At Hertford Borough Sessions on Thursday, Harry Raw, 34, of Green Street, labourer, was charged with assaulting Louisa Moulding, of Railway Street, on December 6. Mrs Moulding said the defendant came to her house drunk and nearly throttled her. He punched her most unmercifully, blacked her eyes, nearly broke her arm, and bashed her on the floor. She maintained three of his children, but he had not lived with her for a year. Supt Pear said the woman was in a terrible condition when she went to the police station and asked for police protection from the defendant. She was smothered in blood and her clothes were torn. The defendant did not deny the assault, but said that he was badly knocked about by Mrs Moulding and a Belgian who was lodging with her. He went to the house to take one of his children whom he found in the street. There were 15 previous convictions and the defendant was sentenced to 14 days’ hard labour.