John Hillyard (46) surrendered to his bail on a charge of obtaining goods by false pretence from various persons, by means of letters sent through the post.
The defendant was sentenced to 18 months’ hard labour at the January Quarter Session at St Albans, but the sentence was respited pending an appeal to the High Court on a point of law raised by the defendant’s counsel.
As defendant had since withdrawn his application for the Bench at St Albans Quarter Sessions to state a case, he appeared for the confirmation of his sentence.
Hillyard asked that his sentence might be reduced, and he handed in a long statement in which he promised to give up “dealing”.
The Chairman stated that the sentence should be enforced.
The Court then rose.