At Herts Autumn Assizes, Charles William Cox, 63, a painter, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering the shop in St Albans of Mr W. R. Kingham on 11th November and stealing 4 pipes. He also admitted a further conviction for larceny at Southampton Assizes, on 24th June 1916.
Mr E. H. Tindall-Atkinson, prosecuting, said that this present offence took place at about 10pm when the prisoner broke the window of the tobacconist’s shop and stole the pipes. He was arrested at once by PC Fletcher who said to the prisoner at the time “This is quick work, old man”. The prisoner had replied “I did not know you were so close. I shall get a night’s lodging now”. The total damage was £7 10s. Mr Tindall-Atkinson had no evidence to give as to the general character of the prisoner. The Judge responded by saying “I have plenty, I am sorry to say”.
In answer to the Judge, the prisoner then admitted the following convictions: 3/8/16, two months for wilful damage; 24/6/16, at Hants Assizes, one month for stealing a spade; 30/6/14, twelve months at St Albans Sessions; 1913, two months at Old Street Police Court for wilful damage in the name of Tom Smith; 1910, three years’ penal servitude.
His Lordship said that he need not go through all of the convictions, but that the prisoner had a bad record and would be sentenced to 3 months’ hard labour.