Before C.W.Gassen, Esq. (in the chair); Colonel C.R.Prideaux-Brune; and R Cunliffe, Esq.
Edward Gray, a labourer of no fixed abode, pleaded not guilty to a charge of stealing a pair of boots, of the value of £1.1s.6d, the property of Mr T. M. Coleman of Welwyn, on November 10th. Mr Wilfred Henry Shepherd, manager to Mr.Coleman, deposed to missing a pair of boots and a pair of leggings from outside the shop on the date named. He now identified the boots produced, by a private mark, as being Mr Coleman’s property.
P. S. Carter, of Potters Bar, stated that on Sunday morning, 11th inst, while on duty on the Great North Road he saw prisoner coming towards him from the direction of Hatfield. His pockets appeared bulky, so he stopped him, and asked what he had in them. Witness found the pair of boots on him, which he said he had bought from a Jew, who came round the Garden City but whom he did not know. Enquiries were instituted and prisoner was ultimately handed over to the police at Welwyn.
Prisoner, who said he gave 7s.6d. for the boots from a man he met on the road, was sentenced to a month’s hard labour.