A squabble in the Yard

Hertfordshire Mercury, 3rd July 1915


At Hertford Borough Sessions Walter Cook, of Maidenhead Yard, was summoned for assaulting Harry Warren, on 20 June.  Harry Warren, a trooper in the Herts Yeomanry, said that on 20 June he was going down Maidenhead Yard when the defendant called him back and wanted to fight him.  The witness told him he did not want to fight, and the defendant, who was drunk, struck him in the mouth and made it bleed.  He reported the matter to the police.

Cross-examined, the witness denied that he wanted to fight.  Mrs Laura Hart said that the complainant pulled his coat off and threw his hat and stick down and wanted to fight.  The defendant then slapped Warren’s face, and he said he would make Cook pay for it.  The complainant: ‘This woman is telling lies.’  Elizabeth Cook, the defendant’s daughter, and Mrs Charlotte Adams, a neighbour, gave similar evidence.  PS Wright, who was on duty at the Police Station when the complainant reported the affair, said he had a swollen lip and his mouth was bleeding.  The Mayor said both parties would be bound over for six months to keep the peace, and would have to pay 2s. 6d. each towards the costs.  The defendant: ‘Thank you kindly, sir, God bless you.’

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