James Shaw, a stranger in the neighbourhood, was charged with stealing a coat and vest, value 10 shillings, the property of Mr T.J. Connell, on October 24th. George Charles Brett, assistant to Mr Connell, said that he missed the coat and vest from a passage by the side of the shop. The trousers belonging to the suit were still hanging there. He gave information to the police.
William Gutteridge stated he saw the defendant offering the coat and vest for sale in the Talbot Arms for 5 shillings. PC Penney said he went to the Talbot Arms and saw the defendant trying to sell the coat and vest. He took him to the Police Station and in reply to the charge defendant said, ”I didn’t steal it, but I know it was stolen.”
Defendant elected to have the case settled at once and pleaded guilty. He said he was out of work and stole the things to get some money to pay for his lodging and food. The Bench sentenced him to 14 days’ hard labour.