Arthur Henry Dellow (23), a labourer, was charged with stealing a pair of slippers, valued at 1s. 2d. , the property of Arthur Barham, of Buntingford, on August 16th.
Lily Edwards, wife of Ernest Edwards, said she was walking with her mother on Market Hill, when she saw the defendant attempting to take a shirt from outside Mr Savage’s shop. He failed to get the shirt, but then went across to Mr Barham’s shop and took a pair of shoes or slippers and placed them under his jacket, and then walked up the street.
The prosecutor said that he had seen the defendant looking through a shop window and, after missing a pair of men’s carpet slippers, he went after him. He overtook him about half a mile along the Wyddiall Road. Mr Thorne was accompanying him at the time, and the defendant handed to the latter a pair of slippers (produced) . The witness asked him why he had taken them, but the defendant said ” You can’t say I stole them”. The defendant said that he was “in drink” when he took the slippers.
Eight previous convictions were proved, including one for larceny. The defendant was sentenced to 14 days’ hard labour.