is the man.

ELIZABETH WADE . I am the mother of this witness. I saw the prisoner in the shop on the 10th of February, when I went in; and when I went back, my son called to me to know if I had noticed which way the man went—I looked at the half-crown, and put it at the back of the till—on the next day my son called me into the shop, and I saw the prisoner there—I knew him to be the man I had seen in the shop the evening before—there was a second half-crown taken of him—I gave them both to the officer.

MICHAEL ELLIOTT (police-constable B 132.) I was called in, and took the prisoner—I received these three half-crowns there—I found no money on the prisoner—I had seen him within a hundred yards of the shop on the evening before, about five o'clock, and ordered him away.

ELIZABETH WADE re-examined. I put the first half-crown which the prisoner gave me in the back of the till, and there was one more there, which had been taken on the Wednesday—they were mixed together—I gave them and the one the prisoner brought on Thursday to the officer.

JOHN FIELD . I am inspector of coin to the Mint. These three half-crowns are all counterfeit, and two of them are from the same mould.

Prisoner's Defence. I had never been in the shop before—I was at home at my mother's, taking tea.

GUILTY . Aged 20.— Confined One Year.