At Hertford Borough Sessions, William Moulding and George Dunnage, labourers, were charged with being drunk and disorderly in Railway Street at 11.05 p.m. on 16th January. Moulding pleaded guilty, and Dunnage pleaded not guilty.
PC Gatehouse and Sgt Hadder stated the fact of the case, and said that their testimony was supported by a separate witness, Horace Hughes.
The defendants said that 14 navvies had set about them and had jumped on their chests. The witness for the prosecution. however, said that there were no navvies present, and that all the trouble had been caused by one woman.
Moulding was fined 10 shillings or 7 days’ hard labour, and Dunnage, who also threw a brick at the Police, was fined 15 shillings or 14 days.
Time was applied for, but the Magistrates refused to allow it, and the defendants were removed into custody.
Elizabeth Cook, of Ware, a sister of Dunnage, was also charged with being drunk and disorderly, in Railway Street, on the same evening, and was fined 5 shillings.