John Donovan, 60, labourer, pleaded not guilty to stealing a pair of boots, the property of Robert Jones, at South Mimms, on June 16th. Mr Murphy prosecuted, and the prisoner being very deaf, his Lordship asked Mr. Langton to defend him.
It appeared from the evidence that the prisoner was seen by a little girl to take the boots and she told Mr. Jones, who went in pursuit, gave information to P.C. Dixon, and the prisoner was captured almost directly afterwards with the boots in his possession.
Prisoner said he had bought them from a strange man.
He was found guilty, and there being a long list of previous convictions, showing he had served 21 years’ imprisonment, he was sentenced to six months’ hard labour.