Hard labour for indecent offence

Hertfordshire Mercury, 18th September 1926

Transcript

Frederick Henry Davies (30) , a builder’s labourer , 79 Mount Pleasant Lane , Upper Clapton , was charged with an indecent offence – with intent to insult Mrs Olive Gray , at 10 a.m. on September 13 .

Olive Mabel Gray , 74 Albury Grove Road, Cheshunt , said she was in her house about 9.50 on Monday , when she saw the defendant committing the offence complained of at the gate.

P.c. T. Little (Cheshunt) said the prisoner told him he was a married man with two children and this would mean ruin in his home. He had not intended to commit the offence alleged.

Detective-Sergt. J Willey  said that when charged  the prisoner said he was not acting in the way the lady alleged .

After the Bench had retired to consider the case the Chairman said they considered the charge proved, and asked for the prisoner’s record .

Detective-Sergt. Willey said there were many previous convictions against prisoner for burglary , etc., but in April last year prisoner was discharged in a similar case to this on the ground of insufficient evidence.

The Chairman said prisoner would be sentenced to a month’s hard labour .

They thought it very much to the credit of the lady , considering the nature of the offence, that she had the courage to give evidence .

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