FRANK HALL, Breaking Peace > wounding, 19th November 1888.

Reference Number: t18881119-64
Offence: Breaking Peace > wounding
Verdict: Guilty > lesser offence
Punishment: Imprisonment > hard labour
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64. FRANK HALL (20) , Feloniously wounding Sarah Brett, with intent to murder. Second Count, with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

MESSRS. POLLARD and MEAD Prosecuted.

SARAH BRETT . I have been living with Thomas Onley, at 66, Hornby Road, Peckham—I have a son, a sailor, who arrived home on 3rd October, bringing the prisoner with him as a messmate—I allowed the prisoner to remain in the house, having board and lodging till 15th October, without payment; I treated him as my own child—on 15th October Onley and the prisoner went out together, and came home about three in the after-noon—I provided tea for them—Onley went out again and came home about half-past five, and then he and my landlord went out to have a glass—about half-past eight Onley and the prisoner came home together very drunk—Onley is 62 years of age—there were knives and forks on the table, including a carving knife—Onley said, "You b——old thing, I will let you know you are no wife of mine, and have no business here"—the prisoner said, "I mean to look after Mr. Onley, b——you and your son too"—I said, "It is quite sufficient for Mr. Onley to commence upon me without your interfering"—the prisoner gave me a smack on the left side of my face—I returned it, of course, and knocked him down in a chair, and said, "You scoundrel, you ungrateful villain! get out of the house; you don't lodge here to-night"—Onley said, "I will give you 10s.

to do a Whitechapel murder upon you"—then he went upstairs, leaving the prisoner with me—the prisoner then deliberately knocked over the lighted lamp and knocked me over likewise, and I felt his grasp on my throat, and I remember no more, only the knife across my throat—I ultimately found myself in the workhouse infirmary, where I remained till the 31st—I am not well yet; my throat is gathering now tremendously; I have had to go to the doctor—this is the knife (produced)—it was on the table.

MARY ANN FAYERS . I live at 60, Hornby Road—on the night of 15th October I was passing Mrs. Brett's house—her door was open, and I saw her standing in the kitchen and the prisoner standing in front of her—all of a sudden I saw the lamp knocked over and smashed—I could not see how it was done—the prisoner and Mrs. Brett were the only persons in the room—I spoke to some one who was passing by—shortly afterwards I saw the prisoner come out of the house—he said to me, "I don't want no row with them"—I said, "Why don't you go indoors and go to bed and take no notice of them—he said, "No, I am going on board my ship to sleep to-night"—I told him he was too drunk to walk up the ship's side—he was drunk—he began to unbutton his coat, and said, "Hold my coat, and if he hits her again I will knock his b——jaw in"—and with that he went in doors—and about five minutes after I saw Mrs. Brett's little boy, about seven—he came and halloaed through the keyhole of my door and called me—I came out and found Mrs. Brett lying in the gutter, bleeding from her neck—I assisted her, and then went home.

WILLIAM BRETT . I am a sailor—on 15th October I was visiting in the neighbourhood where my mother lives, and was fetched home about half-past nine—I found her in the gutter with her throat cut—I tied my handkerchief round her neck—a doctor was sent for, and she was sent to the infirmary—I went into the house and saw this carving-knife lying alongside of Onley, who was on the bed in the front room, drunk—there was blood on it—Hall was in the back room, drunk—on 23rd October I went to one of the cells at the Police-court, and saw Onley and Hall in the same cell in custody—I asked Onley if he knew anything about it—he said no, he was in bed and asleep at the time—I asked Hall what made him do it—he said he had no animosity whatever against mother—I asked him where he put the knife—he said he put it somewhere in the front room, but where he did not know—I know the prisoner's hand-writing—this letter is his.

MRS. BRETT (Re-examined). I received this letter by post. (This letter expressed his sorrow for what he had done, and stated that he did not know what he was doing at the time.) JAMES TAYLOR (Police Inspector P). About ten on the night of 15th October I went with two other officers to Hornby Road—opposite 66 I saw Mrs. Brett with her throat cut—there was a wound about four inches long—a number of persons were there—a surgeon was sent for; Mr. Munyard came—she made a statement to me as to who had done it—I went into the house, and found the prisoner in a back bed-room, partly dressed, helplessly drunk, lying on the bed—I found this knife in the front room; the prisoner said nothing about it—I examined it and found fresh stains of blood on it—he was detained at the station and Onley also—when the charge was read over, the prisoner said, looking at Onley, "You done it, and I will be a witness against you"—Onley

said, "I was in bed and asleep, and I know nothing about it"—Onley was discharged by the Magistrate, and the prisoner made an admission.

THOMAS MUNYARD . I am a physician, and practise in Southampton Street, Camberwell—on this night, about half-past ten, I was sent for to see the prosecutrix—I found her bleeding from a wound in the neck, about six inches long; none of the large vessels were severed; it was a clear cut wound such as might be caused with a knife; it was not dangerous in itself—I stitched it up and sent her to the Infirmary.

Prisoner's Defence. I know very little about it; I was drunk at the time. I had no reason for doing it whatever.

GUILTY of unlawfully wounding.— Six Months' Hard Labour.

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