19th September 1870
Reference Numbert18700919-786
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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786. EDWARD FREDERICK TALLEY (40) , Feloniously wounding and causing grievous bodily harm to Lavinia Talley, with intent to murder her.

MR. BRIXDLEY conducted the Protection.

LAVINIA TALLEY . The prisoner is my husband—I lived with him at 10, New Place, Rotherhithe—on 14th August, I had gone out to meet him—I was at the top of the court at 10 o'clock—he was the worse for liquor that night—he went into the room and sat down—he was talking to himself, and halloaing and singing—I asked him to go to bed—he began raving and calling me names—I hit him with a piece of wood across the shoulders—he got up and struck me with a can across the head till I was insensible—I was taken to the hospital.

CHARLOTTE TALLEY . I am the prisoner's daughter—on this Thursday evening my father came home about 10 o'clock, the worse for liquor—my mother asked him to go to bed—he jumped up, halloaed, and I ran out—he said he wanted two bits of iron to poke mother's eyes out—I took them with me out of the room—I saw mother strike father with a piece of wood

—when I went up stairs mother was bleeding—she was up in the corner, lying on the floor—she was not able to speak to me.

SAMUEL LILLEY . I am a Fellow of the College of Surgeons, and live at 70, Union Grove, Rotherhithe—on 4th August, I was called to 10, New Place, and found the first witness lying in a corner, in a fainting state, bleeding copiously from a wound on the head—the artery was severed—she was afterwards sent to the hospital.

The Prisoner's Statement before the Magistrate: "I was at work very hard till 8 o'clock in the evening, and only had two pints of beer."

GUILTY of unlawfully wounding. — One Month's Imprisonment.


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