A wanderer

Hertfordshire Mercury, 16th January 1931

Transcript

William John Smallpiece, 18, nursery hand, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to wandering abroad without visible means of subsistence, at 10.30 p.m. on 6th January . After hearing evidence, the Bench asked Mr. H. J. Andrews, the Probation Officer, to talk to the prisoner, and the case was put back for some time.

At a later stage , Mr. Andrews said that he had interviewed the lad and the mother and father. The prisoner was dirty in his habits, and also disobedient and dishonest, but he had promised to reform . He ( Mr. Andrews) suggested that the case should be remanded for a fortnight, and during that time he would endeavour to find a vacancy in a probation home for the lad. The Chairman ( Major O. F. Christie ) said the Bench would agree to Mr. Andrews’ suggestion, and remanded the prisoner in custody to the next Court

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