Benjamin Cordwell, of Star Street, Ware, was summoned for assaulting his wife, Elizabeth. He did not answer the summons.
The Probation Officer, Mr Andrews, said that he had made enquiries into the case and had found the cause of the trouble. Mr Cordwell had another woman in his life, and that this other woman was taking the defendant away from his home night after night. Mr Andrews said that he had spoken to the parties involved and that, if the summons was allowed to be withdrawn, he did not think there would be further trouble. Mrs Cordwell said that she was willing to withdraw the summons.
The Bench decided, however, to allow the summons to remain on the defendant’s record for 3 months in order to see if he then decided to treat his wife any differently. If he did not, he would have to appear to answer the charges.