Henry David Shephard, of Crib Street, Ware, was charged with assaulting his wife on January 27th. The complainant stated that early on the morning in question the defendant pushed her out of bed and struck her with his belt; but she did not think he intended to hurt her. He had no work, and had not provided her with food for some time.
On Monday, January 29th, he struck her again. The Magistrates’ Clerk remarked that the witness had told a very much worse story to the police.
The defendant pleaded guilty, and was bound over to keep the peace for six months, and the Chairman severely reprimanded him on his general bad behaviour.