24th June 1889
Reference Numbert18890624-566
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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566. JAMES MUNDAY (31) , Feloniously wounding Sarah Ellen Munday, with intent to do her grievous bodily harm.

MR. JONES LEWIS Prosecuted.

SARAH ELLEN MUNDAY . I am the prisoner's wife, and live with him at 29, Bridgewater Street, St. Pancras—on Saturday evening, 1st June, I was lying on my bed with my six months' old baby about five p. m.—the prisoner came in the worse for drink, and asked me to get him some tea; I refused—he went to the sideboard or table, and picked up something, I could not see what it was; he came to the bed, and struck me once on the left side of the hip with his hand; I don't know if there was anything in it or not—he then went away, I saw no more of him—I went in the next room and knocked at the door, and asked them to fetch someone for me, as I was bleeding—I walked downstairs, and the police and doctor came and took me to the infirmary, where I have been till now—

I am well now—I feel weak; I have not been discharged from the infirmary—I felt very weak after this blow.

Cross-examined. I was drunk on the bed—I did not see anything in his hand.

GEORGE PATTEN (Policeman Y R 25). At 5. 25 on this evening I was called to 29, Bridgewater Street, where the prisoner and the prosecutrix lived—I found the prosecutrix standing in the passage, up against the wall, bleeding very much—blood was running down her legs—I sent for a surgeon, and he had her removed to St. Pancras Infirmary in a cab—about one o'clock a. m. I took the prisoner in custody, and told him I should charge him with stabbing his wife; he made no remark till we got outside, then he said, "Is she dead?"—I said, "No"—he said, "I am very sorry she is not. Where is my children? I am very sorry to think of what I have done. I was in drink, or I should not have done it"—I afterwards searched the room; I found the bed all disarranged and smothered in blood, which was also down the stairs—I found this knife, without a handle, lying close against a pool of blood on the floor, about two feet from the bed; I could see no mark on it—these two knives and this razor I found on a shelf—the prisoner was a great deal the worse for drink.

WILLIAM JAMES MACFARLANE . I am a surgeon, of 70, Oakley Square, St. Pancras—on 1st June, at quarter-past five p. m., I was called to 29, Bridgewater Street, where I found the prosecutrix standing in the hall in a weak state—she had lost a lot of blood—I found a wound on her left hip about an inch long; I bound it up—she was taken to the infirmary—her pulse was very weak.

WALTER MACINDOE DUNLOP . I am medical officer to St. Pancras—the prosecutrix was brought to the infirmary about 5. 15 on this day—I saw her—she was suffering from shock and loss of blood—her clothes were saturated with blood-through each garment there was a cut exactly corresponding with the wounds, and behind the left hip there was a punctured clean cut wound about an inch long, and on probing it I found it reached to the bone; the flesh there was about two inches deep—it was such a wound as could have been caused by one of these knives—this one without a handle is the most likely one—she is much better, but she has not been discharged from the infirmary yet.

The Prisoner's statement before the Magistrate: "Iwas drunk at the time it happened, and having served in India and had a sunstroke, a little drop affects me. I have been a good husband and a good father. I wish you could settle the case here."

The Prisoner in his defence said it was an accident; that he was cutting bread, and rushed, forgetting the knife in his hand, to save his wife from falling out of bed, and it went into her; that she was drunk, and he had had no dinner, and had asked her several times to came out of the public-house.

GUILTY of unlawful wounding. Four Months' Hard Labour :

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