22nd November 1886
Reference Numbert18861122-15
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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15. WILLIAM HADE (32) , Feloniously wounding William Brown, with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

MR. ARTHUR GILL Prosecuted.

WILLIAM BROWN . On 3rd November I was in the tramp ward of the Uxbridge Union; the prisoner was there also—on the night of the 2nd we had some words and I struck him twice; he did nothing to me then—I left the Union next morning; on the road I overtook him and asked him which was the right road to Watford—he said I was to come on, and he turned round and struck me on the top of the head with a razor—my eyes were blinded with blood; I caught hold of him and threw him down—I got up again and he knocked me down again and got on the top of me; he had the razor in his hand, and he attempted to cut my throat—I tried to knock his hand away; I received a cut across my face—no one else was there at the time—two others came to my assistance; the prisoner got up and ran away, and they ran after him and caught him—I returned with them to the workhouse, and have been attended by the medical officer ever since up to last Sunday—I had not offered any provocation to the prisoner that morning—I struck him on the Tuesday night because of the violence he used to me on Monday—he then struck me and threatened to do for me with the razor—he said it was a b—good job he had not the razor in his hand then or I should have been a dead man.

JAMES SMITH . I was in the tramp ward at the Uxbridge Union, and left on the morning of 3rd November—I saw the prisoner and Brown

struggling in the road—when I got up to them Brown was on the ground and the prisoner on top of him with a razor in his hand—I put my foot on his wrist to keep the razor down on the ground—Brown got up and told him to go away or he would be murdering him—the prisoner then got up and ran away; I called Trinder to come and help—I ran after the prisoner and caught him, and took him back to the Union—I saw blood coming down Brown's face.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I did not see Brown strike you when in the Union; I heard a dispute between you the night before.

THOMAS TRINDER . On the morning of 3rd November I left the Union—when I got outside I saw the two men on the ground struggling—I stopped a moment or two, when Smith sang out, "Help, here is a man cutting another with a razor"—I saw streams of blood running down Brown's face—I ran after the prisoner; he said, "It's no use running after me"—I caught him and took him to the Union—he said, "What is it to do with you?"—I said, "A great deal, seeing a poor man served in that way"—I asked him for the razor; he put it in his pocket and it was taken out of his pocket at the workhouse.

Prisoner. You gave me a kick in the head.

Witness. I did not.

WILLIAM RAYNER, M.R.C.S . I am medical officer of the Uxbridge Union—on 3rd November I was summoned to the workhouse to see Brown—he had three cuts; one on the top of the head, about 3 inches long; one across the face, cutting through the edge of the nose, about 4 inches long; and a third on the buttock, about 1 1/2 inches long—they were inflicted by some sharp instrument, such as a razor—they were not in themselves dangerous unless erysipelas had come on—they are healed now, and he is well.

CHARLES HAWKINS . I am master of the Uxbridge Union—on the morning of 3rd November, about 5 minutes to 3, I heard a disturbance, went to the front door, and saw the prisoner in custody of Trinder—I also saw Brown bleeding very much from wounds in the face—I at once ordered his removal to the infirmary—I asked the prisoner if he had inflicted the wounds—he said, "Yes, and so would you if you had been attacked the same as I have been"—I asked him for the razor—he said, "It is in my waistcoat pocket"—I searched his right-hand pocket and found the razor without the case—I examined it, and found spots of wet blood—I sent for the police, and gave the prisoner into custody—I saw that the prisoner's face was slightly discoloured under the eye, as if there had been a blow there—nothing was reported to me of any occurrence in the casual ward the night before.

MICHAEL PENNYFOLD (Policeman X 359). The prisoner was given into my custody—I told him the charge—he said, "I don't deny it, and if you had seven or eight set on you the same as I had you would have done the same; if I had been armed with a revolver I would have shot the lot."

The Prisoner's Statement before the Magistrate. "I plead guilty. I consider, having a body of men starting on me, I was quite justified in law in defending myself. I was knocked down and kicked by one of the witnesses while I was fighting with the prosecutor, and I felt justified in using the razor in self-defence."

GUILTY of unlawfully wounding. Nine Months' Hard Labour.

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