Drunk in charge of a donkey

Hertfordshire Mercury, 14th February 1914


At Waltham Abbey Police Court, Richard Pether (47), of Silver Street, Waltham Abbey, was charged with having been drunk in charge of a donkey, the donkey being attached at the time to a costermonger’s barrow, in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, on 7th February.

After a delay of half an hour on account of there being insufficient Magistrates present, it was decided to proceed with the case. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge, which was proved by Sergeant Dyke.

The defendant was fined 5 shillings, whereupon he asked that he be allowed time in which to pay.  The Clerk said that he should pay something on account that day, but the defendant, amidst some laughter, replied “I only have ten pence now, sir”.

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