Theft of apples

Hertfordshire Mercury, 28th August 1915


At Cheshunt Petty Sessions Charles Cockman (18) and Herbert Howard (9), of Rye Park, were charged with stealing apples value 3d., the property of William Herbert Cutler, on July 28.  Cockman was also charged with assaulting Nancy Maud Cutler.

The defendants pleaded guilty.  Nancy Maud Cutler said that on the evening of July 28 she went to her father’s kitchen garden, where she saw the two boys picking apples, which they put in their pockets.  The witness ran and caught Howard, and then Cockman came up, took a stick away from Howard, and hit the witness on the face.  P.c. Berry said that when he saw Nancy Cutler she had two marks on the side of her face.  Both boys said they were sorry.  An official from Edmonton Union said that arrangements had been made by the Guardians for Cockman to go onto a training ship.  He had been a boarded-out boy from the Union.  The Chairman: ‘And you can take him away again.  We shall be glad to be rid of him.’  Howard’s mother said she could do nothing with her boy.  He had been birched once before, but it had no effect.  The Bench handed Cockman over to the Guardian’s official, and fined Howard 2s. 6d., the Chairman remarking that that he was sorry he had not the power to have Howard birched.

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