Casual's vicious assault

Hertfordshire Mercury, 6th February 1926


Casual’s Vicious Assault – Ware Police Court

Alexander Watson (23), described as a hawker, of no fixed abode was charged with assaulting William Carter, an attendant at Ware Poor Law Institution, whilst in the execution of his duty. Defendant pleaded not guilty.

William Carter, the complainant, who appeared with a damaged eye, said that on Saturday morning, January 31, following a request by the defendant, who was a casual inmate of the House, to see the master, he had occasion to go to his cell in answer to his ringing of the bell, and directly he opened the door, Watson threw water in his face and then hit him in the eye with a mug.

Frank Ennis, another attendant, said he saw defendant strike Carter three times with the mug. He also hit witness.

Evidence was also given by Harry Dorrington, Master of the Institution, and by P.s. Cook, who arrested defendant.

Watson said somebody hit him in the face and he lost his temper and struck Carter with the mug.

The Bench sentenced Watson for six weeks’ hard labour.

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