Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 30 September 2022), September 1909, trial of JONES, William (24, labourer) (t19090907-45).

WILLIAM JONES, Breaking Peace > wounding, 7th September 1909.

JONES, William (24, labourer) ; feloniously causing grievous bodily harm to Frank Rhodes.

Mr. Purcell, who prosecuted, intimated that he would put the case as one of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

FRANK RHODES , labour master at the Strand Union, Edmonton. On August 3 I was in the room where prisoner (an inmate of the union) was working. I asked him what he meant by his conduct on the previous Monday; he replied, "What the hell is it to do with you"; I told him he had better see the master; lie said he did not care a b——about the master; he went on, "I will knock you rab——head off with one of those weights," attempting to pick up a weight from the floor. I pushed him away. He slipped out into the yard and picked up a chopper (produced); he said he would chop my b——head off. I walked away from him; I heard his footsteps behind me; I turned round quick and he was just in the act of striking; I caught the chopper on my arm and prevented the full delivery of the blow, but I was stunned and fell to the ground; prisoner got on top of me and punched and kicked me and bit my fingers. Assistance came and prisoner was arrested.

Prisoner cross-examined witness, suggesting that, in consequence of a quarrel prisoner had had with another officer of the workhouse, witness, a more powerful man than that officer, had been put on by him to annoy and assault prisoner; witness denied the suggestion.

REGINALD PEARSON , another labour master at the Union, who witnessed the assault and went to the rescue, corroborated prosecutor's account.

Sergeant ERNEST Cox, 88 N. On August 3, on being called to the Strand Union, I saw prisoner in the receiving ward struggling with prosecutor. I said to him, "I am going to take you into custody for the assault; are you going quietly?" He replied, "Yes, guv'nor; the f——g bounder has pulled my nose; I have had enough. "On the way to the station he said, "I expected some trouble this morning; I was going to get some tobacco last night; we are not allowed to have that; I saw the f——r there, and I put my fingers up to my nose I let go with the chopper; I wonder I did not knock his b——head off; the other chaps are a lot of b——curs; they set you on to a chap, and then wont help you when they see you are getting a good hiding; I have got as much as I give, only I don't show it."

FRANCIS EDWARD CANES , divisional surgeon, who examined prosecutor after the assault, described the injuries, which were consistent

with an assault with the chopper produced; considerable force must have been used; prosecutor is now entirely recovered.

Verdict, Guilty of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Sentence, 12 months' hard labour.