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United Kingdom: The birching of adult men for robbery with violence

APPENDIX E

CRIMINAL REGISTERS, 1901: CHESTER ASSIZES

(Public Record Office, H.O. 140/206)



At the Castle of Chester before His Honour Sir Horatio Lloyd KT, Chairman, and other Justices of the Peace for the said Court

NAME:
ALFRED BLOOMFIELD

PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS:
12 calendar months' hard labour, Chester City Quarter Sessions, 23 October 1894, wounding, as Alfred Lilley, Knutsford Prison.
15 calendar months' hard labour and 20 strokes with cat, Chester Assizes, 16 June 1897, robbery with violence, as A. Bloomfield, Knutsford Prison.
18 calendar months' hard labour, Chester Assizes, 1 November 1898, unlawfully exposing his person and feloniously demanding money with intent to steal, as A. Bloomfield, Knutsford Prison.
Four times summary for exposing his person.

AGE: 48

TRADE: Labourer

DEGREE OF INSTRUCTION:
Imperfect

NAME AND ADDRESS OF COMMITTING MAGISTRATE:
T. Durkin Esq., Col. S. Stitt, Wirral

DATE OF WARRANT:
3 May 1901

WHEN RECEIVED INTO CUSTODY:
3 May 1901

PARTICULARS OFFENCE:
Unlawfully and wilfully exposing his person with intent to insult one Rachel Mary Hardwick, he having been a former time adjudged to be a rogue and a vagabond within the meaning of the Vagrancy Act at Lower Bebington on 21 March 1901.

WHEN TRIED:
1 July 1901

VERDICT: GUILTY

SENTENCE OF COURT:
1 year's imprisonment with hard labour, and an additional punishment by being whipped with a birch rod to the number of 20 strokes.



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