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LEDBURY POLICE. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10th. Before Messrs Spencer H Bickham (is the I chair), H Bray, J Wilfred Hewitt, E H I Hopkins, and Dr M A Wood. APPLICATIONS. i Mr E W Palmer, New Inn Hotel, Ledbury, was granted an extension of one hour on March 19 on the occasion of the National Conservative League annual dinner. Mr H Hayes, of the Lansdowne, Worcester, was granted an occasional license from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. far Colwall races on March 23, and April 20. Mrs Hickman, of the Cliffe Arms, Mathon, was granted an extention of one hour on March 19 on the occasion of a smoking con- cert promoted by the West Worcestershire Conservative Association. AFFILIATION CASE. I Wm James Homes, farmer, of Gold Hill, Bosbury, was summoned by Nellie Jones, single woman, of Lower Suffield, Bosbury, to show oause, etc., in respect of an illegiti- mate child, a girl, born January 9, 1914. Mr E A Capel (Hereford) appeared for the complainant and Mr H W Orme (Messrs Russell and Co) was for the defence. Mr Capel outlined the case for the com- plainant, and said that she went into the service of defendant's mother, Mrs Homes, in 1907, where she remained for three years, and then left, aad returned in October, 1912, and remained until October, 1913. Defend- ant had many times endeavoured to have intercourse with complainant, bat she had always obviated it until one occasion when she was passing the laundry, which was detached from the house, when defendant pulled her into the laundry. After the child was born complainant wrote to defendant with rega-rd to the child, and in reply to that letter she received a letter from Messrs Russell and Co denying that defendant was responsible for the girls' trouble. Complainant was then sworn, and said that at the present time she was living with her parents at Lower Suffield. She was a domestic servant and when she was 14 years of age in 1907 she went iato service with Mrs Homes, defendant's mother, at Gold* Hill, aad remained there for three years. She then left and went to other employment, returning in October. 1912', and remained there until October, 1913. When she was at Gold Hill the second time defendant often chased her and when he caught her he tried to put her down, but she struggled free. He came into her bedroom twice, but she got away. On March 30, last year, the Sunday after Easter Sunday, she bad been to feed the poultry and as she returned she had to pass the laundry. As she was pass- ing the door of the laundry, defendant caught hold of her round the waist and dragged her into the laundry, overpowered her and committed an offence, and when she was able to escape she returned to the house. That was the only occasion defendant or any other man, had been intimate with her. On one occasion, in August, 1913, defendant chased her in the bouse, and she ran to the laundry, where the other servant, Gladys Summers, and a boy named Fred Hopcoutt saw them. Hopcoutt tried to get in the laundry, but Mr Homes put his knee against the door. Hop- couttsaid be would know who was in there, and turned the, key in the lock,, but Mr Homes swore at him and told him to unlock the door. The boy did so, and witness and Mr Homes came out, Gladys Summers and the boy Hopcoutt being at the door as they did so. By the Bench: She left Mrs Homes's employ on October 26, ltl3, the day she consulted a doctor, who told her of her condition. Mr Orme applied to the Bench to allow him to postpone the cross-examination of complainant until later. The reason was that he had some ratber painful details to bring out, and he did not wish it to be said that he had brought them out without cause. Mr Capel objected, and Mr Orme wrote his reasons on a piece of piper, which he handed to Mr Capel and the,, to the Bench, who said that Mr Orme must proceed. By Mr Orme: When she was at Gold Hill the first time defendant never molested her. When she went back to Gold Hill a second time defendant began to chase her, but took good care not to let anybody see him. Then he got bolder and the other servant saw him. Defendant came up to her bedroom on two occasions on Sunday evenings, and did so when the other servant was out. She was in her bedroom and defendant came to it, but she escaped from him, though he tried to stop her. There was no scuffle or noise. On March 30 when defendant got her in the laundry Mrs Homes was in the dining room. What took place was all against her will. Mr Orme Did you cry ? Witness: Oh, dear, no; what was the use of crying ? Mr Orme: Did you shout ? Witness: No, what was the good of shouting? there was no one about. In further cross-examination, witness said she did not complain to anybody about Mr Homes's conduct. She was confident there was a key to the lock in August, 1913. The key may have been lost afterwards. She had no suspicion that noything was the matter with her until October 25, 1913. She always found the late Mr Wm. Homes, defendant's father, to be a gentleman. Gladys Summers, a maid at present in the employ of defendant's mother, said she had been at Gold Hill nearly two years. She remembered on one occasion in October, 1913, complainant took defendant's lamp from the kitchen and ran up in the laundry with it, and Mr Homes went after her, and came back with the lamp. He was not in the laundry a minute. The lamp was lit ready for Mr Homes to go drench a cow. Com- plainant bad never said anything to her about defendant chasing her and interfering with her. In reply to Mr Hewitt, witness said the reason she told the Bench of the laundry incident was because three weeks last Sun- day Nellie Jones met her and asked if she remembered it. She said she did, and Miss Jones then said that was all they wanted— she had admitted it. Mr Capel then asked leave to cross- examine the witness, but failed to shake her evidence. Fred Hopcoutt, a youth in the employ of Mrs Homes, corroborated the evidence of the previous witness in almost identical language, which raised laughter in court, and brought the remark from Mr Orme that be did not see what there was to laugh at. Mr Orme then addressed the Bench for the defendant, and said that although there was no corroborative evidence, he would put defendant in the box to totally deny the illegation. Defendant then went in the box and gave evidence on oath. He denied in detail the illegations of the girl. Until January 27 of lii-4 year complainant made no allegation to 'i'm personally that he was the causa of the trouble. Cross-examined by Mr Capel: It was not at his wish that his dead father's came was brought into the matter. He had had no conversation with Gladys Summers or Fred Hopeottt on the question. He admitted be drove them to Ledbnry that morning. Re-examined by Mr Orme When he knew they had been sub-poenaed he told Mr Orme of it, and he warned him not to have any conversation with them whatever. The Bench, after a short retirement, dismissed the case on the ground of lack of corroborative evidence.

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