Assault, certainly with intent

Hertfordshire Mercury, 19th December 1914

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At a special sitting of the Hitchin Bench on Monday, Noah Hill, a well known Luton character, was charged with assaulting PC Fordham in the execution of his duty at Kimpton.  The defendant pleaded not guilty.

Constable Fordham, stationed at Kimpton, deposed that he was on duty in High Street on Saturday night, at about 9:45pm, when he heard someone using filthy language.  He proceeded down the street and saw both the prisoner and another man.  The prisoner had said “You need not turn your light on me; you know who I am”.  The witness requested the prisoner to go home but, instead of doing so, the prisoner put himself in a fighting attitude and struck the witness a violent blow on the right cheek with his fist.  The witness seized him and the defendant became very violent, and indeed struck him several times.  After a prolonged struggle, the witness got the defendant conveyed to the lock-up.

The prisoner denied striking the Constable, and said that the officer would not let him go home, but just kept pulling him back.  He was remanded in custody.

At the adjourned hearing on the Tuesday, the prisoner, who had previously been convicted of a similar offence at Luton, was sent to St Albans gaol for 24 days.

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