A fowl deed indeed

Hertfordshire Mercury, 1st July 1916

Transcript

At Herts Quarter Sessions, Henry Card (49), a labourer, was indicted for stealing 5 fowls, the property of George Moon, at North Mymms, on June 17th.  The facts of the case had been fully set out when the case had been heard previously at Hatfield Petty Sessions.

The prisoner, who pleaded guilty, said that he had committed the offence whilst “in drink”.  He said that he had been in the army for 12 years and he asked that the court take account of his previous convictions.  Detective Parker read out a long list of previous convictions against the prisoner which included one term of penal servitude for wounding, and others for theft and assault.

The Chairman said that the crime of fowl stealing from poor people was as great a crime as stealing valuable property from the better off, and that the prisoner would thus be sentenced to 3 years’ penal servitude.

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