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Charge sheet

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William Towers’ charge sheet. TNA: PCOM 2/290 folio 205
William Towers’ charge sheet. TNA: PCOM 2/290 folio 205
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Name William Towers 4099
Aliases [empty]
Description when liberated:
Age on discharge 12
Height 4ft 5½
Hair Brown
Eyes Brown
Complexion Fresh
Where born Richmond
Married or Single Single
Trade or occupation None
Any other distinguishing mark None
Married or Single Single
Address at time of apprehension 9 Botroms Place, Near Richmond
Place and date of conviction Richmond 20 Dec 72
Offence for which convicted Simple Larceny [unclear word] stealing 2 live tame rabbits
If sentenced to police supervision, fact to be stated 1 Month Hard Labour
If liberated on Licence, date when sentence will expire Date to be liberated: 16 Jan 73
Intended residence after liberation 9 Botroms Place Near Richmond
*state whether such convictions were, or were not, proved at last trial by Jury PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS.* [empty]
Summary Convictions — Dates, nature of offences, and places where convicted. [empty]
Trials by Jury — Dates, nature of offences, and places where convicted. [empty]
Names of Police Officers , prison warders, or others who can identify and prove convictions: H Ward VW
Any other particulars as to antecedents, associates etc. [empty]

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