13th January 1896
Reference Numbert18960113-159
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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159. WILLIAM MOODY (40) , Feloniously assaulting Francis Lynch, with intent to murder him.

MESSRS. BURNIE and KYD Prosecuted.

FRANCIS LYNCH . I am deputy at Thompson's lodging-house, 4, Great Peter Street, Westminster; I know the prisoner by sight—on November 9th, about midnight, I had to go to a house in St. Ann's Court to ask a woman for some keys which I had given her in the morning—she was supposed to leave them in the letter-box at night—I knocked at the door; the prisoner, who was standing in the doorway, asked what I wanted—I said I was there on business; he took up a can and said he would knock my brains out—I asked him if he wanted to fight; lie lifted the can up and I knocked him down—he rushed at me; I struck him again, and we both fell—

I believe I was on top at first, but we rolled over and he got on top of me—I got stabbed, but I did not see the knife—he got up and ran away, and I got up—some men and women were there—next morning an inspector came with the prisoner, and asked me if I knew the man; I said "Yes"—the prisoner said, "You have made a mess of me"—I have come from the hospital to-day—I had five wounds, one over my heart, one on my abdomen, one on my side; my life was despaired of for a fortnight or three weeks.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. You very likely said in the court "Halloa! what the hell are you doing there?"—and very likely I said "Mind your own b——business"—I was down hop-picking last season—I did not say, "Stand out Knobby, this is an old grievance of mine, and I am going to have it out," I never saw you in my life before—my fore head did not come in contact with a brick-wall.

Re-examined. I go by the name of Darkey—I was sober.

ANNIE NOBLE . I am a tailoress, of 7, St. Ann Street, Westminster—the prisoner lives in the same house—on November 9th, about midnight, I saw Mrs. Lynch standing in the passage, and the prisoner in the door-way—I heard Lynch say, "Now, Moody, be a man; this is an old grievance" I went upstairs, and saw a man carrying a lamp—he said, "Do you know who has done this?"—I said, "Yes"—I saw him taken away—Knight handed him a lamp, and he went up the passage—I saw this small knife picked up; it was shut.

ELIZA AVES . I am a laundress, and live in the same house as the last witness—on November 9th, at twelve p.m., I was with her at the bottom of St. Ann's Court, and saw the prisoner there—Mr. Lynch came down the court, and the prisoner said, "What do you want here? You do not live down here"—Lynch said, "I came for the keys"—the prisoner said, "What f—keys, you have got a f—white shirt on; I will make it red before the morning"—Moody picked up his chesnuts, and the prisoner said, "Now, Mr. Moody, be a man, come into the road"—I ran away.

MARGARET NASH . I am a bottle-washer, of 4, Laundry Yard, Westminster—on November 9th I was in this court, and saw the prisoner with a chesnut can in his hand going to strike Lynch with it—they had a few words, and he up with the chestnut can; Lynch struck him, and they both got down on the ground, and the prisoner pulled out a knife and stabbed Lynch twice—he was on top of Lynch—Lynch said to me, "I am stabbed"—I said, "Yes, I know you are"—he was bleeding very much and was put in a cab and taken away.

Cross-examined. I am married, living apart from my husband—I am not living with Knight. I have an old lady living with me.

JOHN KNIGHT . I am day manager of Mr. Thompson's lodging-house, Great Peter Street—on November 9th, at twelve o'clock, I was in St. Ann's Street and saw Darkey struggling with the prisoner on the ground, the prisoner was on top and I saw him lift his hand and stab him twice with a knife like this—I ran to fetch a constable, and when I went back the prisoner had gone upstairs—I went up and the constable behind me—I then got a lamp and found this knife shut up; I gave it to the constable.

Cross-examined. A new lodger must be shown the way to his bed the first time—they have boxes—they cannot enter without a key.

RODERICK MCKENZIE (97 A). On November 9th, about twelve p.m., I heard a police whistle, and went to St. Ann Street and found Lynch lying in the middle of the road bleeding very much from wounds in his abdomen and chest; he was unconscious; I got a cab and took him to the hospital—Knight handed me this knife shut up—I could not see any blood on it, but it was rather dark—I took it to the hospital.

HENRY NEW (566 A). On November 9th, about 12 o'clock, I went with another constable to the top floor of 7, Ann Street, and found the door fastened—I asked the prisoner to come out; he did so, and came downstairs—I said, "You are charged with stabbing"—he said, "I am innocent"—he had blood on the knuckles of his right hand.

WILLIAM CHEYNEY (Inspector A). On Sunday morning, November 10th, I took the prisoner from Rochester Row Station to Westminster Hospital, and told him he was going to see Lynch; he said "All right, I had had a drop of drink, and in having a fight with him I stuck a knife into him"—as soon as Lynch saw him, he said, "That is the man who stabbed me; I went to get the keys for a woman who worked for me; we had a bit of a box up, and when he got me down he knifed me."

SIDNEY TIPPETT . I am senior house surgeon at Westminster Hospital—on November 9th, about 12.15, Lynch was brought to me, bleeding very profusely—he was unconscious—he had a wound in the upper part of his chest, gaping wide; it went into his chest, in the direction of his heart—there was another wound on his abdomen, two inches long, upwards and inwards; it went under the skin, but did not penetrate the cavity of the abdomen; a wound on his side, three or four inches long, and one on his temple, which may have been caused by a fall, if he struck his head against something sharp—the five wounds could have been inflicted with this knife—his condition was dangerous; we did not think he would live through the night—he has been in the hospital ever since.

The Prisoner in his defence stated that Lynch attacked him, and they fought and felly and in the excitement he forgot that he had the knife in his hand, which he was using to cut a splint for his chestnuts. He denied saying that he would make Lynch's white shirt red, and said that Haynes did not say so before the Magistrates.

GUILTY .— Five Years' Penal Servitude.

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