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IYoung Lad's Temptation.


IYoung Lad's Temptation. I WISHED TO SEE HIS MOTHER. I ,V .L- .c._u k U- t. At the Police Court on Friday Horace Shel- don, a young lad of about 14 years of age, was charged with entering and breaking into Gwernyewm Farm, Llangennech, and stealing £4 10s. therefrom. P.S. Morgan deposed that about 8.30 p.m. on the previous evening he saw the defen- dant in Rhandir Terrace, Llangennech, when he gave him a letter from his employer, Thos Thomas, Gwernyewm Farm. While witness was perusing the letter the defendant said, "Some man has been stealing money from our house while the master and mistress were away." Witness enquired where he was working, and he replied that he was cutting ferns in the fields. He did not see anybody about, except two men passing Tyreglwys, but they did not enter the house. When Mrs. Thomas arrived home she called, him into the house, and they both searched it. While doing so, he (defendant) saw a man behind the door. Witness enquired how the man was dressed, and defendant replied that lie had black clothes on. When asked for a de- scription of the man, defendant said, "I only saw his legs. He. had black clothes on." Later, Mrs. Thomas said that he did not tell her that he had seen a man's legs behind the door, and the defendant rejoined, "I did not see one. I told an untruth." Witness exa- mined the premises, and found everything in order with the exception of the middle drawer in the front kitchen. He found the bolt out- wards, and the drawer when locked could be opened without the key by pressing it down- wards. In consequence of Mrs. Thomas' re- ma-rk that she had found the window open, witness examined it, and found there was a gap between the window-fastener, and it could be opened with a knife or a piece of wood easily. Mrs. Thomas told witness, in defendant's presence, that £ 4 10s in gold were missing. He asked the defendant if he knew anything about it, and he replied, I know nothing about it. I have not been near the house." About 8.30 on the following morning witness saw the defendant- and a John Rees, I, brother-in-la.w of the occupier of Gwernyewm Farm, in the farmyard. Witness told Rees II that he was going to Tyreglwys to make en- quiries, and would call on his way back. When he returned, about an hour later, Rees and the defendant came out of the kitchen to meet him. Rees said in the defendant's presence, "He has admitted everything to me. He went in through the window, and took the money from the drawer." Defendant then said, I will tell the truth. I went in through the window. I pushed the fastener back with a thin piece of stick. I opened the drawer with the same stick, and took the I money, all gold, from a little box, and left some money behind. I went out through the window afterwards, and I have placed the I money somewhere in the field where I was working." Subsequently, witness and John Rees, accompanied by the defendant, went in search of the money, and after searching for some time the defendant said he had given the money to John Jones, Tyreglwys, to keep for him. Witness took the defendant to Jones, who said that he and his brother were I talking to the defendant the previous day, but he did not give him any money to keep, whereupon the defendant said the money was in the field. After a further search the de- fendant said that he must have placed it in the rickvard. He could not exactly remem- her where he had put it. Witness had not vet recovered the money. In reply to the charge the defendant said, "I took the money, but I do not know where I put it. It is the first time for me to steal." On the way to the Police Station the defendant said, I am sorry that I have taken the money, because Mr. and Mrs. Thomas have been very kind to me. When they went away yesterday- something tempted me to take the money, be- cause I wanted to see my mother." Inspector Jones applied for a remand until Wednesday. Mr. Thomas Jones: What about bail for him ? Inspector Jones objected, in view of the fact that they had not recovered the money. P.S. Morgan said the defendant had been in the Industrial School. Swansea, for some time for mitching. but he told P.C. Hopkins that he was sent to Swansea School for steal- ing chocolate. The Clerk said it had been recommended by the High Court that they should grant bail. 0 Inspector Jones said they had been trying to have the defendant to tell them where the money was. In reply to Mr. Thomas Jones defendant said, The money is in the rickvard. I am telling you the truth." It was ultimately decided to allow the de- fendant out on bail in the sum of £ 20, or in two sureties of P,10 each. The case was resumed at the Juvenile Court on Wednesday, before Messrs. Dan Williams and John Clement. The Superintendent, of the Swansea Indus- trial School said the defendant was out on licence. P.S. Morgans's evidence was read over, and lie added that the money had not been re- covered. Margaretta Thomas, wife of Thos. Thomas, said the defendant had been employed on the farm since October 26th., and came there from the Industrial School. On the 2nd June wit- ness and her husband went away, and Ifcfore they left she went to the drawer, and left there P,4 10s. in gold, and fifteen shillings, in a wooden box. She then locked the. drawer, and put the key in a little jug on the dresser. When she left, about 2.30, the defendant was '?  l ie retuine(i working in one of the fields. She returned about 3.30, and found the drawer open, and the £ 4 10s. was missing. She subsequently called the defendant from the field, and re- quested him to close the bedroom window. On the way upstairs she mentioned to the de- fendant what had happened, and he said, "I did not know that there were any burglars here." The; defendant. than went into the bedroom, and said, "Oh! dear; there is a man behind the door." She sent him for assistance, and kept both doors under obser- vation. While he was away no one left the house. Mrs. Rees and her son returned with the defendant, and they made a search, but failed to find anyone. Sheldon had been pretty good since lie had been with her. Samuel Johnson Edwards, superintendent of Bonymaen Industrial Schools, said that the defendant left the School in October to go to the husband of the last witness. He would be sixteen years old in November next. Wit- ness did not think the defendant realised the seriousness of the offence owing to a defi- ciency in iiitclleet. Defendant pleaded guilty. The Bench adjourned the case until Friday I and warned the defendant to tell the police where lie had put the money, so that they could deal leniently with him.

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