FREDERICK BARROW, ERNEST MCKENAN, HORACE BARROW, CECIL CARR, STANLEY ORRIS, FRANK KITE.
11th September 1906
Reference Numbert19060911-99
VerdictsGuilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty > pleaded guilty
SentencesMiscellaneous > sureties; Imprisonment; Imprisonment > other institution; Imprisonment

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BARROW, Frederick (16, porter), McKENAN, Ernest (16, van-guard), BARROW, Horace (14), CARR, Cecil (14), and ORRIS, Stanley (14) pleaded guilty , to breaking and entering the Catholic Apostolic Church, Gordon Square, and stealing therein £59, moneys of H. Strange Hume and others, the trustees, and feloniously receiving same. ORRIS, Stanley, and KITE, Frank pleaded guilty , to breaking and entering the counting-house of William Wall, and stealing therein a pair of boots, a spirit level, and other articles.

Mr. James Todd prosecuted.

ALFRED SCHOLES , Sergeant, D Division, said that these lads had all been to the came school. Frederick Barrow seemed to be the ringleader. Orris and McKenan were really brothers. The money taken at the church was mostly in notes. A number of these had been recovered, as prisoners had been unable to get them cashed; some had been destroyed by them. Stanley, Orris, and Horace Barrow were willing to go to sea. Kite's father was anxious that he might be sent to sea in order that he might be under some discipline. With regard to Frederick Barrow, there seemed little doubt that he had got hold of some such publication as "Dick Turpin."

Lieutenant BOSANQUET, secretary of the Marine Society, said the "Warspite" was for boys of good character only—in fact, they must be of blameless character. The Navy, of course, did not want boys who had got into trouble, but there were industrial training ships which would take boys who had committed minor offences, and reformatory ships for boys who had committed more serious offences. The London County Council had a school at Feltham which admitted boys under the Industrial schools Act and a ship on the Thames at Purfleet, afterwards getting them places in the merchant service. There was also the "Cornwall" at Purfleet, which was managed by a committee and received a Government grant. The "Chichester" and "Arethusa," like the "Warspite," only took good boys.

Ernest McKenan was bound over (with Mary Kelly, his guardian) to come up for judgment if called upon. Frederick Barrow, who is too old to be sent to a reformatory, was sentenced to two months' imprisonment. Horace Barrow, Cecil Carr, Stanley Orris, and Frank Kite to be sent to a certified reformatory school or ship for four years, and to be detained in prison pending reception by reformatory.

Mr. Todd asked as to the £32 16s. 4d., proceeds of the burglary which had been recovered. The Common Serjeant ordered that it be returned to the trustees.


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