Theft by a Cripple. PROSECUTION ASKS FOR LENIENCY. A young man named John Allen, an ex-jockey and a cripple, was charged before Mr. E. P. Dowley, R.M., in the Kalgoorlie Police Court on Monday morning, with having on July 17, at Perth, broken and entered the premises of Peter Lund, and stolen two rugs and two shirts valued at about £2. Detective-Sergeant Kavanagh asked leave to withdraw the charge of break- ing and entering, and to substitute one of stealing. He understood that the accused would then plead guilty and elect to be dealt with summarily. The R.M. granted the application, and the accused pleaded guilty. Detective-Sergeant Kavanagh said that on July 17 the accused was charg- ed in the Perth Police Court with be- ing a rogue and vagabond and found guilty. The bench cautioned him, and told him to leave the place. On the 9th inst. he called at the Kal-
goorlie detective office, and told him (the sergeant) how he had been dealt with. He further said that he had had no means with which to get away, but knew of a stable where he could get some rugs to take with him. The stable was where Lund's room was lo- cated. He broke in there, and, secur- ing the material, "jumped" the train for Kalgoorlie to get employment. When he reached here, however, he was afraid to look around for work, thinking that the police would be watching for him. Consequently he thought the best thing to do was to go and adimt his guilt to the police. He would draw the bench's attention to the fact that the accused was a cripple, and it appeared that he had great difficulty in getting employ- ment. He would undertake, if his Worship would deal leniently with Allen, to try to find him employment, and thus give him a start. The R.M.: Is there any previous conviction against the accused ? Detective-Sergeant Kavanagh: Yes; he was found guilty on January 24, 1905, of stealing as a servant, and bound over in the sum of £10 to be of good behavior for six months. The R.M. said he was very glad to be able to fall in with the suggestion of the prosecution. It was well for the accused that Detective-Sergeant Kavanagh had spoken for him, and said he was a cripple; otherwise he would not have known it. If the other charge had not been withdrawn Allen probably would have been sen- tenced to a tong term by a judge. He recognised, at the same time, that it was hard for the accused to get an honest living, and would only sen- tence him to two weeks' imprison- ment, with hard labor. Detective-Sergeant Kavanagh: I thank your Worship.