ALEXANDER WHITE.
16th November 1891
Reference Numbert18911116-28
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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28. ALEXANDER WHITE (52) , Feloniously wounding Elizabeth White, with intent to murder; Second Count, with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

MR. GEOGHEGAN Prosecuted, and MR. PAUL TAYLOR Defended.

ELIZABETH WHITE . I am the prisoner's wife—we have been married about 32 years—in this year we were living at the Yorkshire Hotel, Euston Road—on 25th September, this year, there was a quarrel between us, and the police were called in—the prisoner had threatened to stab me with a carving knife, and to hang for me; he was bound over to keep the peace—lately we have occupied separate bedrooms, for two nights only—early on the morning of 20th October he followed me into my room and began to use vile language—we were then sleeping in the same bed-room—I said I would not have it—he said, "If you won't have that, you shall have this," and he took a razor from the top of the cupboard and cut my throat—I was sitting on a chair, not undressed—I put up my hand to prevent him, and the razor cut my thumb—I struggled with him—he then left me—I saw him go out at the door—I was taken to the hospital, and remained there some time—I have not quite recovered yet—I am still an out-patient.

Cross-examined. I suppose he had had some drink—I had been out with him the night before, since about eight, to a public-house in Judd Street, the Balmoral—my sister was with me; we left him there—we got home about twelve—a Mrs. Earl was staying in the house for the night; I don't know that she is a person of loose character—I was told she had gone up to my room, not with a man—I did not know her, more than, coming in for a bed—I saw her that night, I was not drinking with her—she did not in my presence make an indecent remark to my husband—he has not constantly complained of the persons I had in the house—he has not gone down on his knees and begged me to keep prostitutes out—if he has complained it has been when in drink—we lived on very bad terms.

ALFRED NICHOLLS (Detective Sergeant E). On 20th October I received information and went to 49, Euston Road—I saw a quantity of blood, and a number of articles stained with blood—I found this razor on the mantelpiece in the back parlour; there were bloodstains on it—about six the same morning the prisoner was handed over to me by another

constable—I told him he would be charged with attempting to murder his wife that morning at 49, Euston Road, by cutting her throat with a razor—he said, "I deny it"—I searched him, and found on him, among other articles, this letter, addressed to Mrs. Williams, his married daughter—on searching the house I found a bottle of laudanum. (The letter was as follows:—"My dear Maggie,—Just arrived to tell you that my body will be brought to your place, and that I am put away, as you may likewise know. Thank that woman for all the trouble that has taken place; and, my dear, I ask you for the last time you will hear from me, to clear the lot out. Tell your dear husband not to allow them to stay there, or they will drive him out of his mind, as your dear mother has driven me out of my mind. My poor head aches. My dear, kiss mother for me, and may God bless her for ever. Come and see my body, it is your broken-hearted father. May God look after you, and think of the old man gone to another world. I can't write any more. God bless you, dear Maggie.—From your affectionate father. A. W.")

Cross-examined. At that time he appeared to be suffering from the effects of drink.

ROBERT BOUGHTON . At half-past three on the afternoon of 20th October I was called to a pawnbroker's shop in Robert Street, Regent's Park; I there saw the prisoner—I told him I was a police-constable, and that ho answered the description of Alexander White, wanted for the attempted murder of a woman in the Euston Road last evening—he said, "Yes, my name is Alexander White, I live at 49, Euston Road"—I took him into custody, when he said, "Did you say murder? I know nothing about it"—I took him to the station and searched him, and found this revolver, perfectly new, loaded in six chambers, also forty-four cartridges—he said he intended blowing out his own brains that night—he said, "If there is anything the matter with my wife, it is the bullies and prostitutes in the house that have done it."

Cross-examined. I think he was dazed with drink.

WALTER PEMBERTON FFOOKS . I am house surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital—on the early morning of 20th October the deceased was admitted there—she had an incised wound on the right side of the neck, four inches long, across the front of the throat, passing the middle line—the first two inches of the wound were deep, and severed the external jugular and the anterior half of the main muscle on the side of the neck, the rest of the wound was through skin and loose tissue just beneath it; she was suffering severely from loss of blood—she was quite conscious, I should not say that she appeared to have been drinking—I noticed four wounds on the right hand, two were deep and two superficial—one deep one was on the inner side of the right thumb, the other was within an inch of the end of the middle finger; the two superficial ones were one on either side of the palm—the wound in the neck was a dangerous one; I think the injuries could have been caused by a razor—I dont know when she left the hospital

GEORGE SUGG (E 63). On 25th September last the prisoner was in my custody on a charge of threatening to murder his wife—I saw him running down the garden from the house into the Euston Road—he had nothing in Ins hand—I heard him say he would cut his wife's head off—I took him into custody on a warrant—he said, "I mean to go back and do what I said, if I get fifty years for it"—his wife and several others

were running away from him when he said he would cut her head off; he made the other statement on his way to the station—he was remanded for a fortnight to Holloway Prison, and then discharged.

GUILTY on the Second Count Seven Years' Penal Servitude.


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