Two Youths Sent to Sessions

March 1966

South Yorkshire Times March 5, 1966

Two Youths Sent to Sessions

Note that the names have been Changed

Two 19-year-old youths, one from Conisbrough, the other from Denaby, who pleaded guilty to a “mournful list” of offences involving motor cars, were sent for sentence at the Quarter sessions by West Riding magistrates at Doncaster on Friday, with a recommendation for Borstal training.

A third youth from Conisbrough, was put on probation.

Told by one youth, John Lawrence Booth of 20, Cedar Grove, Conisbrough, that he didn’t really care what happened to him in life, the chairman of the bench, Mr C. P. Commented: “We found your replies depressing. If a chap of your age doesn’t mind what happens to you you’ve almost given up before you started”.


Booth, a moulder, and Arnold Smith, a hod carrier, of 23 Cliff view, Denaby, were sent to the session for sentence on charges of taking and driving away motor vehicles without the owner’s consent, driving with disqualified, using a motor vehicle without insurance, and stealing money, driving instruments and other articles valued at £7 16 3d. Facing similar charges, Brian Richard Gill, a grease roller, of 6 Cherry Grove, Conisbrough, was fined £2 and a charged with taking and driving a car without the owner’s consent, fined £5 and disqualified from driving for a year, using a motor car without insurance, and placed on probation for two years on the theft charge, with the condition that he did not associate with the other two.

Booth and Smith were also banned from driving for one year. Smith asked for 13 other cases to be taken into account, Booth for 10 others and Gill for one other.

The chairman told the accused, “This is a mournful list.”