Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 25 September 2023), October 1891, trial of JOSEPH BRESCHER (26) (t18911019-791).

JOSEPH BRESCHER, Breaking Peace > wounding, 19th October 1891.

791. JOSEPH BRESCHER (26) , Feloniously wounding Lottie Jones, with intent to murder; Second Count, with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

MR. HORACE AVORY Prosecuted, and MR. A. GILL Defended.

LOTTIE JONES . I am an unfortunate—I live at 79, Pennington Street, St. Giles's—I have known the prisoner for the last three years—I have not lived with him—I have lived in the same house—on 19th September I went into the Swedish Flag public-house several times" in the evening—the prisoner was there—I had had two or three glasses of ale—I was not very much the worse for drink, I might have been a little—I left when the house closed at twelve, and went home—I don't know whether the prisoner was home—I remember nothing after I got home.

JOHN MULLER . I am manager of the Swedish Flag—I know the prosecutrix and prisoner as coming there—on the night of 19th September the prosecutrix was in the house three or four times, the last time was about a quarter to twelve—the prisoner was there from about eight upwards—the last time the prosecutrix came in the mistress refused to serve her, and told her she had had sufficient—previous to that, about ten, the prisoner asked her why she was spending her money with those who would give her nothing when she wanted it—she told him to mind his own business—at closing time they left together, he went first and she followed, and he turned his head and said, "I will give you something when I get you home"

JOHN MILLER . I live at 79, Pennington Street, St. George's—the prisoner and the prosecutrix lived in the same house—on 17th September I saw the prisoner come in about one, and prosecutrix came in about half an hour after—I heard her go up to her own room, the second floor front—I did not see which room the prisoner went to—about five minntes after she had gone up, the prisoner came down, and said, "Will you go up and see?"—he then passed out into the street—I went up into Jones' room, and saw her lying in a pool of blood on the floor—I fetched the police—this chopper (produced) is mine—about four that afternoon the prisoner had chopped some coke for me with it—the wooden handle was then on it.

ROSE MCCARTHY . I am the wife of John McCarthy, of 1, Breeze Hill, St. George's; that is next to 79, Pennington Street—I know the prisoner and prosecutrix; I have often heard *****them quarrelling—on 19th Septemtember, between a quarter to one and one, I saw her come home; she was not sober; she bid us good-night at the corner—about five minutes after she had gone in I heard screaming and a crash, and the prisoner came running down the steps; he put his foot on one step, and turned back to the house—he said something in his own language, and ran up the street—I went in and saw Jones sitting in a chair upstairs—the police were then there.

SARAH ANGELO . I live at 1, Breeze Hill—on 20th September, about half-past one, the prisoner fetched me, and I went up to Lottie Jones' room—I found this chopper by the washstand, and the handle by the fire place; there was blood on the blade—I handed it to the police.

WILLIAM FLUISTER (H 373). I was called to the house early in the morning, and in the second floor front room I found the prosecutrix lying on the ground in a pool of blood; she was in a semi-conscious state—I bathed her head; she rallied, and I assisted her to the Police-station—Angelo afterwards handed me this chopper; there was blood on the head of it.

HERBERT REYNOLDS (H 291). At one in the morning of 20th September the prisoner came to Leman Street Station, and said, "I wish to give myself into custody for murdering a woman in St. George's; I don't know whether she is dead or not"—the inspector took charge of him.

WILLIAM CORSBY (Inspector H). I was at the Leman Street Station when the prisoner gave himself up—he said he wished to make a statement—I took it down, and he signed it. (Read: "I am going to give myself up to-night. I hit some woman, and very likely killed her, at 79, Pennington Street; I shall not say any more. ")—the prosecutrix also made this statement in the prisoner's presence: "I cannot account for

the injuries I received, but I suppose it was caused by some man who wanted me to go home with him, and I refused because he had no money. I know the man by sight; he is a tall fellow. I left home at ten, and I believe I stayed there till the house closed; I had several glasses of mild-and-bitter."

PERCY JOHN CLARK . I am assistant divisional surgeon of police—on 20th September I examined Lottie Jones at the police-station—I found her suffering from three contused wounds at the back of the head, two on the left side and one on the right, and one incised wound of the right eye down to the bone—they were all serious wounds—considerable violence must have been used to inflict them; they might have been caused by the head of this chopper—I saw it at the Police-court there were bloodstains on it.

The Prisoner, in his statement before the Magistrate, and in his defence, said that he teas drinking with four or five men in the public-house, and then sat down, and remembered nothing else till he was in the Police-station.

JOHN MULLER (Re-called). I did not consider he was drunk—I saw him up to near closing time; he was. there from a little after eight—I served him five or six times with mild a'e.

GUILTY on Second Count. Eighteen Months' Hard Labour.