Theft of vegetables

Hertfordshire Mercury, 9th January 1915


George Wright, of Hertford Heath, pleaded guilty to stealing a quantity of growing brussels sprouts from a field on Foxholes Farm on December 20.  Mr Couch, the owner, valued them at 1 shilling.  In answer to the Bench he said that defendant had previously worked for him, and he always found him straightforward.  P.C. Wright said that 20 other stalks of Brussels Sprouts had been taken out of the field and they were all cut in the same way close to the ground.  Defendant was a single man, who worked sometimes, and was kept by his mother.  When witness took the greens from him he said that a man had asked him to get him some, and he thought he would try and do so.  Defendant had no occasion to steal, because he had three allotments of his own on which there were plenty of Brussels Sprouts and cauliflower.  Defendant had nothing to say except that he did not know why he took them, as he had never done such a thing before.  He was fined 5 shillings and 11s. 6d. costs, which he paid.

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