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M --_._---_"--_..-.__--A MIDNIGHT…


M A MIDNIGHT VISITOR. ) John Welsh, who had the appearance of a labourer, r was charged at the Wandsworth Police-court, on Tues- day, with having committed two offences. I John Whitburn, a wheelwright, living in Clifton-street, Clapliam, stated that, shortly after twelve o'clock in the I night, while he was in bed asleep, he was awoke by his wife, who heard a noise. He got out of bed, and on looking through the window he saw the prisoner trying to burst the door open. Before witness could open the door the prisoner had opened the window, and was in upon the bed. He caught hold of the prisoner's leg before he got into the room, but he said he would go in, and in he did go (laughter). The room was on the ground floor. He spoke to the prisoner through the window, and asked him what he wanted, but he did not make any answer. Witness called a constable, who came and took the prisoner into custody. He remained in the room until witness returned with the constable. The prisoner was not sober. He stated that he had been there before, and that he knew witness's wife. He (witness) had been married 14 years, but neither he nor his wife knew the prisoner. During the time witness was away for a constable the prisoner had an opportunity of leaving the room if he had liked. The prisoner now said he was very drunk, and thought he was at his own lodging. Police-constable Reasey said that he was called to the house, when he saw the prosecutor and his wife in the yard dressed only in their night clothes. He looked through the window, and saw the prisoner sitting down. He went into the room, and asked him what business he had there. He replied that he came to sleep. He refllsed to leave the room, and had to be removed by force. Police-constable May said he assisted in taking the prisoner into custody. He threw himself on his back, and kicked witness on the side, knocking the breath out I of his body, and he fell. While in the dock at the station the prisoner struck witness in the face. The pri- soner had been convicted several times for assaults, and he had recently been liberated from prison, where he was committed for two months for an assault on the police. The prisoner said the police knew that there was not a more quiet man than he was when sober. He was I very sorry for what had happened. The father of the prisoner was called, and gave his son a good character. He said the prisoner had sup- ported him for several years. I Mr. Ingham told the prisoner that if it had not been for the good character which his father had given him he should have sent him for trial, for this kind of unpro- voked assault was very serious. He would, however, give him one more chance. He committed him to pri- son for two months with hard labour.



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