24th June 1889
Reference Numbert18890624-581
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence; Not Guilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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581. JOHN BREWER (40) and THOMAS CROW (30) , Feloniously wounding Alfred Mayo, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.

MR. SIMMONDS Prosecuted; MR. PURCELL Defended Crow.

ALFRED MAYO . I live at 9, Langton Street, St. Luke's—on 20th June, about 10. 40, I was in Three Herring Court, with Mary Ann Fisher, who I keep company with; it is a long court, and rather narrow; there is a lamp in the middle and one at the end—Brewer came up as I was wishing her good-night, and pushed violently against both of us—I asked him why he did that—he moved a few paces up the court and turned back, and came at me as if he would strike me, and I knocked him down—he got up again and continued to struggle, and we both fell, he on the top of me, and I felt something very sharp all over my head and near my eye, and I was smothered in blood, but I did not lose sight of him—I got up and saw Crow and Mr. Fisher fighting—I went to the hospital—this patch over my eye is in consequence of the wounds—I have seen Brewer, but I do not know either of them—I saw something protruding from Brewer's hand.

Cross-examined by Brewer. I should not take it to be a pipe; a pipe would not go through my coat and waistcoat.

MARY ANN FISHER . I am single, and live with my father at 9, Three Herring Court—on 3rd June, about 10. 45, on going up the court, Brewer pushed me against the wall—I turned round, and saw him strike Mayo with his fist clenched—they fought, and went to the ground—I saw them fighting on the ground; Brewer was punching Mayo, and I saw a knife in his hand; it looked like a penknife, but I only saw the blade—I then saw Crow punching Mayo while he was on the ground—my father came out and pulled Crow off of Mayo—when Brewer got off Mayo, Mayo's face looked like a bit of liver, with thick congealed blood—I took him to the hospital.

Cross-examined by Mr. PURCELL. Crow came up, and said he was going to part them, but he could not part them by punching Mayo—my father pulled Crow off Mayo, and Crow and my father fought together—Crow lives a few houses up—I saw nothing in Crow's hand.

JOHN FISHER . I live at 9, Three Herring Court—on 3rd June, at 10. 45 p. m., I was at home and heard my daughter scream for help—I looked out at the window and saw Brewer on the top of Mayo—I ran out into the court, and he was still on the top of him, and both prisoners were punching him—there was a lamp right opposite—I pulled Crow away, and said, "Come on, you get away"—he said, "I am parting them"—I said, "You are punching him as hard as you can"—Crow went at him again, and I pulled him away again; and he rushed at me, and we fought—I did not see anything in either of their hands.

Cross-examined by MR. PURCELL. I told the Magistrate that he did it twice.

ELLEN FISHER . I saw Brewer go up to my sister and push her against the wall—I turned round, and they fought and fell; they got up and they fell again, and I saw Brewer punching Mayo with a knife—Crow ran down from the other end of the court, and went up to Mayo, who was

still on the ground; my father came up and pulled him off Mayo—I went for a constable, who arrested Brewer.

Cross-examined by MR. PURCELL. When Crow came up he ran to where Mayo and Brewer were lying on the ground, and my father seized Crow and pulled him off.

JOHN FISHER . I saw Brewer on top of Mayo, and saw Crow run from the top of the court with a knife, and they were both over Mayo, punching him—I did not see what became of the knife—my father came up and pulled Crow away.

Cross-examined by MR. PURCELL. My father had a struggle with Crow, and I went to look for a policeman; when I came back Crow was not there.

RICHARD CULLINGWORTH (City Policeman 160). On 3rd June, about 10. 45, I was called to Three Herring Court, and found Mayo bleeding profusely from the left side of his face; the blood on his face was very thick, and in a congealed state—on arriving at the entrance of the court I saw Crow in the midst of a crowd without coat, waistcoat, or hat—I went up the court, and met Brewer coming from his house without a coat—I told him he would be charged with cutting and wounding a man on his face, and I should take him to the station—he said, "All right, I will go with you"—on the way he said, "This is a got-up job, they have been waiting for this; it is a faction fight, this is one of Mr. Charley's doing; they have been waiting for me for some time"—he went into a long statement about quarrels which had taken place between the two families—when the charge was read he said, "I know nothing about it; I never stabbed anybody in my life"—he was drunk—I saw a cut on one of the fingers of his right hand—no-knife was found on him.

Cross-examined by MR. PURCELL. Crow appeared sober—I did not take him in custody.

EDWARD EDWIN GARDINER (City Policeman 114). On 4th June I was on duty; John Fisher called me, and Crow was given into my custody, and charged with being concerned in assaulting a man—he said, "I was there trying to part them"—Mr. Fisher came up and said, "He is wanted for stabbing the man"—Crow said, "I did not stab him; it was a Mr. Brewer"—I took him to the station; he said nothing in answer to the charge.

CHARLES YOUNG , M. D. I was house surgeon at St. Bartholomew's Hospital—on the night of June 3rd Mayo was brought in, bleeding profusely from an incised wound over his left ear, several punctured wounds on his scalp, and one at the external angle of his left eye—I afterwards found three punctured wounds on the back of his left forearm, and one on his chest over the region of his heart—I think they had been made through his clothes—the punctured wounds were superficial, but that on his ear was deeper, and it went in and came out again about three quarters of an inch beyond—he was in the hospital for a fortnight, and I believe he has been there once or twice since.

Witnesses for the Defence.

WILLIAM BREWER . The prisoner is my father—I remember the row in the court—a young woman pushed against my father—I saw Mayo knock against a barrow, and saw him and my father fighting on the ground—I saw Crow on top of Mayo; he pushed my father off Mayo—I did not see any blood.

JOHN WILLIAM CASEY . I am an electro-gilder, of 2, Three Herring Court—on 3rd June I was in my room playing at cards with a friend; Crow was there in his shirt sleeves; he said, "Good night," and went upstairs to bed—I heard screams of murder in the court, and Crow came down and rushed out—he had no knife in his hand—he was perfectly sober.

Cross-examined. I know all the parties—they are continually quarrelling—there is ill blood between them.

Brewer, in his defence, stated that the Fisher family had always shown enmity to him; that they had a fight on September 5th, and he thought it was all over, but after that Fisher's wife struck him on his head with a poker, for which she was sentenced to two months' hard labour at Guildhall, and was discharged on November 5th; and shortly after she came home she began to row and called his children bastards, and water was thrown on them from the Fisher's first floor window; that Mayo was lying in wait for him at midnight, and one night a glass bottle was thrown, which struck him on his back, and the family were the dread of the court; that on June 3rd, as he was coming home from work, Mayo struck him and knocked him down, and that he had nothing in his hand but a pipe.

CHARLES YOUNG (Re-examined). The wounds could have been inflicted with any sharp instrument; a penknife would do it, and so would the end of a pipe, if it was sharp; but they were clean cut wounds.

BREWER— GUILTY** of Unlawfully Wounding Nine Months' Hard Labour.


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