Selling intoxicating liquor to a child

Hertfordshire Mercury, 27th February 1915


At Cheshunt Petty Sessions John Wetmore, of the Old Highway Tavern, Rye Park, was summoned for selling intoxicating liquor in an unsealed vessel to a child under 14 years of age, and Margaret Hammond, of Rye Park, was summoned for sending the child for the liquor.  Wetmore pleaded guilty, and the defendant Hammond, owing to a family bereavement, did not appear.

P.c. Cooling said that on January 29, at 1.10 p.m., he was in the Old Highway Road, Rye Park, when he met a little girl, apparently about 10 years of age, carrying a jug.  He asked what was in it, and she replied ‘stout’.  From what she told him he took her back to the Old Highway Tavern, when he saw the defendant, Wetmore.  He said to him: ‘Are you aware you are committing an offence by supplying a child under the age of 14 with intoxicating liquor?’ and the defendant replied: ‘I did not think the Act was in force very much just now’.

The witness afterwards saw Mrs Hammond, who admitted sending the little girl for the stout, as she was not feeling very well.  Wetmore was fined 10s. and costs, or 14 days, and Mrs Hammond 2s. 6d., or three days.


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