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AUCKLAND, April 15. Masquerading as a returned and wounded soldier, and on that pretence soliciting alms, Thomas John Knudson, a Norwegian, was charged at the Police Court with having placed himself in a position to solicit alms in Victoria Street. Evidence for the prosecution showed that accused, who, judging by an empty sleeve, had only one arm, was noticed to solicit money and cigarettes from several passers-by. He used as a plea a statement that he had his arm shot off in France, was suffering from shell-shock, and had just returned from the front. His attitude, however, aroused the suspicions of the police, and he was subsequently arrested. It was then found that his "missing" arm was strapped down his side. Several previous convictions had been entered against him. The accused, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to three months' imprisonment.

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IMPOSTOR CONVICTED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9588, 16 April 1919

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IMPOSTOR CONVICTED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9588, 16 April 1919

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