He was drunk and abusive, but he wasn't a murderer

Hertfordshire Mercury, 23rd February 1918


At Cheshunt Petty Sessions, on the Wednesday, Thomas Falstead, a labourer, of Brookside Cottages, Flamstead End, was charged with having been drunk and disorderly in Church Lane, Cheshunt, on 16th January.

Police Sergeant White said that he had seen the man drunk and having an altercation with his wife, and Police Sergeant Feakes said that there had been domestic unhappiness between the couple who were now living apart.  When Falstead had a drop of drink, he usually went round to his wife’s house and created a disturbance.  Indeed, he had threatened to murder her, and it was in consequence of these threats that the police had paid special attention to the case.

The defendant was fined 1 guinea or 13 days’ imprisonment.

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