Ernest Males (16) of New Town, Codicote, appeared before Welwyn Petty Sessions charged with breaking into and entering the house of Herbert Males, his uncle, at Codicote, on 1st March, and stealing £14.
Herbert Males said that he had kept money safe in a locked drawer upstairs but, on 1st March, he had gone to his drawer and found the money to be missing. He informed the police at the time.
Herbert Males’ wife Emily said that she had been to work at the laundry, on the same day, but had returned to the house at dinner-time. Her nephew (the defendant) also came into the house for his dinner. In the evening, Emily Males had gone upstairs to get some money to pay a bill but found that the chest of drawers had been broken open and that some money was missing. She confirmed that she had had the key of the house in her pocket, and that no-one else had been in the house.
The court were advised that, of the £14 taken, the police had been able to recover £11 2s 10d in cash, together with goods valued at £1 3s 3d.
The Bench chose to alter the charge to one of stealing, and the defendant pleaded guilty to this. He said that, being hard up, he had thought that he might just help himself. The Chairman of the Bench admonished the defendant for his wrong doing and bound him over to be of good behaviour for a period of 12 months.