Theft at Ware - a vested interest - petty sessions

Hertfordshire Mercury, 28th April 1906


Henry Winter, of Musley, Ware, was charged with stealing a coat and vest, valued at 12s.6d on April 18th.  James Walker, assistant in the employ of Mr Charles Forbes, draper, High Street, Ware, stated that, on April 18th, he missed the jacket and vest produced, which had been hanging on a peg outside Mr Forbes’ shop. From information received he saw the defendant and found he had got possession of the coat and vest. That was at 4.30 p.m. When he asked the defendant why he had taken it he said he was sorry for what he had done. When he got back to the shop with the defendant the police were on the spot.

Mr Forbes asked him to state that he wished the defendant to be dealt with leniently. The defendant, having pleaded guilty to the charge, stated that he and his father had been out of work and had not had much food lately, consequently when he met a friend who gave him some beer on the day in question it took hold of him and caused him to do this. Supt Duke said defendant was a very respectable man, and the Bench bound him over under the First Offender’s Act.

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