4th May 1891
Reference Numbert18910504-436
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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436. HENRY HARRIS (23) , Feloniously wounding Aveliney Eastwood, with intent to do her grievous bodily harm.

MR. KEELING Prosecuted and MR. OGLE Defended.

GEORGE ALLEN (Police Inspector K). On 16th February, about 9.15 p.m., I saw the prosecutrix in a van on Berry's Marsh, Barking—in consequence of what she said I went with Mason to 52, Marlborough Street, East Ham, but could not get in—the occupier of the adjoining house came home and let me in at the rear of the house, and shortly afterwards I saw the prisoner in Mason's custody, and I took him to the van, and the prosecutrix made this statement in his presence: "Me and my daughter and Henry Harris went to Berry's beer-house about ten o'clock on Saturday night, the 14th inst., and sat there till eleven; we had been shopping. Harris knocked my daughter down; she is his wife; she had the child in her arms. I went to stop it, and he knocked me down. Me and my daughter came home. About an hour afterwards Harris went up into the van and got a stick, and tried to hit me with it, and then threw it at me, and struck me in the back, and then he went to the barrow or van and got the soldering-iron, and threw it at me with all vengeance, and it stuck in my side. I was then standing on the ground between the vans. My daughter pulled it out, and. I then fell down; I am now in great pain"—the prisoner heard all that; I cautioned him, and he said, "When I came between the vans she said, 'Little Dog's-nose'. I said, 'Yes.' She had a broom-handle in her hand, and struck me with it on my head; her son, John Eastwood, was on top of me on the ground; young James Hedges pulled him off. As: I got up Johnny came after me again; my missus stood over me, so he

should not kick me in the head. As I was getting up I got this iron or whatever it was and threw it, I did not know what it was; I do not know whether it hit anybody or not. I put the iron in a corner of the van"—he was then taken to the station and charged.

Cross-examined. The soldering-iron has not been found—the prosecutrix is the prisoner's mother-in-law—they all live in vans—there are about seven vans—his wife and Johnny Eastwood were present.

JOHN EASTWOOD . I live in a van at Dartford, and wherever the van happens to be—on 14th February me and my mother, my sister, and the prisoner were near Barking, and we were going out shopping; we. went into Berry's beer-house and had three or four pots of ale between the lot of us—the prosecutrix offered the prisoner some of the beer; he said he did not want none, and struck my sister on the mouth; then my mother went to prevent him; he struck her with his hand, and she struck him back—we all left but the prisoner, and about half an hour afterwards he came to the vans and ran to his van or barrow, and got his soldering-iron, which is pointed, and threw it with all his vengeance at my mother; it struck her on her left side, and she fell down—my sister ran and pulled it out—I struggled with the prisoner and then ran for a doctor, and when I came back the prisoner was gone—I had had no quarrel with the prisoner; the only row was between him and his wife and the prosecutrix.

Cross-examined. This was in February, about eleven at night—I saw Johnny Hedges there, he did not pull me off the prisoner—I was not on top of the prisoner—the row began in the public-house, and went on afterwards—my mother had this broom-stick in her hand, not at the public-house, but at home—I did not hear her speak to the prisoner or to any one—I did not hear her call the prisoner "Little Dog's-nose"—it was quite dark—the van was five or six yards from where my mother was standing, and about half-a-mile from the public-house where we left the prisoner—I was seven or eight yards from him when he threw the soldering-iron—I saw it in his barrow before he threw it, and in his hand—only our own family were standing about—he said nothing when he threw it.

AVELIKEY EASTWOOD . I am the prosecutrix's daughter—I saw the prisoner throw a soldering-iron at my mother—it caught her in her side, and she fell—I pulled it out of her side; I could not do it with one hand, I had to use two.

Cross-examined. I was not at the public-house—the prisoner was very drunk; I did not hear him say anything—I 'did not hear him called "Little Dog's-nose—Jemmy Hedges was by the side of the van—I did not see him pull my brother Johnny off the prisoner—my mother had a broom handle in her hand, keeping him off, but she never struck him with it.

Re-examined. The iron had got no handle on it, and the part that had had the handle stuck into my mother; it was sharp—I saw my sister take it to the prisoner the next morning, and he took it.

AVELINEY EASTWOOD . I now live at Dartford—I did live in a van at Barking—on February 14 I was with my son and the prisoner and my daughter, his wife, drinking in a public-house at Barking, for about half an hour—the prisoner got up and began knocking his wife about—I asked him what he did it for—he said he would serve me the same—he attempted to strike me, but I hit him first—my son and daughter and I

left and went to the van, and in about half an hour I saw the prisoner go to his ran; he got a stick and beat me with it, and then he picked up a saucepan off the ground, threw it at me, and hit me on a shoulder with it; he then went to his barrow or his van and got a soldering-iron and threw it at me, and it stuck in my left side, I fell and my daughter came and pulled it out—Dr. Lee came to me.

Cross-examined. It was dark; I was about six or seven yards from him—we had been in two beer-houses, but we were not many minutes in one—we had two pots at Berry's, but I did not have much; Johnny Hedges was with us—we were all very excited with the, row—I saw my son Johnny tackle the prisoner in the beer-house; he did not get him down on the ground—I did not see Jemmy Hedges pull bun off.

Re-examined. I have not seen Hedges about the Court.

EDWARD SAMUEL LEE . I am a registered medical man, of Barking—on 15th February, about 11.30 p.m., I went to a ran in the New Road Barking, and found the prosecutrix suffering from a small punctured wound at the back of her left side—it was bleeding, and she was in a state of considerable collapse—it must have been made with a sharp instrument; it penetrated into her chest, and injured her lungs, and pneumonia supervened; she was in very great danger of her life for two months—she gave evidence at the Police-court on April 25, but in my opinion she was not able to go—she has not recovered yet—the wound could be inflicted with a soldering-iron.

THOMAS (Police Sergeant K). I took the prisoner 16th February at Marlborough Road, East Ham—I had to get in through the next house, and found him in the w.c—I asked what he was doing there; he said he went there to get out of the way—I told him I should take him in custody for violently assaulting his mother-in-law by throwing a soldering-iron at her—he said, "I am very sorry, I did not know it was a soldering-iron when I threw it at all; we had a row in Berry's beer-shop, and when we got home between the vans they started on their game; they got: me down and knocked me about; look at my face"—his face knocked about and he had a black eye—he is a tinker—I took him to Barking to hear the charge, and the prosecutrix made a statement—when he was charged at the station he made the same statement, and said they would, have killed him if it had not been for his wife.

GUILTY of unlawfully wounding. Six Month, Hard Labour

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