3 January 1928: At the Portsmouth General Quarter Sessions before John Henry Harris, esquire, Recorder, holden at the Guildhall, Portsmouth. Councillor Frank J. Privett, J.P., Mayor, Fred G. Allen, esquire, Clerk of the Peace: E. Winter, governor, His Majesty’s Prison, Portsmouth. Prisoner: Claude Henry Smith. Committed from Portsmouth 20 December 1927. Offence – Between 11 and 20 December 1927, being entrusted by Euphemia Parvin with the sum of £150, fraudulently converted the said sum to his own use and benefit. 2nd Charge: On 23 July 1927, by Archibald Fidler, with £75. 3rd Charge: On 25 June 1927, by Frederick James Knapp, with £25. 4th Charge: On 7 November 1927, by false pretences obtain from Douglas Thomas Headley Dean, the sum of £2. 5th Charge: On 4 November 1927, by false pretences obtain from Lily Bezzina the sum of £2. 6th Charge: On 22 November 1927, by false pretences obtain from William Henry Waters the sum of £5. 7th Charge: On 31 May 1927, by false pretences obtain from Mary Doust the sum of £50, 8th Charge: On 8 November 1927, being the bailee of £5/11/0, the monies of Mary Doust, fraudulently converted the same to his own use and benefit. 9th Charge: Between 1 April and 4 July 1927, being entrusted by Arthur John Pepper with £25 fraudulently converted the same to his own use and benefit. Tried before The Recorder, 3 January 1928. Plea: Not Guilty. Order of the Court: Trial adjourned and transferred to next Winchester Assizes on application of prisoner.