Robbery by a boy - petty sessions

Hertfordshire Mercury, 18th August 1906


A boy named William Gilham, of West Ham, was charged with stealing, on the 12th inst., a silver watch and a bunch of keys, the property of Mrs E. Struit, Prosecutrix, who lives at Goffs Oak, stated that she left home about 3 o’clock with her husband for a walk, and when she got home she missed the watch produced and the keys from her front bedroom. She had met prisoner in the street on her way home. She knew the prisoner, and he had had dinner in the house the previous day. P.C. Belton said he found prisoner at Goffs Oak the same night, and questioned him as to his movements during the afternoon. He then took him into custody and on the way to the station the prisoner said ”I took it” and added he had hid it up. They went to Newgatestreet Road, where they found the watch hidden in the bank at the side of the road. Prisoner then informed witness that he had taken some keys as well, and showed him where they were hidden in Goffs Lane. Prisoner said he was sorry for what he had done. His father explained that prisoner’s brother and sister had come to Cheshunt under the Children’s Free Air Fund, and the boy must have got away with them. Chairman gave the prisoner a severe reprimand and bound him over to be of good behaviour in future.

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