Assault on a policeman

Hertfordshire Mercury, 23rd March 1907


John Fitch, of Little Hadham, who had been remanded on bail, was charged with assaulting P.C. Milton on the 2nd instant.

The Constable stated  that he was at Clapgate, Albury, and had passed the defendant, when the latter without the slightest provocation asked the witness why he was following him. Defendant then struck him on the chest, and was most disorderly. He threw himself down, bit witness on the back of the hand, and tried to kick him. As he refused to walk, a trap had to be hired to convey him to the Hadham police station. The defendant, with great volubility, said he had walked from Manuden and was on his way home when the Constable threw him down and used him like a shuttlecock. On arriving at the station a knife was put in his mouth to see whether there was any money.

This strange evidence of the defendant was totally denied by the policeman.

The Bench convicted the defendant, considering that an assault had been made on the Constable. The Chairman said that as he had been two days in prison already, he would be sentenced to one day’s imprisonment, which would entitle him to be released when the Court rose.


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