Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 01 December 2021), June 1863, trial of MARY GARDENER (32) (t18630608-785).

MARY GARDENER, Royal Offences > coining offences, 8th June 1863.

785. MARY GARDENER (32), was indicted for unlawfully uttering counterfeit coin. MESSRS. CRAUFURD and ROWDEN conducted the Prosecution.

MARIA GRACY . I am the wife of William Gracy, a dairyman, at Henry-street, Victoria-road, Stepney—on Saturday, 28th March, the prisoner came for a quarter of a pound of butter—she put down a crown, which I afterwards found was bad—I told her to wait a moment while I got change—she got on the step of the door, and said, "Is it a bad one?"—I said, "Wait a minute and I will let yon know"—she then ran away—I followed her, and gave her into custody, with this crown (produced).

Prisoner. I do not know her.

COURT. Q. Are you sure she is the woman? A. Quite positive; I saw her afterwards on the Monday, at the Thames Police-court.

THOMAS MARTIN (Policeman, K 379). The prisoner was given into my custody, with this crown, on 28th March—she gave the name of Martha Williams—I asked for her address, and she said she lived anywhere—she was taken to the Thames Police-court, remanded, and discharged—I am certain she is the woman I had in custody.

BENJAMIN BROWN . I live at Islington-green, and keep a general shop—on Sunday, 17th May, the prisoner came in and bought three penny eggs—

she placed them in a saucer which she had, and then passed a piece of money over the counter in such a manner that it roused my suspicion—she slid it along under her hand—as soon as the took her hand up I saw it was bad, I walked round the counter with it, and asked her if she had any more of these bad ones left—she said nothing, but ran out of the shop, leaving the saucer and the eggs—I went out after her, caught her, brought her back to the shop, and asked her to wait till I had served the other customers—while there she said she had got the crown from a gentleman who had got change at the Angel—on the road to the station she threw a saucer away—when the charge was being booked she said she had received it from some gentleman she had slept with in the Vinegar-grounds in the City-road—at the police-court she said she had received it from a girl who head got change for a sovereign for a gentleman at the Angel, Islington, and that the girl gave it to her to fetch the eggs—I gave the crown to the constable, this is it (produced).

CHARLES ADEY (Policeman, N 522). The prisoner was given into my custody by the last witness, with this crown; two halfpence and a purse were found upon her—she said she had no particular address—she gave the same of Mary Gardener.

WILLIAM WEBSTER . These coins are both bad.

The prisoner's statement before the Magistrate was here read as follows;—"I took it of a gentleman who changed a sovereign at the Angel, Islington, and paid for some port wine, and with whom I staid all night. I did not know it was bad"

GUILTY *— Confined Six Months.