Penal servitude for an old offender

Hertfordshire Mercury, 27th November 1915


At Hertfordshire Assizes on Monday, George Cox (46), pleaded guilty to stealing five blankets, two ground sheets, and two pairs of boots, the property of the Secretary of State for War, at East Barnet on October 24.

Mr Murphy said the prisoner pleaded that he committed the theft in order to get out of the Army. He joined the Army at the end of September and committed this theft at the end of October.There was a long list of previous convictions dating from 1905, and his sentences included three years’ penal servitude twice.

The Judge said the prisoner had six convictions for burglary.  From the reports in front of him he observed that the prisoner had been given every opportunity to turn over a new leaf and lead an honest life, but he had always failed to do it. He must go to penal servitude for five years.

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