At Hertford County Sessions, James Smith, of no fixed abode, was charged with night poaching on land in the occupation of the Marquess of Salisbury, at Essendon, on 9th January, and further with assaulting William Percy Maddocks, a gamekeeper in his Lordship’s employ. He pleaded guilty to both charges. The prisoner had been remanded from a previous hearing in order that the police might make enquiries about him.
Supt Pear said that, as a result of his investigations, he had found that the prisoner had 13 previous convictions against him.
The prisoner was sentenced to 3 months’ hard labour for poaching, and 3 weeks for the assault, the two sentences to run concurrently from the previous Saturday.