7th September 1909
Reference Numbert19090907-60
VerdictGuilty > unknown
SentenceImprisonment > penal servitude

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HOOLEY, Isabella (58) , feloniously throwing a corrosive fluid (sulphuric acid) upon Bridget Carey, with intent to do her some grievous bodily harm.

Mr. Warburton prosecuted.

BRIDGET CAREY , 55, Wells Street, Poplar. I have known prisoner all my life and have generally been on good terms with her. On August 13 we had a quarrel about some money she owed me. On August 14, just after five o'clock, as I was walking with Mary Pawling up Robin Hood Lane prisoner came towards me and said,

Biddy, I want to speak to you for a minute. I stepped to one side and she took a cup from under her cape and threw it into my face, saying, "Take that." I felt a burning sensation; I screamed out, 'I'm burnt: it's vitriol. I was taken to Poplar Hospital, where I was kept for a fortnight. I am still an out-patient. I gave prisoner no provocation whatever.

MARY PAWLING , who witnessed the assault, corroborated prosecutrix's statement.

Sergeant WILLIAM BRADLEY, K Division. On my charging prisoner, she said, "Thanks; that's good enough. She hurt me, and I hurt her. She has been persecuting me for a long time." At prisoner's house I found the bottle (produced): it had had vitriol in it; it has the label, "Poison—sulphuric acid." In Robin Hood Lane I found broken pieces of the cup.

GEORGE PALMER , assistant at an oil stores, proved the purchase from him by prisoner of a penny worth of vitriol, just before five o'clock on August 14.

Police-constable WILLIAM BAGNALL, who arrested prisoner, said that she admitted throwing the vitriol, saying, "She has hurt me and I have hurt her."

JEREMIAH GRACE , Divisional Surgeon, described the injuries; prosecutrix was badly burnt on the whole of the left side of the face, the neck, the ear, and the top of the cheat; permanent scars were left.

Prisoner, called on for her defence, made an incoherent statement about prosecutrix having abused and assaulted her. On August 14 she (prisoner) had been drinking all day.

Verdict, Guilty. The police stated that prisoner has not been in trouble before, but is very addicted to drink.

Sentence, three years' penal servitude.


(Monday, September 13.)

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