3rd August 1880
Reference Numbert18800803-456
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence

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456. WILLIAM BARLOW (17) , Maliciously wounding John Stevens.

MR. SAMPSON Prosecuted.

JOHN STEVENS . I am 17 years old on 27th July—I was at work in

the docks with the prisoner—we had a quarrel, and I struck him a slight blow on the arm with a packing cap, which is like a coalhammer pad—he said, "I will stick this b—knife into you if you don't leave off," and struck me on my arm with a penknife—I picked up a bit of wood and hit at him, but I do not know whether I hit him or not—I ran away, and he ran after me and stabbed me in my back with the same knife—I took my coat off, and directly he saw the blood he ran away—it was a four-bladed knife with a white handle.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I did not hit you on the head with a binder.—the piece of wood I picked up was not a binder.

EDWARD DUNN . I was in the dockyard with Barlow and Stevens—they were jawing at each other, and Stevens struck the prisoner a slight blow with a packing-cap, and then the prisoner stuck a penknife into his arm—after that he said, "I will stick this b—knife into you"—I did not hear him say "if you don't leave off"—Stevens picked up a piece of wood, made a slight blow at the prisoner, and missed him—Stevens ran away, and the prisoner stuck the knife into his back, and still held it in his hand—Stevens started on, took off his coat, turned up his sleeves, and when the prisoner saw the blood he ran away.

Cross-examined. I did not see the prisoner hit you with a stick or touch you.

ARTHUR VOSPER . I live at 6, Sayer's Place, Botherhithe—I saw Stevens hit the prisoner with a stick on the arm, and the prisoner stabbed him in the arm with a penknife and said that he would stick the bleeding knife into him again—Stevens then hit him on the arm with a binder; he missed his head, and I saw it fall on the prisoner's arm as he held it up—he than stabbed Stevens in his back—Stevens took his coat off, and when the prisoner saw the blood he ran away with the knife in his hand.

BENJAMIN BROWNING . I am Divisional Surgeon of Police at Eotherhithe—on 27 July I saw Stevens at the station; he was bleeding from an incised wound in the fleshy part of the back of his arm, two or three inches long, which had exposed the muscles; also from a punctured wound on his back, which had penetrated to the backbone, and then glanced off to the left for quite two inches—he lost more than a pint of blood—I dressed the wounds, and they are now healed—he has sustained no serious injury except from loss of blood.

FRANK BRIERS (Police Sergeant R). I took the prisoner on 28th July, and told him the charge—he said, "I did do it—I am very sorry—they knocked me about—I told them I should do it if they did not leave me alone—he said that he threw the knife away in the docks.

Prisoner's Defence. There were two of them beating me. I had the knife in my hand. It was shoved into me, and I stuck it into him. I did not know what I was doing. I am very sorry for it.

GUILTY of a Common Assault.— Twelve Month's Imprisonment.

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