4th March 1889
Reference Numbert18890304-315
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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315. JOHN HENRY GUHEE (33) , Feloniously wounding Rose Elizabeth Payne, with intent to murder her Second Count, with intent to do her grievous bodily harm.

MR. PAYNE Prosecuted.

ANNE HOLDING . I am the wife of Benjamin Holding, of 9, Rich Street, Limehouse—on 10th January, about 10.30, I was in Lilian Payne's room on the second floor, and the prisoner was there quarrelling with her; he was going to give her £6 for him to stop there—she said she did not want him, he was to go to his own lodging; he offered her the money again, and told her he would stop there—she said, "No," and he went to the fireplace, picked the poker up and beat her with it; I went out for Mrs. Forsyth, the gossip, to one of whose children Lilian Payne stood godmother—I have seen the prisoner and Payne together during the three months I have been there—I have been in her room, and done up her place while the prisoner was there, and I Have seen them in the street together.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I heard her say she did not want you any more, but she did not say she had engaged another man—you took us both to a public-house and gave us some drink.

----BALCOMB (Policeman K). On January 5th I was at the station when Foley brought Payne in at 10.50—she was bleeding from her throat, and I took her to the hospital—as I went out with her I met the prisoner at the door, and said to the sergeant, "That is him"—he said, "Yes, here I am."

WILLIAM BROWN (Police Sergeant K). I was with Balcomb at the station when Payne was brought in, bleeding from her throat and arms—I sent her in a cab to Poplar Hospital—the prisoner was outside, and Payne said something as she went out—he answered, "Yes, here I am"—I took him into custody—I knew him before—he said, "Yes, Mr. Brown, I did it"—he was sober—he wanted some brandy, and put 2d. on a desk, and I noticed that both his hands were smothered in blood, and his shirt was wet with blood—the charge was read over of attempting to murder her—he said, "I never thought I was going to kill anybody, she called me a son of a bitch, and a wh—, and a coney, and a bastard, and I took a razor and cut her throat"—I received this poker in this condition (bent).

WILLIAM DINNING (Police Inspector K). I went to 9, Rich Street, and found Payne's room in a state of disorder, and marks of blood on a sheet on the bed, and a pool of blood, two feet wide and nine inches long, in which were two pieces of a razor-handle; and in a pail of water I found this razor-blade and a portion of the handle.

ROSE ELIZABETH PAYNE . I am an unfortunate, and live at 9, Rich Street—on this night I went up to my room about 10.30, and Anne Holding came up behind me—I found the prisoner hiding in my room, and said, "You call yourself a gentleman, but I call you mean, to hide yourself in an unprotected woman's lodging like this"—he then offered me £6, and I told him to go home to his lodging—he then started beating me with a poker on my arms and body—he had been breaking my things on the previous Friday, because he accused me of stealing his watch and chain and money, and he offered me the £6 as a recompense—the poker was straight before this—I tried to take it from him, but during the struggle I fell down, and did not know my throat was cut till I felt him put his fingers in and pull the flesh down—he was kneeling on me then, and he got up and kicked me three times—I got out of the room and went to Mrs. Foley—I was twenty-eight days in the hospital—he is a ship's steward.

FREDERICK PRESTON . I am house surgeon at Poplar Hospital—the prosecutrix was brought there about 11 p.m., with an incised wound on her neck, nine and a half inches long from the right ear—it cut the sternal muscle on the right side, and came below her chin, which was much lacerated—that might be done by his putting his fingers into the wound—it did not cut into the larynx, or it would have killed her—it was dangerous, the anterior jugular vein was cut, but not the main vessels—there was a laceration of the scalp, four and a half inches long, cutting through all the tissues and wounding the bone; an incised wound of the left arm two and a half inches long; a confusion and a small wound on the left elbow; a wound cutting down to the bone on the left hand about two and a half inches long, and another wound on the left hand—they had all been inflicted with a sharp instrument, including the wound on the head—she was in danger for some time—great force had been used—if the inner jugular veins had been severed death would have been instantaneous.

GUILTY on the Second Count.— Five Years' Penal Servitude.

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