13th January 1896
Reference Numbert18960113-142
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment > hard labour

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142. GEORGE REASON (45) , Feloniously wounding Jane Reason with intent to murder her. Second County with intent to do her grievous bodily harm.

MR. NOBLE Prosecuted.

JANE REASON . I live at 44, Winchester Street, Paddington—on January 9th I returned home from work about 7.30—the prisoner, who is my husband, was at home, sober—we had a few words and then he struck and kicked me several times—next morning I got up to go to work, but found I could not stand to my work from the kicks he had given me, and I returned home between 10.30 and 10.45—the prisoner was sitting having his breakfast—I took the teapot off the hob and poured myself out a cup of tea; he slashed it in the fire, and said if I wanted tea I was either to work or go in the streets for it—he struck me across the left thigh with this knife; it only cut this apron, and did not go far; then he struck me in the chest with the knife and cut my belt; it bent the knife—I ran to go out of the door, and he tried to twist me over on the bed, and I put up my right foot and wrist to push him back, and the knife scratched my wrist—he said, "You b——cow, I mean doing for you now"—this is the belt, it is marked by the knife; the knife did not go through it, because the knife bent—I went and saw the policeman, and he took me to the doctor, who dressed my arm—I had not attacked my husband on the evening of the 9th in any way.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I did not start quarrelling with you and calling you names when I came home on January 9th—I was not the worse for drink—I did not go to a public-house at all that evening—I had to go out to escape your violence—I did not say I would do for you—I did not hit you in the ribs—I did not take up a chair against you—I did not take your knife from the plate and run round the table—it is not true that I had the knife between my legs, and that the accident happened as you were taking it away—I had not taken a knife in my hand that morning, for I went away from home without a cup of tea.

GEORGE ALEXANDER KELMAN . I am a registered medical practitioner at 11, Carlton Terrace, Harrow Road—I examined prosecutrix on

January 10th, and found a clean cut wound on the outside of the right wrist, two inches long, and penetrating through all the soft parts, exposing the bone and dividing the tendons of the ring and little finger—I stitched up the wound b——yt he Magistrate's request, at Marylebone Police-court. I examined her and found a bruise of recent origin on her left hip, about three inches long by one inch wide—I think the wound would have been caused by this knife—it would have required very considerable violence to cause it—I don't see, from the position of the wound, how it could have been caused by the prisoner trying to get the knife in a struggle, because it was on the outside of the wrist, and of such an extent—if it were accidental it would have been a mere notch, and not so long or deep—in my opinion it was deliberate—most likely the bruise I examined would have been caused by a kick.

JOHN GODFREY (83 X). About 11 a.m., on January 10th the prosecutrix came to me and made a statement, in consequence of which I arrested the prisoner, and told him I should take him into custody for stabbing his wife—he said, "I won't go to the station with you"—I said, "You will have to," and he came to the station—he said, "I did not do it"—when the charge was made at the police-station he said, "Oh, that will do."

The prisoner, in his defence, denied that he had used violence to his wife; and stated that the cut was caused accidentally when he was trying to take the knife from her.

GUILTY of unlawfully wounding.— Fifteen Months' Hard Labour.

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