Ambushed !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 17th October 1914



At Much Hadham Petty Sessions, Charles Hudgell (26), Arthur Warwick (26) and Albert Warwick (28), labourers, of Green Tye, Much Hadham, were charged with assaulting Herbert William Harrington, of Puddledock, Perry Green, on 3rd October.  Arthur Warwick did not appear, and was said to have joined the army.

The prosecutor said that he was returning home at 10 p.m., and when near Perry Green church the three defendants, who were waiting for him, came and assaulted him.  Hudgell and Arthur Warwick knocked him down, and afterwards Albert and Arthur Warwick put him into the ditch where Hudgell again knocked him about.  Albert said “He’s got enough”, and then he and Arthur took him home.

When he arrived home, he had to lie down.  He produced his coat which was covered with blood stains.

Arthur Trundell, of Perry Green, said that on the night in question he was going home with Harrington when the three men came out of hiding, clearly after Harrington.  Hudgell knocked him down, and then he and Arthur Warwick put him into the ditch opposite the church.  The witness went home before the affair was finished, Harrington being then in the ditch.

Edward Randell, also of Puddledock, corroborated.

Hudgell, in defence, said that Harrington kicked him first, and that he then hit back.

Police Constable Emerton said that on the Sunday morning the prosecutor came to see him and said that he had been badly assaulted.  His face was badly bruised and covered with blood, and there were blood stains all over his coat.

The Chairman said that all three defendants would have to go to prison for a month’s hard labour.

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