Stuart Allen, of London, was charged with travelling on the Great Northern Railway from Dunstable to Hatfield without paying for his fare on May 7th; and his brother, Norman Allen, was charge with aiding and abetting the offence.
Detective Inspector Marks called Robert Harvey, ticket collector, who stated that on the day in question Norman Allen came off the Luton and Dunstable train at 8.04 a.m. and passed the barrier stating he had a season ticket. He went to the booking office, but when he returned did not show any ticket.
In consequence of information from the booking clerk he followed the defendant and found him in a third-class compartment in the 8.18 train for King’s Cross, and asked him why he had taken a ticket for London if he had a season. Norman then said it was for his brother who was sitting beside him. Witness asked the brother where he had come from, and he replied that he had come from Dunstable and offered to pay the fare, but the witness refused to take it. He then asked Norman if he knew that his brother had not taken a ticket at Dunstable, and he said he did know. Stuart said he had not time to take one at Dunstable but witness pointed out to him that he had had ample time to rectify the matter at Hatfield. The defendant Norman Allen said it was all his fault. They were fined £1 each and costs of 15s.6d.