EDWARD PULLEN.
20th September 1869
Reference Numbert18690920-851
VerdictGuilty > lesser offence
SentenceImprisonment; Miscellaneous > sureties

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851. EDWARD PULLEN (56) , Unlawfully assaulting Maria Pullen. (Seepage 485.)

MR. F. H. LEWIS conducted the Prosecution; and MR. MONTAGU WILLIAMS the Defence.

ANNIE FREDERICKS . I am the wife of Henry Pullen, and live at 38, Great Wild Street—the prisoner, Maria Pullen, and their niece, Mary Pullen, lived in the same house—I heard something about the birth of a child—Maria Pullen made some communication to me at my shop door—after that the prisoner and his niece came and fetched her, and said, "Come down stairs, and have some tea"—shortly after that I heard screams, in a female voice—I went down into the kitchen, and found the prisoner's wife lying on the floor, by the fireplace—she said, "Pullen has knocked me

down"—I picked her up—her eye was black the next day—it was not black when I was talking to her at the shop door—the prisoner said that she would hang him with her tongue—from what she said, I made a communication to the police—I had lived in the house a month—I had heard noises before.

Cross-examined. Q. Had the wife been drinking? A. Yes—I saw that plainly—I had not given her anything—I did not say anything to her about being drunk—I had seen her drunk before.

MR. LEWIS. Q. Did you understand what she said to you? A. Yes.

MARIA POLLEN . I am the prisoner's wife—I lived in the same house with him—I do not recollect saying anything on this Saturday night about the birth of a child—I was not aware of it—I recollect going into the kitchen with my husband—he has been a good man to me for many years—I deserved it—he pushed me, and I fell down, through me not keeping the pledge—I never remember my husband saying anything about being hung for me—I don't recollect this afternoon—I remember the next day—there was a slight mark under the eye; it knocked against the chair—it was not black the next day—there was only a slight mark—I have complained about my husband when I have been drunk, and have said I wished he would not be so cross—I have not complained of him frequently beating me—I don't recollect saying to Mrs. Fredericks, when she asked me what was done with the child, that I was afraid to tell, for I was so dreadfully ill used—nothing of the kind; I was not ill used—I did not tell her that my husband and niece slept together, and I tolerated it because I was so afraid of him, or that I was pulled out of bed by my hair—it is not true; such a thing was never done—I was intoxicated on this day—I broke the pledge, and that was the cause of it.

Cross-examined. Q. Had he a great deal of work to do? A. Yes—that was the day I got drunk—I was very drunk.

GUILTY of a common assaultTwelve Months' Imprisonment, and after-wards to find security in the sum of 25l. to keep the Peace for Twelve Months.


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