19th October 1885
Reference Numbert18851019-1029
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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1029. NORMAN WHITEHOUSE (33) , Feloniously wounding Rose Anna Whitman, with intent to do her some grievous bodily harm.

MR. SANDERS Prosecuted.

THOMAS RUSBRIDGE (Policeman V 207). On Saturday evening, 1st August, I was on duty on Thames side, Kingston, and from information I received I went to Old Bridge Street, where I saw outside the Black Lion the prosecutrix sitting on a chair bleeding from a wound on the left side of her neck—from what she said to me I went to Seething's lodging-house, where I saw the prisoner sitting in the kitchen—I told him I should charge him with feloniously cutting and wounding his wife, and that she said he had done it—he said, "I will go to the station with you, Sir; I have done it; she aggravated me to do it; I have had a lot of trouble with that woman lately"—he went very quietly to the station—the prosecutrix was removed to the station, and the doctor attended her and ordered her removal to the infirmary—the prisoner was brought up on the Monday, and remanded till the Wednesday week.

ROSE ANNA WHITMAN . I have been living with the prisoner as his wife for three years last April—on Saturday, 1st August, about 2 p.m., I had some words with the prisoner, who was going to sell my jacket—he was in the street, and I forbade his selling it and said, "If you sell it I will go to the police-station and demand it back again"—I kept out of his way until the evening, when I was against the Barleymow public-house—I went outside the Black Lion to speak to another woman, when the prisoner came up to me and walked away against the Black Lion door—the two houses are close to each other, one being a beershop and the other a public-house—he stood by the side of me, and did not speak to me, but plunged a penknife into my neck—I did not see where he got it from, and I have not seen it here—it felt like a knife in my neck, it was so quick—he would not have done it if he had not been in drink—he went straight into the lodging-house—I was then taken to the police-station, and afterwards to the infirmary, where I remained till the Saturday, as the hearing was on the 12th—I am quite well now; there is a small scar—we had not been drinking together that day—he got

with two or three people that I did not like—I do charing when I am able.

THOMAS RUSBRIDGE (Re-examined). They had both been drinking—he was not so drunk that he did not know what he was doing—he walked to the station all right—he did not stagger, and was very quiet.

DANIEL BIDDELL . I am a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons—I saw the prosecutrix on the night in question, when she was suffering from a wound on the throat on the left side—it was about one and a half inches, to the best of my recollection, below the ear, and about on a level with the angle of the jaw—it was almost horizontal, extending about one inch in length, and not more than half an inch in depth—it was dangerous from its position—I believe it divided the external jugular—of course that is not so important a vessel as the internal jugular—if the knife had penetrated half an inch farther it would have wounded the main vessels, namely, the internal jugular vein and the carotid artery.

By the COURT. There was hemorrhage, and it had been aggravated by the bystanders applying a lot of cloths, which I at once removed—I believe the wound to have been inflicted by a penknife—it was a puncture at the beginning—I believe it was dug in, and then worked its way out—I should say he turned the knife round in the wound—there was not a very considerable amount of force used, because it was not more than half an inch at the greatest depth—I believe she had imbibed a certain portion of drink; I could not say for certain—of course the loss of blood would cause excitement; she lost a considerable quantity, I am sure—she is perfectly out of danger now—I examined her body, and found two considerable bruises, one on the shoulder, and the other near the hip—I believe them to be recent, because I saw the woman a few days subsequently, and they had developed considerably.

The Prisoner's Statement before the Magistrate. "I am guilty. I am very sorry."

Prisoner's Defence. I am sorry. I did not know what I was doing. I was drinking from six in the morning till the time it was done, and I had been drinking all the week.

GUILTY of unlawfully wounding.

ROSE ANNA WHITMAN (Re-examined by the COURT ). The bruises were done the night before by his fist—I fell down.

GUILTY.—Recommended to mercy by the prosecutrix.— Ten Months' Hard Labour.

Before Mr. Justice Day.

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