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-—— f. Branding a Wife at Card iff. 6 c TERRIBLE ASSAULT WITH A RED-HOT POKER. At the police-court, to-day, before Alderman Cory and Dr Paine, Evan Thomas, a rigger at the docks (54), was charged with assaulting his wif< on the 23rd ult. Mr H. Morgan Rees for the defendant. Complainant, who bad her face bandaged, said that on the evening of the 23rd ult. she was sitting at home, dant came in the worse for e • a,nd was red-hot. He time a poker was in the fire, j „„ „ j fir*. and as he had pre- drew the poker from the n y viously threatened f applied the red-hot P»J of the to her face and she laid hold of the other end to wrest it from him- A severe struggle ensued, but he was the stronger of the two, and he succeeded in applying the red-hot part of the poker to her face, drew it down from behind her ear, and burnt her face and neck very severely. She had been married to the defendant over 30 years, and had ten children by him.—The de- fence was that the complainant seized hold of the poker to stick the defendant. He siezed hold of the poker to take it from her. In the struggle rihe was burnt, and defendant was also burnt on the hand.-Defendant was said to have borne a good character: and the bench, under the circum- stances, only sent him to prison for one month with hard labour. —» J

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