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Attack (In",A Rurse. TEN MONTHS FOl- COSHESTON LABOURER. At the Pembrokeshire Assizes on Wednesday before Mr Justice Kowlatt, Albert Footner, labourer, pleaded not guilty to a charge of having at Pembroke Dock on November 22nd, 1913, unlawfully assaulted Mary Elizabeth Harm an, a nurse, with intent. He was also charged with indecent assault. Mr Marlay Samson prosecuted, and Mr Longman defended. Mr Samson said the accused lived at Cosheston, near Pembroke, raid prosecutrix, who was the district nurse, had liwd there for 2] years. Nurse Hayman, "ho was a married womaii, left her house about 0.40 on the evening in question and was going to Pembroke Dock to a picture show. When approaching Snowdrop Valley a man passed her coming from Pembroke Dock, and shortly after- wards he turned round and followed and overtook her. lie caught hold of her, pushed her against the right side cf the hedge, and attempted to assault her. In her struggle she scratched the accused's face. A cyclist came along and the defendant became alarmed and jumped over a gate into the field. The cyclist, Frederick Hughes, hearing a woman's cries, went to her assistance, and they afterwards went together to Pembroke Dock and gave information to the police. Mrs Hayman, in the box, said the defendant had a peculiarity in his voice, which she was able to recognise. Supt. Thomas, Pembroke Dock, said he saw the Nurse at the Police Station, when she seemed very distressed and very much upset. Prisoner, on oath, said he was in the Royal Sussex Regiment for nineteen years and left with a good character. He hrcl never been charged with an offence of this kind before. It would take him an hour to walk from his house at Ccsheston to Pembroke Dock. He left Cosheston between 6.30 and 6..f.) on the evening in question and walked straight into Pembroke Dock to do a bit of shopping He passed some cyclists and motorists and a few Toupies on foot. It was. a dark night, but he could see pretty well in front of him. He did not meet Nurse Dayman at all that evening. He got to Pembroke Dock about 8.20. He had gone off the main road, but he afta wards got on again, but did not see the nurse at any time. All the people he met were on bicycles with the exception of the couples. Cross-examined lie took a roundabout route just to pass away the time. lie arrived home just after 9 30 p m. There was no fresh red mud on his boots that night. The scratch on his face was caused by shavicg that morning. The jury retired, and after a brief deliberation found prisoner guilty of indecent assault only. His Lordship, addressing prisoner, said he had been found guilty of a monstrous outrage on a respectable modest, woman going along a main thoroughfare in the eiirly evcilitil, in the neighbour- hood of a big town. Had he been found guilty of the more serious charge he would have had a long term of servitude, but under the circumstances the sentence would be ten months' imprisonment.

MILFORD HAVEN SESSIONS.

: MILFORD COUNCIL. ! I

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