8th December 1908
Reference Numbert19081208-28
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour; Miscellaneous

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STAUB, Arthur (28, waiter) ; stealing one overcoat and other articles, the goods of Luigi Cerala, procuring Lea Godin to become a common prostitute.

Mr. Travers Humphreys and Mr. Huntly Jenkins prosecuted; Mr. W.B. Campbell defended.

Only the charge of procuring was proceeded with.

Prisoner was employed as a waiter at the Dieppe Restaurant in October last. Godin, who is French and speaks no English, was, till September, living at Calais with her parents, and on the 10th of that month came to England under contract to remain for a year in domestic service with a lady who keeps a boarding-house at Richmond. Finding the work too hard Godin left her situation on October 12 and took lodgings at 27, Old Compton Street, Soho, W., with

the intention of finding employment as a laundress, a kind of work in which she had been engaged in France. The Cafe de Dieppe being just opposite her lodgings, she went there once or twice for meals and made the acquaintance of prisoner, whom she asked to find a more suitable apartment for her. He did so and went to live with her and shortly afterwards gave up his situation and turned her on the streets.

Evidence was given for the defence with a view to showing that at the time Godin made prisoner's acquaintance she was already engaged in prostitution. Prisoner, arrested on the charge of stealing Cerala's overcoat, was found in the girl's company, and, as the result of inquiries made by the police, the charge of procuring was preferred.

Mr. Campbell submitted that there was no evidence of procuring to be left to the Jury. The Act of Parliament required corroboration, and there was no corroboration that prisoner was the person who first procured her to become a common prostitute, whilst there was abundant evidence that before she made prisoner's acquaintance she was engaged in pursuing her trade.

The Common Serjeant held that there was sufficient evidence that prisoner did procure the girl.

Verdict, Guilty.

Detective-sergeant PROTHERO stated that prisoner is a Swiss subject and a capable man as a waiter. He has been employed at several large hotels and restaurants, but left most of his employments under suspicion of dishonesty. Blankets were found at prisoner's lodging marked "Imperial Hotel, Hythe," and as the result of communicating with the Hythe police prisoner was identified as having been employed at the hotel, but the proprietors did not wish to proceed against him for larceny. Prisoner was also employed as a waiter at a club in Fleet Street, from which sticks and umbrellas were missed. Suspicion strongly attached to prisoner and he left for that reason.

Sentence, Six months' hard labour.

The Common Serjeant, having ascertained that prisoner is an unmarried man and has no legitimate ties in this country, recommended him for expulsion under the Aliens Act.

Mr. Campbell said he had been instructed by the solicitor of a benevolent society in London called the Swiss Society to ask his Lordship to order, if possible, or to at least suggest, that various papers of prisoner's having reference to his military services in his own country, now in the hands of Cerala, should be handed over to the Swiss Society.

The Common Serjeant said he could make no such order.

Detective-sergeant PROTHERO said he had made the request to Cerala, who informed him that he had no such papers.


(Thursday, December 10.)

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