Plain-clothes constable assaulted

Hertfordshire Mercury, 9th January 1926


George Albert Thompson (36), labourer, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault upon plain-clothes Constable, P.c. H.W. Akers, at Watford, on December 19, and his wife, Agnes Thompson (25), described as a servant, pleaded guilty to common assault on the same occasion.

The opening statement by Mr Tindale-Atkinson showed that the Constable disturbed the prisoners, who were sleeping in a motor-lorry. The man severely assaulted the Constable, and he was assisted by his wife.

The defence put forward by Mr Reabuza was that the male prisoner was so dazed with drink and sleep that he was not in the full state in which he could appreciate what he was doing.

Evidence was put forward to show that the medical officer of Holloway Prison had examined the female prisoner and considered her to be mentally defective.

Thompson was sentenced to four months’ hard labour and his wife to three months in the second division.



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