Soldier deserter charged with theft

Hertfordshire Mercury, 6th February 1931


At a special sitting of the Court on Tuesday , before Mr A. H. Rogers (Chairman) , and Mrs E. T. Pearce , George Marlin , a soldier in the 2nd Battn. , Black Watch Regiment  , was charged with stealing a man’s jacket from St Edmunds College , Old Hall Green , near Ware , on January 26 , and further with being a deserter from his regiment since January 23 .

P.c. Warren , of Bishop’s Stortford , said that on January 28 he went to St Neots Police Station , where defendant was detained . He took him to Bishop’s Stortford , where defendant admitted stealing the coat and being a deserter from the 2nd Battn. Black Watch Regt. , stationed at Colchester. Defendant pleaded guilty , and when asked if he had anything to say said       ” No.”

Supt Wright said there were no previous convictions.

A subaltern of the 2nd. Black Watch said defendant joined the regiment at Perth on February 25 , 1930 and had a very clean sheet , and had done his work extremely well .They were surprised to hear what he had done.

Asked if they were willing to take defendant back , the officer said he was prepared to send an escort for the man.

The Chairman said that in view of what the officer had said they would place defendant on probation for twelve months , and he would be remanded in custody to await  a military escort .

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