Search

This week 60 years ago: Finsbury Park man boasts to court about his ‘long and distinguished criminal career’

PUBLISHED: 13:38 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:38 15 November 2017

Islington Gazette: November 15, 1957

Islington Gazette: November 15, 1957

Archant

A Finsbury Park man was hauled before the courts after telling the government on his National Insurance form: “I don’t need these cards – I haven’t worked for 14 months. I get my living by thieving.”

Henry Corke, of Durham Road, found himself in front of Highbury Corner magistrates for failing to pay National Insurance contributions.

Corke, who pleaded not guilty, said he had been a thief for 14 months after losing his job. “I have had a long and distinguished criminal career,” he boasted to the court.

H Thomas, counsel for the Ministry of National Insurance, told the court: “Thieving may be regarded by the person pursuing it as an occupation, but I can assure you that as regards National Insurance regulations, it is not.”

Frank Milton, the confused magistrate, asked Mr Corke: “This is really your defence – you say you get your living thieving?”

“Yes, sir,” Mr Corke replied.

He was given three months to pay a £2 fine.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Islington Gazette. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Islington Gazette