Young pear of criminals - petty sessions

Hertfordshire Mercury, 15th September 1906


Elsie and Elizabeth Monk, daughters of Henry Monk, of Cherry Tree Yard, aged 9 and 11 respectively, were charged with stealing pears valued one shilling, the property of Mr J.W. Duvall, on August 29th.

The charge against the younger child was withdrawn, the witness in the case stating she was not the child whom he had caught and gave the name of Elizabeth Monk.  Frederick Wm. Collins, gardener to Mr Duvall, of the Grange, Ware, stated that on the evening in question he caught two little girls stealing pears. He told them he would summon them, and they cried and gave up the pears.

The girl Elsie Monk was one, and the other girl gave the name of Elizabeth Monk. The case was adjourned for a fortnight, the father of the defendant Elsie being bound over to appear and produce her.

Supt Duke said that in the meantime he would endeavour to find out who the other girl was.

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