Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 07 December 2019), June 1860, trial of JOSEPH WORLEY (25) (t18600611-516).

JOSEPH WORLEY, Royal Offences > coining offences, 11th June 1860.

516. JOSEPH WORLEY (25), was indicted for a like offence.

MR. COOKE conducted the Prosecution.

SARAH SEELEY . I am barmaid at the San public-house, in Little Sutton-street, Clerkenwell—on Friday 11th May the prisoner came to our house—he wanted a quartern of gin, I served him—it came to 3d.—he gave me a shilling, I gave him change, and put the shilling in the till—there was no other shilling there—the prisoner left the house, and in a few minutes my mistress came in; she went to the bar, and took out that shilling, and it was a bad one—I had not put any other money in the till after that shilling—Mr. Barber was there, and she saw the man I took the shilling from—on the next evening the prisoner came again; I knew him again—I spoke to my mistress, Mr. Miller—the prisoner asked for a glass of rum; it came to 2 1/2 d.—he tendered in payment a shilling—Mr. Miller took it, and it was a bad one—I told him he had given me one the night before—he said he had not been in the house—I told him he had—I am sure he had.

ELLEN BARBER . I was in the Sun public-house on the evening of 11th May—I saw the last witness serve a young man with the gin—I could not swear that the prisoner was the man; it was one very much like him—she served him—I could not say what she received from him.

Prisoner. Q. Do you remember saying on Saturday that you could swear to the man? A. No; you said "Come in and see whether you know me"—I said, "I don't want to come in,"—I believe you to be the man.

ANN MILLER . On Friday night, 11th May, I went to my till and found a bad shilling—my barmaid described the person who gave it her—she said she should know him in a minute—there was no other shilling in the till neither good nor bad—I marked the shilling and put it by itself—on the next night I was there when the prisoner came to the bar—Seeley pointed him out to me; he asked for a glass of rum—the barmaid served him and he put down a bad shilling—I said to him "You are the man I want; you was here last night,"—he said, "I was not in the house before,"—I said, "Whether you was or not I shall lock you up"—I bent the shilling which he gave me and he said, "Don't disfigure it, I am a hard working man"—I sent for a constable and gave the two shillings to him—I marked the one that I found in the till on the Friday night—Mr. Barber came in for her supper beer, and I said "The man is here that passed the bad shilling"—she said she believed he was the man—he said to her, "Come in," but she did not—I had heard the prisoner's voice on Friday night, and I knew his voice again on Saturday.

JOHN TRAWIN (Policeman, 446 A). I took the prisoner in custody—I found on him a half-crown, a shilling, a sixpence, and 2d.—Mr. Miller gave me these two shillings.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These are both bad and from the same mould.

Prisoner's Defence. Mr. Miller called the young woman to say I was the man. I asked her several times and she would not make me an answer. Mr. Miller said, "I am sure he is the man, I know his voice." I can assure you I am not guilty of going in the house on Friday, and the other, I did not know it was bad.

GUILTY .— Confined Six Months.