Kleptomaniacs beware !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 20th May 1916


At Hitchin Sessions, James Tomlin, a labourer, of Blackhorse Lane, Hitchin, an old soldier who had served seven years in the army, was charged with the theft of a piece of beef, valued at 6 shillings, from the shop of Frank Montgomery, a butcher.

Mr S. A. Graham, solicitor for the defendant, said that the defendant suffered from “a kind of kleptomania”, having overstrained his heart, which had then resulted in a state of delusion.  He added that the defendant had no motive for the taking of the meat.

The defendant was bound over for twelve months.

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