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BOROUGH MAGISTRATES' COURT MONDAY, DECEMBER 28TH, 1863. Before the Mayor (J. Lewis, Esq.), and T. T, (IxriMth9 Esq. I STEALING A TIN CAN WORTH TWO-PENCE Charles Green was in custody charged with ste 1" small tin can used for the purpose of suspends „ toTh* tap of a spirit cask to catch the leakage. J. J?, ? of the Hat Inn, gave evidence as to missino- the C from his house on Sunday, the prisoner hnvh? bean drinking there on Saturday. Edward Davies, of w0 street, said the prisoner brought the can to his hn? saying he would call for it agam. Sentenced to seven days' imprisonment. AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. James Musgrove was summoned by his Ann Musgrove for an assault. Mr. Jones appeal for the complainant. The defendant has latdv he discharged from the County Court office in this to and previous to that he was in the Denbihshire poliOl force, from which service he was also discharged, The Mayor asked whether before the case was 0uon, j 1 into nothing could be done to settle it. <> Mr. Jones said he feared not. The case was one ola very aggravated character. The Mayor—I know nothing of it, only that the corn. plainant very improperly came to my house. I hsf, denounced that sort of thing from this bench before, and I shall always do so. It's a practice, I dare sav, thak has been indulged in before. Mr. Jones- -M-y instructions are of a very peremptory character. I am always happy to avail myself of any. thing that comes from your worship, but in the present instance the assault is of that serious nature that thert is nothing to be done but to allow the case to take its course. On Thursday last, the defendant struck his wifo with a poker and split her head op-n. Unfortunately they were married lately, about eighteen weeks ago, and I may say that the defendant has led the complainant such a life that it is quite unendurable. My instructions art to proceed against him for an assault with the intentioa to do grievous bodily harm, and also that he may hd pit under articles of the peace. The Complainant was then called. She said-I haft been married to the defendant eighteen weeks. I remember on Thursday night last (Christmas-eve) ht came into the house and threw himself upon the sofa. He said he was master there. I was so terrified that I went out. Mr. Griffith asked the witness to speak up; he could not hear her. Mr. Jones said he would repeat the answers. Defendant -(who appeared to have been imbihu? pretty freely)-Will your worships allow an int(?itreter P The Mayor—What do you want with an interpreter? The woman is talking English, Defendant-I should like to have an interpreter. The Mayor-You have been employed in the County Court, I believe. You must know, therefore, how to act in a court of justice. I beg then that you will allow the case to proceed without interruption. Defendant-I would suggest that all witnesses leave the room. The Mayor-You are too late. You should have done that before the case commenced. Complainant's examination continued-When I came back to the house the door was smashed up. He met me with a poker, and said, B-t your eyes, you have not got Joe Morris to (leal with now." He then struck me on the head, and I lost my sight and my senses. He struck me twice afterwards—once across the back. I was carried away, and afterwards taken to Dr. Davies. The Clerk (to the defendant)—Have you any question to ask ? Defendant (with great assurance)—I've a --reat many. I again make application that all witnesses should loave the room. The Mayor said again he was too late. Defendant (to the complainant)—Now I ask you wert we married on the 21st of August ? Complainant-Yes. Defendant-On the 1 st of December you left my bed. Complainant-I did not keep count. But I hay. left it. Defendant-Have you any objection to make to th. marriage ? The Mayor—We have nothing to do with that. Defendant, who had a great many papers in his lianig, stuck one of them in his mouth, and began to say some- thing to the bench. Mr. Griffith-Take that paper out of your mouth, and don't make a fool of yourself. Defendant (renewing the cross-examination of his wife)—As a wife have you supported me as you ought, and found me with those things that are necessary for a husband ? Complainant—I've kept you and your four children by the sweat of my brow. Defendant then asked a question about the asp ef a door which we did not understand. Mr. Griffith (to the complainant)—When he married you, did he take you to a house, or did you take him to a house ? Comp'a'nnnt—I 1 ook him 10 my house. I have kept him and his children. Defendant asked a great number of indecent questions, for which he was several times reproved by the bench. He then went on for some time as follows :— Defendant (referring to a number of foolscap sheets in his hand, done up in the style of a brief)—Did yon on the 9th. 10th, 11th, and 12th of this month support ID8 with victuals ? Complainant-There was always plenty in the hoosa for you to go to. Defendant then made some incoherent remarks about haing no meat for some time. The Mayor-If you do not go on I will adjourn tiia case Defendant—I think it will be very proper to do so. The Mayor—Do go on. Defendant (in a verv loud voice )-Do you remember me bringing a couple of fowls home ? The Mayor here reproved the defendant again, Ilul requested him to conduct himself properly. Defendant —Do you know what was done with the two fowls I brought ? Complainant—They were divided amongst the family. Defendant—What did you tell me when I gave them to you ? Complainant—I told you to take them home, I could do nothing with them. Defendant—Did you not tell me to take them to heU, and to go along with them myself ? Complainant-No, I did not. Defendant—What part of the fowl did I get ? Complainant—You got a leg, and they were divided amongst eleven of us. Defendant—What part of the leg had I? The Mayor—I cannot allow the case to proceed i* this way. Those are ridiculous questions. What doel it matter to the justices or the public what part of th. fowl yen had. I would just remind you that we hafl the power to commit you for contempt of court. Defendant-I know you have. The Mayor-Then conduct yourself properly. Defendant—Did you sive me any part of that fowl. Complainant—You had the leg. And you had some white bread sauce. And you had some pork. And 1°. had your tea that day. Defendant-Harl we any unpleasantness that day ? Complainant-Not that I remember. Defendant—Did you not get the tongs to me? Complainant-I <rot the tongs in self-defence, wbm you held the poker over me. Defendant—Where did those fowls come from ? The Mayor—What does it signify where theyelJDl from. Don't answer such a question. It's rubbish. Defendant—She says I did nothing to support her. The Mayor-She says it in answer to a taunt of yours. Defendant—Had you a dinner on the 2nd of ibil month ? Complainanat—Yes. Mr Jones—Don't answer such questions. Defendant—Mr Jones I was connected with coartt of law before you were. You have no business to in- terfere. The Mayor—Mr Jones is quite right. Defendant—As the proprietor of that house, I con- sider I had a right to my dinner. The Mayor—Very well. She savs you had a dinner. Defendant—I shall have to call Mr Bradshaw on that point (laughter.) Defendant—Do you know a man, named Robert Evans ? Complainant—Yes, I do. Defenditnt--Do you know ho was discharged from Ift Edgworth's office for improper intimacy with you? .Complainant-No, I do not. Defendant-Did you know he was discharged ? Complainant—No, I do not. Defendant-Do you know a man named Gregory, a man named Tomlinson ? Complainant—I do not.