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i BRUTAL OUTBACK ON A WOMAN NEAE MALTON The Malton bench were engaged for nearly six hours, on Tuesday, investigating a serious charge ol srimmal assault, accompanied by brutal violence, preferred by a married woman named Sarali Harper, wife of Charles Harper, labourer, ol Ryton, Malton, against a young man named Wm. Fox, labourer, of Old Malton. Mr. Crowther, lolicitor, of Scarboro', appeared for the prose- cution, and Mr. R. H. Bartliff, of Malton, for the prisoner. Mrs. Harper, a young and deli- cate-looking woman, evidently still suffering from the violence to which she had been subjected, stated that about five o'clock on the evening of Wednes- day week she left Old Malton for Ryton-about two miles 0ff having with her about If stones of groceries, &o., and when near Ryton Bridge the prisoner passed her, spoke, then struck her in the breast, knocked her down, and tried to assault her criminally. She struggled and got away from him, and ran off screaming, but being exhausted, the fell, and the fellow then caught her, and, tleapite her sereams and struggles, committed the offence with which he was charged. He struck her afterwards, dragged her up the hill by the hair of the head, and threatened to cut her throat, but fortunately at the time a woman and a boy came up and rescued her. Fox was re- cognised by these parties, and information was given to the police. The complainant was sup- ported by several witnesses. The cross-exami- uation by, and contention of, Mr. Bartliff were to jhow that the poor woman was a consenting party to what had transpired. The bench committed the prisoner to take his trial at the next York .Assizes..

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