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A Convicts Effort to Redeem the Past. ■ I Oscar Leopold Otten stood in the dock at Bow. street, on Monday, charged with having failed to comply with the terms of his licence. He was liberated from prison on September 30th last on a ticket-of-leave, and it was his duty to report himself to the police every month. When he first reported himself he gave an address in Gower- place, but it was recently discovered that he did not sleep there. According to the terms of his licence any change of address should be at once notified. Mr Harry Wilson, who defended, said he had never heard of a harder case. The man had a wife and child, bad worked hard to redeem the past, and was living honestly and frugally with the object of becoming a good citizen. He was fortunate enough to obtain a situation as manager of a chemist's shop. His employer did not know that he was a ticket-of-leave man, and he was naturally anxious that the knowledge should be kept from him. Many of his customers were constables connected with Hunter-street Police Station, and he did not want them to know he was on licence. When he had to take rooms for himself and his wife in Hunter-street, so as to be able to dispense medicine at night, he kept on his room in Gower- place, and did not report the change because if he had done so he would have been compelled to report himself at Hunter-street Police Station instead of at Tottenham Court-road. Otten fainted in the dock when Mr Marsham discharged him. On Tuesday. Otten attended the court to complain of the action of the police. Mr Boutall, my late employer, informed my brother. in-law," he said, "that while I was in court Detective.Sergeant Peddar called upon him, told him of my conviction, and even counselled him to check my accounts. «• During the evening, and while I was ill in bed, Mr Boutall sent to tell me that I could not be permitted to resume my work at his establish- ments." In reply to the magistrate, Otten said "I have no doubt that, owing to the publicity given to the case, I should have been dismissed, but fortunately, I have had another post offered to me." What I object to is that a police officer should try to keep a man down when he is endeavouring to raise himself up and to redeem his past." Later in the day, Sergeant Peddar, in response to an order by the magistrate, appeared in court, and denied the charge, and Detective-Inspector Dew said Our men have strict injunctions not to take any steps, or speak any word, that would injure a convict who is trying to earn an honest livelihood." Otten's one conviction, to which he pleaded guilty at the time, was for forgery in connection with some bill transactions, and he was sent to penal servitude for three years. On Wednesday, at Bow-street, in the presence of Inspector Dew and Otten's brother-in-law- who had made the allegation—Mr Boutall said that neither Sergeant Peddar nor any one else had told him that Otten was a convict on licence. Otten was dismissed in consequence of a dispute with a customer. Mr Marsham then completely exonerated the officer.

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