28th February 1881
Reference Numbert18810228-308
VerdictsNot Guilty > unknown; Not Guilty > no evidence

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308. ELEANOR MYERS (23) . Feloniously casting and throwing corrosive fluid upon Madeline Birks, with intent to injure her.

MR. RIBTON Prosecuted; MR. A. B. KELLY Defended.

MADELINE BIKE . I am an unfortunate girl—I did live at 5, Rich Street, Limehouse; I am now living at No. 3—I have known the prisoner about three years—she lives in Nelson Court, about two minutes' walk from me—I have been away from London for a long time—on the 28th January, about 20 minutes to 10 at night, I came out of the Eastern Hall, in the West India Dock Road, and was between there and the Oporto—I can't speak positively to the time to a few minutes, but it was between 20 minutes and half-past 10, for I was at home by half-past—as I passed along I saw the prisoner standing under a lamp outside the Eastern Hotel—I did not speak to her—I am quite sure it was her—I felt some liquid thrown over me—I did not know what it was—it fell over my ulster and bonnet; none of it touched my face—I believed at the time it was water, or some slush—it was a snowy night—I walked home, and took off my things as usual—about 2 o'clock I went to brush them, as they were muddy, and then found they were marked all in yellow spots—I had had a quarrel with the prisoner before this—she had used violent language to me several times—she had told me she would strike me, and do one thing and another to me—I lived in her house, at one time—she keeps a house of ill fame—I took my ulster and bonnet to Mr. Hatfield's, a chemist, and asked him what it was.

Cross-examined. I said before the Magistrate that this occurred from a quarter-past 10 to half-past 10; I could not say positively—I first knew the prisoner three years ago—she threatened me then—of course we are not friendly—we do not speak—there was no one with me on this occasion—I was near the edge of the pavement, and she was standing underneath the lamp—I did not stop to look round—another woman was with her—I did not get up till late the next morning—it was about two, or half-past, when I brushed my clothes—there was some one with me that night—he went out—there was no other young woman living in the same room with me.

Re-examined. The last time the prisoner threatened me was about five weeks ago—I distinctly saw the prisoner's face when she threw this at me—I believe the woman who was with her was Lizzie Earle.

MARIE JORDAN . I live at 5, Rich Street, Limehouse—I am an unfortunate girl—I do not know the prisoner—I have known Madeline Birks for three years; we both came up from Liverpool together—on the Thursday night, from nine to half-past, I was in the West India Road, and saw the prisoner standing under the lamp with another young girl—she said "Where is Milly?" meaning Birks—I said "I don't know where she is at present, but I think she is at home"—Milly passed the Eastern public-house, and the prisoner said "I have a good mind to go after her now, to beat her"—I said "What do you want her for?"—she said "I have got some old aggrievance to deal with her; I don't forget her for three years ago; I have got an old quarrel to pick with her"—I said "Why don't you go and tell her that? don't tell me"—she said "Well, if I don't tell her that, I will do something else to her; I will leave her for an hospital case, and not fit for anybody to look at her, if I live for 20 years"—I said "It has nothing to do with me; I like to tell a woman to her face, not go behind her back"—she said "I have a good mind to go after her now, she is passing the Eastern Hotel; but, never mind, I will pay her a different road."

Cross-examined. The prisoner was a perfect stranger to me when she

came up and said this—I had never spoken to her before—I and Milly live together in the same house, but different rooms.

EMILY CLELLAN . I am a girl of the town, and live in Rich Street—I have known the prisoner about two years—on Friday night, between nine and ten, I saw her in the True Briton beerhouse—she said "Have you seen Milly?"—I said "Yes; she is down home"—she said "I want to see her on some old aggrievance"—she was in the tap-room, with her husband, up to about 10 or half-past—Annie Nutter, who was with me, left about 10.30—the prisoner did not leave then—I was with her for about an hour after that, or a little more—she was with me all that time—I heard on the Saturday of the vitriol being thrown—it was on the Friday night that the prisoner asked me this question.

Cross-examined. I did not notice the prisoner leave the house—I was in and out of the room, but not out of the house.

ANNIE NUTTER . I am a girl of the town, and live at 5, Rich Street, Limehouse, in the same house as the last witness—on a Friday night, a month ago, I was with her in the True Briton—I went there about 9 o'clock, and left about 10, or five minutes to 10—the prisoner came in directly after me, with a pail in her hand, for some water—we drank together—she merely asked after the prosecutrix—she said if she did not keep her tongue off of her she would pay her—I left her and her husband in the tap-room, about 10 minutes to 10—she did not go out at all during that time.

Cross-examined. When I came out I left Clellan there—the prisoner looked as if she had been washing—she came in in her body and skirt, but no shawl on—we treated her, and she treated us.

GEORGE HATFIELD . I am a chemist, in Commercial Road, Limehouse—the prosecutrix brought a bonnet and ulster to my shop, and asked me what I thought it was that was thrown over them—it was undoubtedly vitriol—several holes were burnt in the hat and ulster—if it had touched her eyes it would have blinded her.

GEORGE CLANFIELD (Policeman). On Saturday, the 29th, the prosecutrix made a complaint to me, and I went that same night to the prisoner's house—I told her the charge—she said she did not do it; that she was washing up to 9 o'clock, and, after 9, she spent the evening at Mr. Lane's, the True Briton beerhouse, and about 12 she went to the Eastern Hotel for some spirits, and that she had two witnesses to prove it—I know the lamp-post at the Eastern Hotel; it is about 200 yards from the True Briton.

Witnesses for the Defence.

MARK LANE . I keep the True Briton beerhouse—I know the prisoner and her husband, by seeing them backwards and forwards at my house—they were there on Friday night, the 28th, from a few minutes before 10 till 20 minutes past 12—I am Sure she was not out of the house five minutes—I did not miss her at all—I was in my bar and parlour all the evening—she was in front of the bar, and in the latter part of the evening, in the tap-room—I saw Clellan and Nutter there that evening, about 10.30—I could not say when they came in.

ELIZABETH GOLDING . On Friday night, 28th February, I was in the True Briton—I saw the prisoner there at 120 minutes to 10—I left about 20 minutes past 12—the prisoner was there all that time, with her husband—I

am positive she never left the house during that time—there is a clock over the bar—I live in the same house with the prisoner.

NOT GUILTY . There was another indictment against the prisoner for a common assault, upon which no evidence was offered.

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