19th August 1850
Reference Numbert18500819-1441
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceMiscellaneous > sureties

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1441. GEORGE FREDERICK MASTERMAN was indicted for feloniously attempting to murder William Finer.

MESSRS. BALLANTINE and COCKLE conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM FINER . On Sunday, 7th July, I was sitting with my wife and a little girl, in the parlour—I sent up to the prisoner to tell him tea was ready—he did not come—I sent again, saying if he did not come I would order the things to be cleared away—he came and asked me how I dared to send such a message—I said I dared do anything in my own house—he called me a liar and blackguard, and threw me on my back—when I got up, I thought he was dead, and sent for a pail of water—he jumped up and said he had been in communication with his brother, about a criminal prosecution against me which would transport me—he knocked me on the bed, took me by my handkerchief, twisted it, and very nearly strangled me.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Had you any notion of his intending much more violence to you? A. No.

GUILTY of an Assault.— To find sureties to appear and receive judgment when called upon.

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