WILLIAM THOMAS.
13th September 1904
Reference Numbert19040913-673
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty
SentencesImprisonment > penal servitude

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673. WILLIAM THOMAS (65) PLEADED GUILTY to stealing three Kings. the property of Nellie O'Neill; also to stealing a ring, the property of Violet Turner; also to stealing a ring, the property of Beulah Turner; also to having been entrusted by Nellie O'Neill with two gold rings and a coin, did fraudulently convert the same to his own use and benefit; also to having been entrusted with rings by Violet and Beulah Turner did convert the same to his own use and benefit; also to attempting to steal a ring, the property of Emily Forwerk; also to unlawfully and fraudulently obtaining rings from Nellie O'Neill, Evelyn Miriam Edwards, Violet Turner, and Beulah Turner by false pretences, with intent to defraud, having been convicted of felony at this Court on May 7th, 1877, in the name of John Smith. Mr. Charles Mathews, for the prosecution, stated that Adolph Beck (see page 764) had received the King's Pardon in regard to his two conviction which took place on March 5th, 1896, and June 27th, 1904; that three of (he witnesses who had identified Mr. Beck as the man who had victimised them had since avowed that they were mistaken in their identification: that Mr. Beck, although he had been forced to admit that he teas convicted in 1896, had a ways denied that the conviction was a righ: me, and that the prosecution believed that that conviction was a wrong one, as the one in 1904 was proved to be. Mr. Justice Phillimore sentenced the prisoner to five years penal servitude.


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