An ungrateful relative

Hertfordshire Mercury, 7th April 1906


A plea of guilty was entered by George Steers, engineer, to an indictment charging him with stealing £12, the money of James Timson, at St Steven’s, on March 23rd.

Mr C.T. Part, who prosecuted, said the prisoner was a relative by marriage of the wife of prosecutor, who is the landlord of the Red Cow, Colney Street.

Prisoner went to prosecutor’s public-house about a month previous to the 20th of March and asked for lodgings. He was given lodgings on the strength of this relationship, and also on strength of an assurance that some money was coming to him from a relative. He, his wife and child remained at the house for about a month – till March 20th.

On that day he went to London, and after his departure it was found that a sum of £12 had disappeared from a writing desk in a chest of drawers in prosecutor’s bedroom.

Detective Sergt. Pike, of Scotland Yard, proved that at a Middlesex Quarter Sessions in October 1904, prisoner was sentenced to six months’ hard labour for stealing clothes and a watch, and that in 1903 he had received a month for theft at Edgware. He was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment with hard labour.

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