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The Times, London, 1 June 1929, p.9
Armed Burglars at Bayswater.
Two Young Men Sentenced.
Sentence of 20 months' imprisonment with hard labour and 30 strokes with the birch was passed by the Recorder (Sir Ernest Wild, K.C.) at the Central Criminal Court on Thursday on JAMES LOCKHEAD, 19, porter, who pleaded "Guilty" to burglary in Queensborough-terrace, Bayswater, and to robbery while armed. The Recorder sentenced NORMAN WEEDON, 25, porter, who pleaded "Guilty" to the same charges, to 15 months' imprisonment in the second division.
Mr. FREDERICK LEVY, prosecuting, said the facts of the case
were more suggestive of an Edgar Wallace novel than a drama in
real life. Wearing masks and armed with revolvers, the prisoners
broke into a boarding house in Queensborough-terrace and bound
and gagged Mr. Vakharia, an Indian student. They tied Mr.
Vakharia to the bed and threatened to shoot him if he did not say
where he kept his money, and left him tied up to his bedstead.
The prisoners also broke into another boarding house in
Queensborough-terrace, where Miss Clara Goodman was in bed. In
order to get help Miss Goodman flung her hot-water bottle across
the room and shouted for help. She took some of her rings off and
hid them in the bed. One of the prisoners put his hand over her
face, nearly suffocating her. The prisoners also told her to put
her hands up. She was still wearing two rings, and these they
took. The prisoners before leaving apologized and returned Miss
Goodman the rings and other articles which she said were of
THE RECORDER, in passing sentence on the prisoners, said he hesitated to order the "cat" to a person under age. The gravest part of the case was the double attack the prisoners committed in the first place on the harmless little Indian student, and, in the second place, on a courageous English lady. He would order that a reward of £5 each should be paid to Mr. Vakharia and to Miss Goodman, whose description of the two men had assisted in securing their arrest.
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