Tuesday.—Before Major W. V. Greetham and H. G. Matthews, Esq.


A BOY’S THEFT OF A WATCH.—George Alfred Hughes, alias Cuthbert, 13, was charged on remand with stealing an aluminium gold watch, value 5s., the property of Arthur Knifton, on the 7th inst. There was also a second charge of stealing a pair of white stockings and other articles, value 10s., the property of James W. Tuck. It was stated that Arthur Knifton, 38, Abingdon-road, Southsea, went out for a row with prisoner on the day in question, and on his pulling out his watch to look at the time, prisoner asked to have a look at it, and afterwards got ashore and ran off with it. Knifton’s brother gave chase, but could not catch him. Prisoner afterwards sold the watch for 1s. 9d. to Mr. John Richard Eccles, jeweller, of Kingston-road. The boy stated that it was his grandfather’s watch, and gave the name of Grant. When arrested by P.C. Matthews at the music-hall in Lake-road, Landport, prisoner denied the charge.—Prisoner was sentenced to receive 12 strokes to the birch. The further charge against him was not proceeded with.

Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle, England
22 October 1892