“Arsonist Is Jailed,” Toronto Star. April 29, 1941. Page 34. ---- ‘A’ Police Court at the City Hall, Magistrate Forsyth For unlawfully wearing the uniform of the R.C.A.F. Walter Taylor, after spending six days in jail, appeared for sentence and was fined $25 or 10 days. ‘Understand you are getting off lightly. It won’t be so easy the next time,’ said Magistrate Forsyth.
Taylor purchased the uniform and wore it in the city different times, a police officer told the court.
‘He tried to get in the air force,’ asserted G. Beaudoin, defence counsel.
Two months was the sentence given Wong Sing, who pleaded guilty of obtaining fruit from a local dealer, to the value of $225, by fraud.
An official of the firm stated Sing, a fruit merchant, purchased the goods and ave a worthless cheque.
‘I gave the money to my bookkeeper. He left the city,’ declared accused.
Facing a charge of robbery with violence, Andrew Watt was remanded to May 7. ‘Bail will be discussed later,’ said Crown Attorney Borins.
Postman Gets Reformatory ‘You are fortunate you do not stand convicted of theft of mail, which carries a minimum term of three years,’ Magistrate Forsyth old Clifford Austin, a postman. He pleaded guilty of delaying delivery of mail.
‘This is still a serious offence. Mail is regarded as secret and must not be tampered with,’ added his worship, imposing two years less a day in the reformatory.
‘He is a first offender and was never in trouble before. He is married, with two small children, and his job is done,’ said Frank Callaghan, defence counsel.
‘I am taking that into consideration,’ replies his worship.
STOLE TOOLS, JAILED ---- ‘B’ Police Court at the City Hall, Magistrate Gullen. ‘I am just back from overseas and am a skilled mechanic capable of earning $45 a week. If I am sent down my wife and four children will be destitute.’ So said George W. Greer, appearing for sentence today on a charge of theft of unfinished tools. ‘I had been drinking and the tools were of no use to me,’
‘You should have thought of that before,’ said Magistrate Gullen. ‘Two months.’
Appearing for sentence for breaking into a Symington Ave. factory, Phillip Ross drew nine months and his younger brother, Robert S. Ross, six months.
Walter Osmerchuck, a first offender, was given suspended sentence and probation for six months when he appeared for sentence for theft of a windbreaker from a store.
MOTORIST FINED $40 --- ‘D’ Police Court at the City Hall, Magistrate Browne. ‘I had too much to drink and I shouldn’t be driving,’ Rocco Pasquale told P.C. Park after he as stopped for driving erratically on Elizabeth St., the officer testified. Pasquale pleaded guilty of careless driving and failing to produce his driver’s permit.
The officer stated accused had been drinking and was in no condition to drive. He had been followed by the police car. He was fined $30 or 30 days on the careless driving count and an additional $10 or 10 days on the other charge.
David Jones was fined $25 and costs or 30 when he pleaded guilty of careless driving on Eastern Ave.
Mrs. Sarah Chapley was fined $50 and costs or 30 days for permitting drunkenness in her house on Euclid Ave.
Constables Harris and Kelso, who visited the house about 3 a.m. April 20, stated they found a man and a woman drunk. They seized 35 pints of ale, 39 empties, and a part bottle of whiskey. The magistrate ordered the liquor confiscated and the house declared a public place.
Motorist Is Jailed Thirty days in jail for failing to leave his name and address at the scene of an accident $25 or 30 days for failing to report an accident and his driving permit cancelled for one year were the penalties given Joseph W. Barnhardt. He pleaded guilty.
Magistrate Browne commended citizens who helped apprehend accused by obtaining the license number. ‘We do not pay enough attention to the good work done by citizens in these case,’ he stated.
Benjamin Zerner testified he was on Sherbourne St. when he saw a boy appear from under the wheels of a northbound car. ‘I did not see the accident,’ he stated. ‘I helped carry the boy into the house and then accused came in. I didn’t see him leave but I told Harold Sheen to take the number of his car.’
Norris Arms said he picked up the boy, David Sheen, four, and carried him into his home. ‘Accused followed me in and asked if the youngster was badly hurt,’ he stated. ‘Then he left without leaving his name and address.’
Det.-Sergt. Joseph Ewing said the car was located some hours later on a west-end parking lot. ‘The car was registered in Shannonville and we obtained the owner’’s name from that place,’ he said. ‘Accused’s mother told me he had told her he was going to move the car down the street. He got in and kept on going.’
Accused came back to the scene later that evening and was arrested there by Det.-Sergt. Ewing. ‘He told me he had become worried and that the child had run out from behind a parked car,’ he said. ‘He said he lost his nerve while moving the car, and had kept on going.’
‘Have you anything to say?’ asked Mr. Browne. ‘It’s not much use now,’ replied accused.
‘The only reason you went back was that you knew the police were looking for you,’ Mr. Browne declared as he passed sentence. ‘While it is true stopped, the fact remains you did not render any assistance to the inured child and you didn’t give your name and address as required by law. You simply sneaked away and, had it not been for the clever boy who took your number, you might never have been caught.’
ARSONIST IS JAILED ---- County Police Court, Adelaide St. Magistrate Keith. ‘Such a person cannot be left at large,’ declared Magistrate Keith passing sentence on George Engwell, 25. He had previously pleaded guilty to four charges of arson in Etobicoke township.
Engwell was sentenced to two years less one day definite, and an indeterminate period not to exceed two years less one day on each charge, to run concurrently.
George T. Walsh, defence counsel, said Engwell was mentally deficient and needed medical treatment. He asked for leniency, as his client was not responsible for his actions.
Pleading guilty of registering bets, Reginald Walden was fined $50 and costs or 30 days.
A charge of careless driving against Archie MacDonald was dismissed. Magistrate Keith ruled the evidence was contradictory. The charge arose from a collision near Scarboro post-office April 2.