Alleged false pretences

Hertfordshire Mercury, 13th March 1915


At Waltham Abbey Petty Sessions on Tuesday, Patrick Carden (18), of Enfield Lock, was charged with obtaining by false pretences from Joseph William Wigney, cashier at Messrs. Nobels Ltd., the sum of 5s. 6d. on February 19, with intent to defraud.

According to the evidence of Mr. Wigney and Mr. Sidney Channan, a time clerk, the defendant was employed at the Waltham Abbey factory of Messrs. Nobels, and on the day in question a slip was handed in showing that he had worked 111/2 hours, whilst as a matter of fact he left work early in the morning and did not return until 7 p.m. when he was seen in the pay tent.  The time clerk, in reply to a question, admitted that the defendant did not personally hand him the slip.  The defendant said that on the morning in question he had toothache and went home at 8.30.

Next morning he told an office boy (not the one present in court) that he was away so many hours, and the lad said it would be all right.  The case was adjourned for a week in order that the office boy on night duty, and any witnesses the defendant desired to call, might be produced.



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