Pound of flesh - stealing a Sunday dinner

Hertfordshire  Mercury, 16th November 1907

Transcript

At a special Bench on Monday, before Mr William Holland, Thomas Ives and Henry Coxall, labourers, of South Street, were brought up in custody, charged with stealing 1lb of beef and 2lb of veal, value 1s 8d., the property of Joseph Mansfield, butcher, of London Road, Hockerill, on Saturday.

P.C. Burns stated that he was on duty in the London Road at 1.30 p.m. on Saturday when he saw prisoners loitering in a suspicious manner. He kept observation on them and saw Ives take the meat through the window of Mr Mansfield’s shop, while Coxall watched and helped Ives push it into his pocket.

Witness went to them, and in reply to his remark Ives said “Sorry; I wish it had been something worth having”. Coxall said “I don’t know what made him do it; I only helped to put it in his pocket.”

The prosecutor identified the meat, and the Magistrate remanded the prisoners to the Petty sessions on Thursday of next week . They were admitted to bail in their own sureties of £5 each.

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