Domestic unhappiness ?

Hertfordshire Mercury, 26th March 1910

Hertford Borough Police Court


HERTFORD BOROUGH POLICE COURT – Monday, 21st March, 1910, before W. Burgess, Esquire.

George Betts of Port Hill, Hertford, was charged with assaulting his wife the previous Saturday.

Mrs Betts stated she was in Church Street on Saturday morning when the defendant followed her and from behind, struck her a blow which landed behind her ear.

Mrs Betts turned to her assailant and said, “Now you have done it.”

Mrs Betts said she had had a separation order imposed on her husband about two years previous to the assault and she was able to produce the order in court. In consequence of the assault, Mrs Betts said she had applied for a warrant.

Ps Palmer stated that he caught up with George Betts at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. When Ps Palmer questioned the defendant about the assault, Betts said he would gladly do it again and would like, “to knock his wife’s teeth down her throat.”

When George Betts was searched by the Police Sergeant, he was found to be carrying four knives on his person.

George Betts, who had denied he had struck his wife, was found guilty of the assault and was remanded in custody for twenty four hours.

On Tuesday, 22nd March, he was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment.

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