Two months' hard labour - sole offender

Hertfordshire Mercury, 27th March 1931


John Scott ,a labourer, no fixed abode, was charged with stealing a pair of boots at Ware on March 18.

Bertram Wilbourne, employed by the Blue Boot Stores, High Street , Ware , said that on finding the boots missing , he went into Church Street and saw prisoner wearing the boots , which he identified as the pair taken from the shop . He valued them at 12s. 6d.

P.c. Trussell said that at 5.10 p.m. he saw prisoner standing against the fences outside St Mary’s School, changing his old boots for a new pair.

Prisoner said to him , ” I stole them because no one would give me a new pair.” Prisoner told the Bench that he was wearing a very bad pair of boots. He had been tramping the country looking for work .

Supt H. Wright read out a list of several convictions against prisoner, dating from 1921, for larceny, etc .

The convictions were admitted by prisoner, who was sentenced to two months’ hard labour .



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