At Waltham Abbey Petty Sessions on Tuesday, before Mr A. J. Edwards, and other Justices, the case was resumed in which John Frankham, described as a warehouseman, of Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, within the precincts of Waltham Abbey Police Court on August 17.
At the last hearing the evidence of Detective-Sergt Childs was to the effect that the defendant was drunk within the Court Lobby and, as he refused to go away, he was arrested. Additional evidence that the defendant was drunk was given by Dr H. B. German and PC Lamprell.
The defendant asserted that on the morning of the 17th he was in ‘The Crown’ beerhouse prior to the sitting of the Court, and that the Detective-Sergt. was there also. Had he been intoxicated the licensee would not have served him, and he would not also have been allowed to sit in the Police Court for quite half an hour.
The Bench imposed a fine of 10 shillings and 14 shillings doctor’s fees – 24 shillings in all.