Without a leg to stand on

Hertfordshire Mercury, 9th January 1916



A TAILOR’S MANY CONVICTIONS – Counsel’s Successful Appeal

William Ray (40) , a tailor , a man with an artificial leg , pleaded guilty to a charge of being found by night at St Albans, having in his possession certain implements of house-breaking on November 23rd .

Mr Tindal-Atkinson for the prosecution said that a Mr James and his mother lived in a house in Spencer Street, St Albans , and they kept a shop adjoining. Late in the evening of November 23rd , Mr James and his mother were going into the residential part of the house when they discovered the prisoner, and his replies were not satisfactory and he was taken into custody.

At the police station a flash lamp, a tin of treacle and other articles were found upon him.  Later it was discovered that the articles thrown over the fence by the prisoner were a jemmy, a priser and the blade of a table knife . There were a large number of previous convictions.

Detective -Sergeant Thorpe gave a lengthy record against the prisoner.

Mr M Garcia made an eloquent appeal on behalf of the prisoner, whom he pointed out was a good workman if he had a chance.

The Chairman said defendant would be sent to prison with hard labour for three months.

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