Cowman sent to prison

Hertfordshire Mercury, 13th February 1931

Transcript

Edward George Sharp , 29 , a cowman , pleaded guilty to an offence against a girl aged 15 at Knebworth .

Walter Raeburn , on behalf of the prosecution, stated that the girl was a domestic servant at Knebworth , and on June 14 last she went to Knebworth Fair , where she met the prisoner , and arranged to meet him on the following day , Sunday .

They met and went to Rabley Heath , where the first offence took place . After that they met regularly until the end of September . After the matter got into the hands of the Police, the prisoner admitted this misconduct , but said the girl told him she was over 17 years old , when as a matter of fact , she was only 15 last March .

Supt Herbert said the prisoner had a good character for work , where he had been employed at Hitchin , Knebworth and Bayford .

His Lordship said he must enforce the law for the protection of young girls , and in spite of the prisoner’s good character , and the fact the girl appeared older than she was  , Sharp must go to prison for nine months .

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