The wrong trousers

Hertfordshire Mercury, 23rd November 1907

Transcript

George Carter, of Welwyn, was charged in custody on remand with stealing 30 shillings, a silver watch and chain, and some clothing, the property of Mrs Lumbers, a widow, of Woolmer Green.

The prosecutrix stated that the defendant had been lodging at her house with four children for five months. She went away to London for a day or two, and when she returned she missed these things and the defendant had gone away and left the four children at the house. The trousers produced belonged to her late husband, and she valued them at 2 shillings. Joseph Waller and Frederick Beechener said they saw the defendant wearing what looked like a silver chain.

P.S. Ebling said that when he took the defendant into custody he denied having stolen the things.  The defendant said the trousers were his own property, and he knew nothing about the watch and chain or the brooch.

The Chairman said he was going to give the defendant another chance, as they did not want to make a gaol bird of him. He had been in prison before, and he would be sentenced to seven days’ imprisonment, to take effect from the first hearing, so that as he had been locked up ten days he would now be discharged.

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