24th October 1864
Reference Numbert18641024-983
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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983. ELIZA STICKS (20) , Unlawfully assaulting Margaret Dunn, and occasioning her actual bodily harm.

MR. KYDD conducted the Prosecution, and MR. DALEY the Defence. MARGARET DUNK. I live at 1, Elder-place, Elder-walk, Lower-road, Islington—I have known the prisoner by sight for some time—on the night of 18th September, about 11 o'clock, I was standing at my mother's door—the prisoner came up to me and struck me over the eye—I can't tell you what it was with—I was insensible—my brother and mother took me indoors—I am sure the prisoner is the woman who struck me.

Cross-examined. Q. Where does she live? A. No 28, Popham-street, the next turning to where I live—I was talking to a Mrs. Cunningham at the time—she is not here to-day on my part—I did not ask her to come—I don't know a person named Conelly—I never said she or anybody else struck me, except the prisoner—my brother was the chief witness, and he is dead—my mother was not present when the assault was committed—I heard the prisoner was at a christening that day—my mother helped to take this woman's hands out of my hair when we were on the ground—there were four women on top of me—I don't know who the other three were—I was insensible after I was struck—I only know what else occurred from what they told me—the prisoner is always insulting me wherever I go, and has torn my bonnet off and my ear-rings out of my ears.

NORAH DUNN . I live at 1, Elder-place, Elder-walk—on Sunday night, September 18th, I went up to my house and saw my daughter, the last witness, lying under this woman—I pulled her off and sent for my son, who is now dead and buried—her eye was torn, and all the flesh up on one side—I and my son took her to the station-house, and she had two doctors—this happened about 12—the prisoner had my girl's hair in her hand, and she gave me a blow in the face—I am quite sure it was the prisoner—I saw her quite plain.

Cross-examined. Q. Have you been a witness in another case in another Court? A. Yes, for my son—I saw a man knock him down, and he lived about three weeks after—he knocked him down before my feet three times—I know Mrs. Cunningham—I did not see her that night—I don't know who was there—I don't know the three other women—I know no one but the prisoner—I think there is one woman there who helped to knock her down, one of the witnesses—I don't know her name—the prisoner was in bed when she was taken—that was about two hours after the assault.

MR. KYDD. Q. How long have you known the prisoner? A. Not above twelve months—I have seen her passing up and down by my place.

GEORGE TAYLOR (Policeman, N 336). On 19th last month, at in the morning, I took the prisoner into custody.

Cross-examined. Q. You took her in bed? A. Yes—she got out of bed, and I took her to the station—it was from what Margaret Dunn told me—I saw her—she was bleeding from a wound over the eye—smothered in blood

over her face and eye—my instructions are to take prisoners immediately, if there are marks of violence—she said she had been in bed since 1 o'clock. MR. KYDD. Q. Did you observe whether the prosecutrix was sober? A. Yes, she was, and the mother also. Witnesses for the Defence, JANE CONELLY. I live at 8, Robin Hood-court, Shoe-lane—on Sunday, 18th September, I was with the prisoner—we went to a christening all together it Little Pearl-street, Shoreditch—me and her sister and a young man—we had some drink there—the prisoner was very drunk, and my sister took her home and put her to bed, at 28, Little Popham-street—I then went to look for her young man, and afterwards found him in Elder-walk, fighting with the prosecutrix's sweetheart, Bill Fieldy—her brother then came up, stripped himself to his trousers, and fought the prisoner's young man—I said to Margaret Dunn, "You ought to be ashamed of yourself for letting your brother fight like that"—she called me a frightful name and hit me, and I hit her in return, and she and I had a fight—after it was all over, we went back to the prisoner's house—that was about ten minutes to 12—she was then asleep in bed with her baby—I left her a little after 10, and got back about ten minutes to 12, and she was in bed all that time.

Cross-examined by MR. KYDD. Q. What time did you go to the christening? A. In the afternoon—we began drinking after 5—I had taken a little drop, but not so much as the prisoner—I know the time when I went to look for the prisoner's young man, because the houses house at 11.

JOHN GRIFFITHS . I live at 1, Roberts-yard, Elder-walk—on Sunday night, 18th September, a little after 11, I was returning home, and saw a young man named Say wood very much intoxicated—he is the prisoner's young man—I followed him—he met Margaret Dunn's young man, William Fieldy—they had some words, and they commenced fighting, and then they were parted by the bystanders, and they then shook hands—Margaret Dunn's brother then came up, stripped all but his trousers and boots, and commenced fighting with Say wood—the last witness said Dunn ought to be ashamed of herself for letting her brother fight a drunken man, and she hit her, and Jane Conelly hit her again—I looked at the men, and then I saw Conelly and the prosecutrix on the ground together, struggling together, and pulling each other's hair—they were all in liquor.

Cross-examined. Q. How many were there there? A. About thirty people altogether, I should think—I had not been at the christening—I was perfectly sober—I never saw the prisoner at all that night—I did not see her that day anywhere.

MARY ANN DICKENSON . I live at 16, Elder walk—on Sunday, 18th September, from 11 to half-past, I met Margaret Dunn in Frog-lane—she asked me if I bad seen her brother Fred—I said, "No," she then went away—I went home, and saw two young men shaking hands, making up a fight—at that time Margaret Dunn returned with her brother, with nothing on but his boots and trousers, and he fought one of the men—I saw Margaret Dunn fighting with the young woman who has been examined here—the prisoner was not there at all


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