A mad woman

Hertfordshire Mercury, 31st October 1914

Transcript

Ada Izzard, of Ware, was charged with being drunk in the town on 19th October.

Police Sergeant Firth said that he had received complaints concerning the defendant’s behaviour at the railway station at 10 p.m.  Subsequently, he saw her in the custody of a Constable, and she was then very drunk.

Police Constable Bignell said that he was obliged to take the defendant into custody at 11.15 p.m. owing to her conduct on the public roadway where she was creating a disturbance and causing a crowd to assemble.

Superintendent Handley said that the defendant’s husband came to the police station to complain of his wife’s conduct. Police were then sent to the home, but they were unable to quieten her.  This was not the first time the husband had made complaints to the police.  When taken to the police station, the defendant would not even sit down, and all through the night she screamed like a mad woman.  The defendant’s husband said that his wife had received a visit from a friend and had taken a drop of strong whisky to which she was unaccustomed, and thus brought her into the condition now reported.

The defendant admitted having a little drink, but thought her state was caused more by excitement.

The Chairman said that the story was discreditable to both husband and wife, and that the defendant must pay the costs and be placed under the probation officer for a period of 6 months.

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