Punch (!) and Judy

Hertfordshire Mercury, 27th June 1914


At Hertford Borough Sessions, John Gale, of 75 Wellington Street, was summoned for assaulting and beating his wife, Jane Gale, on June 15th.  He pleaded not guilty.

His wife said that on the day in question the defendant had knocked her about with a stick, and had kicked her.  When he had come home, he had accused her of being drunk, which she was not.  The trouble had arisen because the witness had told their lodger to get alternative rooms, and her husband had not liked her turning the lodger away.  The witness then had to have a doctor to attend to her injuries.  In answer to the defendant, the witness said that she had not argued with him in the 2 hours prior to the assault.  The defendant then admitted that he had struck her.

Supt. Pear said that the defendant had been bound over once before for assaulting his wife.

The defendant was fined £1 or 14 days, and was bound over to keep the peace for 6 months.

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