Source: Old Bailey Proceedings: Reference Number: t18790915-764
Date: 15 September 1879
EMMA PLUCKROSE (49) and JANE PRICE (59) were indicted for the Offence of Coining.
MESSRS. LLOYD and DE MICHELE Prosecuted.
ANN HOW. I assist my brother at the Sir Paul Pindar, Bishopsgate Street—on 2nd September, between.1 and 2 o'clock, Pluckrose came in for twopennyworth of brandy—she held a handkerchief to her face, and said that she had the face ache very badly—she gave me a shilling, and I gave 6d. and 4d. change—I put it on a ledge, and afterwards gave it to the barman.
HENRY ELLS. I am barman at the Sir Paul Pindar—How gave me a bad shilling, and I followed Pluckrose to the Black Raven, and spoke to the barmaid there—I saw the two prisoners join each other, and again after coming out—I gave the shilling to the policeman—I have seen the prisoners at the bar before.
JANE MOSS. I am barmaid at the Black Raven—Pluckrose came in between 1 and 2 o'clock for 1 1/2 d. worth of rum—she tendered a sixpence; I put it in the till—there was no other silver there—Ells came in, and I took it out and found it was bad—the policeman brought the prisoners out, and I identified them.
JOSEPH PHIPPS (City Policeman 882). On 2nd September Ells pointed out the prisoners to me, and I saw them meet and go towards the Black Raven—Pluckrose went in, and Price went a few yards further and loitered about—I sent Ells into the Black Raven—Pluckrose came out and gave something into Price's right hand—I asked her what it was—she held out her hand, and there was a fourpenny piece and a halfpenny—I said, "Keep that; I shall detain you two women on suspicion of uttering counterfeit coin"—I took them to the Black Raven, and Miss Moss recognised Pluckrose and said, "She has just given me this sixpence—the prisoners said nothing—Ells gave me this bad shilling.
NAOMI MARTINDALE. I am female searcher at Bishopsgate Street Station—I found silver money on both prisoners.
WILLIAM WEBSTER. This shilling and sixpence are bad.
Pluckrose's Defence. The money was the change which a lady gave me. I had not a sixpence in my possession. I do not know what Price had.
Price's Defence. I had 6s. 2 1/4 d. when I met her. I know nothing about what she had. I had no bad money in my possession.
GUILTY. — Four Months' Imprisonment each.
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