9th January 1882
Reference Numbert18820109-200
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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200. JOHN MASON (30) , Unlawfully causing grievous bodily harm to George Williams.


GEORGE WILLIAMS. I am a porter, and live at 16, Great Garden Street, Whitechapel—on 6th December, between 8.30 and 9 p.m., I was crossing King William Street from the side of the Fishmongers' Hall—I saw Mr. Gregory half way across the road with my work on his shoulder—I looked to see if anything was coming—when I got about half way across I noticed this cabman coming along from the direction of London Bridge—he was driving very fast—I cannot judge the dis-tance he was when I saw him—I held up my right hand—I could not get back on account of the vehicles behind—he put his whip across the

horse's loins—I made a grasp at the bridle, but missed it—the horse seemed to go a little quicker—I fell forward—I was taken to Guy's Hospital—I was there 9 or 10 days—I do not think I shall ever be the same man again—I am earning nothing.

Cross-examined. My right name is Jordan—Mr. Josephs employs me—my address is 180, Ambrose Street, Whitechapel—I do not know the Three Crowns—I had been at a public-house, but not constantly, for three days—the name of the landlord is Marsh, but I never noticed the sign of the house—I have known the house four years—my master did not fetch me out of the public-house to go to the Borough; it was to go to the Minories—he did not find fault with me, nor say I was so drunk as to be unfit for work—I asked Gregory to carry my parcel—I was perfectly sober—I did not hear any one call out "Hi!"—Gregory said my parcel was no weight, he would carry it—it only had nine coats in it, and I have carried from 25 to 30.

JOSEPH GREGORY . I am a clerk, and live at 16, Garden Street, Whitechapel—I was with the prosecutor on 6th December in King William Street—I crossed the road—I looked to see if he was coming—he asked me to carry his parcel, as he was not well and did not feel capable of carrying it—I am positive he was sober—when I got across the street I heard a shout; I turned round, and saw him on the ground—the cab had pulled up then, about 20 yards off—I cannot say whether the prisoner was sober—Williams was taken to the hospital, and I de-livered the parcel.

Cross-examined. Williams lives in the same house as I do—he is employed at Mr. Joseph's, a wholesale clothier—he had been drinking at the Three Crowns for two or three days before the accident—he goes there every day and every night—I should be surprised if a person using a place for three or four years did not know the sign—he had been on the booze—he told me his master fetched him out of the Three Crowns to go to the Borough, and that his master complained of his being in such a beastly state of drunkenness that he could not work—he had the 1d. slightly—I had no difficulty in crossing—it was his own fault—he told me had been drinking hard—he complained of being sick and giddy all the way—I did not see him run over—it might have been the cabman who called out "Hi"—a quarter of a minute elapsed after the shout before I saw Williams on the ground—if he had crossed with me he would have been all right.

WILLIAM EDWARD COLES (City Policeman 795). I was on duty in King William Street on 6th December, about 8.40 p.m.—I heard a shout—I saw a hansom cab going over a man—I ran and stopped it about 30 yards on—I found the driver hanging on the back of his cab; he had fallen off his seat—he was drunk—another constable took the prisoner to the station—I took the injured man to the hospital—he was not the worse for liquor.

Cross-examined. One of the persons in the cab is here—the prisoner was incapable of driving a cab—it was a slippery night, and cold—I saw him fall off his cab—he was partially strapped on—he was hanging by the strap, and clutching—he could not stand—I did not kiss him, nor smell his breath—he had the appearance of a drunken man.

ALEXANDER VERRALL (City Policeman 827). I was in King William Street at 8.35 p.m. on 6th December—I was called to the place where

the accident occurred—I took the prisoner into custody—I am quite sure he was drunk—he was incapable; not fit to drive a horse and cab—he could not walk straight—I led him to the station, and got another man to lead his horse and cab—two persons were in the cab—one was getting out—they were drunk.

Cross-examined. The cabman was not so drunk that he would lay down—it was a frosty night—the asphalte is always greasy—he asked to see a doctor an hour and a half after he was taken—I did not hear him say he had money enough to pay for a doctor—the inspector said he did not think it was necessary.

WILLIAM THOMAS CREW . I was house surgeon at Guy's Hospital on 6th December—I examined Williams—there was a severe bruise in the lower part of the back—he was in the hospital 10 or 11 days—his weak-ness may be owing to his want of food.

Cross-examined. Hard drinking would prolong his present condition.

Witness for the Defence.

THOMAS EVANS , I am a sack and bag commission agent, of 15, King Street, Ford Road—I was in this cab when the accident occurred—I saw the man cross the street with a parcel, and Williams seemed to come from the side right under the cab, and the cabman shouted "Oh, my God"—it was impossible to save Williams—my friend who was in the cab was intoxicated—I went to the station and gave my name and address—the accident could not be avoided—the cabman had nothing to make him drunk—we had a couple of glasses of ale and two small lemons—I had no hesitation in going into the cab, and I would not go with a drunken cabman—he had driven us from Mitcham, eight miles—he was in our company about four hours, except a quarter of an hour when I saw my friend at Mitcham—I saw him take the cloth round his knees when I got out of the cab—he appeared distressed when the man got under the cab—he shouted "Hi."

Cross-examined. I took him to Mitcham—we did not use the rail be-cause we had business on the way—we stopped at one public-house going, and one coming back, besides where we went to—I was not drunk; I had been suffering from sciatica—my friend was getting better—he seemed a little bit on, going down—the horse's legs caught the prosecutor, and threw him under—the cabman pulled up as quick as he could.


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