Uttering counterfeit coin at St Albans - painful experience

Hertfordhire Mercury, 9th November 1907


William Jones, 23, gas fitter, was charged with unlawfully and knowingly uttering counterfeit coin at St Albans, on July 18th.

Mr Murphy, for the prosecution, said that on the occasion of the Pageant at St Albans, numerous clever people came down from London and exercised their skills on the inhabitants. (Laughter.)

it appeared from the evidence that the prisoner went into the shop of Agnes Hoban, George Street, and brought a packet of Players cigarettes for which he tendered a florin. A policeman named Payne, who had been watching the prisoner, followed, and after looking at the coin ran after him as he made his exit from the shop. Prisoner, however, was too quick for him, and, taking to his heels, bolted, but luckily there was another policeman, (also named Paine) waiting at the bottom of the street, and he secured him.

The prisoner having been in custody four months, the learned Judge took this into account and sentenced him to a further eight months’ hard labour.

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