At Hitchin Petty sessions on Tuesday, the adjourned case of Pte Frank Russell, 4th Glamorgan Battery, 2nd Welsh Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, at present stationed at Letchworth, again came before the Bench. Russell was charged with assaulting PC Theed in the execution of his duty at Willian on 03 April. At the previous hearing the prisoner pleaded guilty.
Though still suffering from the effects of the assault, PC Theed was able to attend on Tuesday, and he deposed that about 10 o’clock on the night in question he heard singing and shouting outside the Horseshoes public-house, and while proceeding to request the parties to be quiet he was struck a severe blow on the jaw with something. He fell heavily and was rendered unconscious. When he recovered, his jaw was badly swollen and he had a lump as big as a teacup on his head. He was taken home and attended to by the doctor. He was still on the sick list. He could not identify his assailant as it was so dark. The prisoner’s officer gave him a bad character. Describing it as a most unprovoked and brutal assault the Bench imposed a fine of two guineas or one month’s imprisonment, allowing a week for payment.