At Hertfordshire Winter Assizes George Steers (37), dealer, pleaded not guilty to stealing a sheet of galvanized iron, the property of Alfred Hawkins, at Markyate, on January 27.
Evidence was given showing that the stolen property was found in the prisoner’s possession. He asserted that he bought it from another man, who, however, came forward and swore that he never sold it to the prisoner. The jury found him guilty.
Supt. Hassell said he could not say much in the prisoner’s favour. He was a poacher at night, and did not work in the day-time.
His Lordship said the prisoner had been in gaol a good deal during the past dozen years. He had a month in 1903, six months in 1904, nine months in 1906, 12 months in 1908, 12 months in 1911, and 18 months in 1912, all for stealing. He did not want to pass a heavy sentence, but he warned the prisoner that if he came up again he would probably be sent to penal servitude. On this occasion he would be sentenced to three months’ hard labour.
The prisoner said ‘Thank you, sir’.