A case which created considerable interest at St Albans Sessions was the case in which Charles Addington (49), restaurant proprietor, of St Albans, was indicted with receiving three fowls, the property of Mrs Susan Tuck, on February 15, knowing them to have been stolen.
Mr J.H. Murphy prosecuted and Mr Tindall Atkinson defended.
George Young (78), labourer, who was charged with stealing the three fowls referred to, and pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 12 months’ hard labour.
In opening the case against Addington, Mr Murphy said the fowls were stolen from the premises of Mrs Tuck in Hatfield Road, St Albans. One night Young went to Addington’s and asked for sixpence for a night’s lodging, and the next day he turned up with three fowls, with the story that he could not afford to keep them. Addington bought them for 6 shillings and he later on told the Police that the same man sold him a couple of fowls about a week ago.
George Young, in evidence, said no questions were asked by the defendant as to where the fowls came from, and he did not say.
Detective-Sergt. Paine spoke to visiting the Creamery, one of the prisoner’s shops, and among a number of fowls which were hanging up in the bakehouse he saw one of those in question.
The defendant gave evidence, and said he had no suspicion that the fowls were stolen, and he paid a fair price for them.
The defendant was given an excellent character, and the jury returned a verdict of not guilty after a quarter of an hour’s deliberation, and the accused was discharged.