1st February 1864
Reference Numbert18640201-261
VerdictGuilty > unknown

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261. BRIAN DUNN (41) , Feloniously cutting and wounding Jeremiah Myers, with intent to do him some grievous bodily harm.

MR. DALEY conducted the Prosecution.

JEREMIAH MYERS . I live at Union-place, Limehouse—on 26th December the prisoner and four more, came into my place, and wanted to send out for some beer; I objected, and so did my wife—I afterwards went out for some beer, in order to get them to go quietly out of my place, and before much of it was drunk, the prisoner said that me and my brother could be bought for a shilling—after repeating that several times, he tried to throw me into into the fire, but found he could not, and my friends shoved him out into street—he challenged me to fight, but I was not let out—he then went away—I called at his place two nights afterwards, Monday the 28th, between 8 and 9 o'clock, but he was denied, and I went away—I had not gone very far when I heard a step, turned round, and saw the prisoner, who struck me on the eye with a piece of iron, which knocked me to the ground insensible—I knew nothing more till I found myself at home in bed next morning.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. You went to his house? A. Yes, to see what he wanted to kill me for—I had a friend with me, Thomas Ward, who is here—I had called on my brother, but he was not with me—I thought I might find the prisoner sober when I went to his house, but he has the character of carrying bricks and stones in his pocket—I did not go there to get him out to fight with me—I only went there once that day—the friend who went with me did not go to his house on the Monday, and ask him to come out and fight with me, nor did I send anybody to ask him to fight with me—I hear that some man challenged him to fight me, but I cannot swear it—I never had any angry words with the prisoner.

MR. DALEY. Q. Have you known him fifteen years? A. Yes, and never quarrelled with him before—he asked me to do him a favour about six months ago, and I refused; that is the only quarrel he can have against me.

JURY. Q. Had you had any words with him before the blows were struck? A. No.

THOMAS WARD . I am a hammerman, and live at Union-place, West India-road—on 28th December I saw Myers go to Dunn's house, and turn back—Dunn then came out at his own back way into the street—he followed Myers, went behind him in the middle of the road, and struck him with a fire-brick; he threw the brick when he was between three or four yards from Myers—it struck him, and knocked him down stunned—I saw him picked up; he was altogether helpless, and had to be carried away—Dunn did not speak before the blow—this took place about six yards from Dunn's house—Dunn immediately turned back to his own house—I am sure it was Dunn; I knew him—it was a whole brick.

Cross-examined. Q. Did you go with Myers to Dunn to see him? A. I went, but I stopped within four yards of the door—we started from Myer's house, which may be a mile from Dunn's—nobody else was with us—I had not been with Myers to Dunn's house before that, nor do I know that anybody had—when we left Myer's brother's house he said to me, "I will go and see Dunn," and asked me to go with him—he did not say why—I knew that there had been a disturbance, but I did not see it.

BRIDGET MYERS . I am the prosecutor's wife—on 26th December the prisoner came with four others—one of them put out some money, and wanted a gallon of beer to come in—I objected to that, but told my husband to send out for a drop of beer to get shut of them, and he sent out for half a gallon—I did not want them there, as I had a friend at my house—after

that the prisoner said that both my husband and his brother could be bought for a shilling, or a pot of beer; my husband asked him what he meant by that, and he stood up, and caught hold of my husband—I said to the friends, "Separate them;"but the prisoner held him close, and ground his teeth—Dunn was then put out—on the 28th my husband was brought home injured, and I sent for a doctor.

Cross-examined. Q: Was the prisoner injured? A. I know nothing of it, but I saw him show his head to the Magistrate at Arbour-square—I did not say to anybody, "I know the prisoner had a wound"—I do not know where my husband had been that day; he will not drink—he has lost his sight.

WILLIAM JOE (Policeman, K 151). I took the prisoner—he said, "A lot of men came to my place last night, and I thought they were going to murder me—I went out the back way, came round to the front, and struck one of them."

WILLIAM GILES , M. R. C. S. I am a Licentiate of the Royal College of Edinburgh, and reside at Canton-place, Limehouse—I was requested by Dr. Nightingale to see the prosecutor, as he considered he was dying—he was sinking very fast, and erysipelas had set in over the wound—I could not examine the eye, it was so much swollen—he rallied under the use of stimulants, and when the swelling subsided, I discovered that the eye was cut right through; the humours had escaped, and the eye was lost—it had swollen as large as an egg—he was very ill, and was three weeks before we could leave him alone—I apprehend the lobe of the eye will have to be taken away. MR. HORRY called

CATHERINE BARRETT . I am the wife of Bartholemew Barrett; and live in the house Dunn lives in—on boxing-night the prosecutor and his brother came there, and asked if Dunn was in—I said, "No; "but he was in, and was going to bed drunk—some one called on the Sunday, and knocked at at the door—Dunn went down out of bed, and asked them what they wanted—on the Monday Ward and Myers came; Myers knocked a doubleknock at the door, and asked for Dunn—I did not answer him, it was Alice Brown—Dunn was in my room; he did not go out then; he did afterwards, and hit Mr. Myers.

ALICE BROWN . I am the wife of Michael Brown, and live in the same house as the prisoner—on Sunday evening, the 27th, I heard a doubleknock, but saw no one—on Monday evening Myers and Ward came to the door—the young man who was with Myers struck him—I saw Dunn strike Myers once, but that was after Myers had been struck.

GUILTY .— Confined Eighteen Months.

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