Case dismissed - colour blind

Hertfordshire Mercury, 7th July 1906


At Hatfield Petty Sessions on Monday, Frederick Harry French was charged that on the 1st of July he was found on enclosed premises supposed for the purpose of committing a felony.  P.C. Wright said that at 10.30 the previous evening he heard a noise at the Woodman beerhouse and saw a light.  He looked over the fence and saw the defendant looking through windows and striking matches. The landlord shouted ”Who’s there?” and defendant came towards the gate and witness took him into custody.

He searched him, but did not find anything on him.  Richard Moore, the landlord of the Woodman, said the defendant came to his house about 9.55 and asked for a glass of beer but did not drink it.  He afterwards saw him outside, but he did not see what his intentions were.  Defendant denied that he was on the premises to do anything wrong.  He was colour-blind and was trying to find a place where he could lie down and wait till the morning.  The Bench dismissed the case.

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