For stealing a gold watch, one can do 'time'

Hertfordshire Mercury, 17th August 1918

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At Hitchin Assizes on 13th August, Winifred Mackey, motor driver, A.S.C., MT, stationed at Hitchin, was charged with the theft of a gold wrist watch, value £5, on 29th July, the property of Adela Eames, another motor driver.

Adela Eames said that she had missed the watch from the Superintendent’s office at the camp.  Later, she had seen the defendant wearing the watch.  The number in the watch case had been erased, and the defendant had been raffling her own silver watch.  Superintendent Reed said that the defendant had told him that she bought the watch in London, but said that she did not know the name of the shop  or the street in which the shop was.  The defendant was a London  girl.

The defendant, who offered no explanation in court, was fined £20 or 2 months’ imprisonment, a week being allowed for payment.  The defendant had previously appeared as a vocalist at local soldiers’ concerts.

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