1st March 1869
Reference Numbert18690301-340
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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340. JOHN LEONARD (19) , Feloniously wounding William Dennis with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

MR. MOODY. conducted the Prosecution.

WILLIAM DENNIS . I live at 30, High Street, Shadwell, and am an ostler—I work for Mr. Austin—the prisoner in in his employ, to do odd jobs—on the 9th February he was discharged in consequence of a little bit of a bother between us—he had thrown a shovel at me—next day I was in Mr. Peacock's shop, next door—the prisoner came in and said, "Have you been for a policeman?"—I said, "Yes, I have; what is that to do with you?"—he then struck me with a knife on the side of the ear—I caught hold of his hand—he struggled to get away—he threw the knife away and struck me several times with his fist—I bled very much from the blow with the knife—I went to the doctor—I gave the prisoner into custody directly, then and there—I did not know I was stabbed till I saw the blood running down my neck—I saw the knife that he struck me with.

ADOLPH DREZLING . I live at 30, High Street, Shadwell—on this night I was at Mr. Austin's—I saw the prisoner run after the prosecutor and hit him with a knife behind his left ear—this is the knife (produced)—I had seen it in his possession—he had been trying to hit me with it before I saw blood on it.

JOHN MCKINNON . I live at 206, High Street, Shadwell—on the 10th February I saw the prisoner hit Dennis two or three times—I saw him throw a knife away, and I picked it up—I think this is it—I gave it to a boy, who gave it to Mr. Peacock.

GEORGE PEACOCK . I live at 31, High Street, Shadwell—I received this knife from a lad, and gave it to the sergeant—I can't say who the lad was—I saw the prisoner strike Dennis just as he left the threshhold of my door.

DANIEL ROSS . I am divisional surgeon of police—on the 10th February I saw the prosecutor at the station—I examined his head and found an incised wound on the left side, about an inch in length, about two inches behind the ear—it touched the bone—it was not a dangerous wound—it would have been if it had not touched the bone—it may have been inflicted by this knife—he is well now.

WILLIAM SMITH . (Policeman R 47). I received the knife from Mr. Peacock—it was wet with blood—it was shown to the prisoner at the station, and he said to the prosecutor, "Six months you shall have for this"—the prisoner's thumb was out—I asked him how he came with that, he said it was done by a coalwhipper, who took the knife away from him, previous to this transaction.

JOSEPH DEATH . (Policeman R 151). I took the prisoner—I said I should take him for cutting and wounding Dennis—he made no answer—at the station he said to Dennis, "You will rue this, if it is for six months"—he said, "I did not use the knife, it does not belong to me, a coalwhipper took mine away before"—the prisoner was under the influence of liquor.

Prisoner's Statement before the Magistrate. "The boy says he does not believe the knife is the one that was picked up."

Witness for the Defence.

DANIEL FOLBY . I am a coalwhipper, and live in Union Street, Stratford—I tried to take the knife away from the prisoner on the 10th February, but I did not do it—I was not with him at all—I was coming out of a public-house and saw him with the knife In his hand, and I tried to take it away from him—I thought it was not safe in his hands.

GUILTY. of unlawfully wounding— Nine Months' Imprisonment.

Before R. M. Kerr, Esq.

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