Temptation is a terrible thing

Hertfordshire Mercury, 19th August 1914

Transcript

Jane Dunnage, of Green Street, pleaded guilty to assaulting William Ruskin on the night of 5th August but said that she had been provoked.

The complainant said that whilst he had been talking to one or two other people, the defendant had come across and had struck him two severe blows on the cheek.  There was a mark on his cheek, and he had fallen and sprained his kneecap.  He said that he had given no provocation, but said that the defendant had an old grievance against him.

P. Sgt. Hadder said that he had received a complaint from Ruskin regarding the assault, and that he had seen the mark on Ruskin’s cheek which was “swollen and black”.  He went to see the defendant who, he said, was very excitable and swearing and “carrying on alarmingly”.

Mr Hudson Dixon, a further witness, said that the defendant was on probation and was a very difficult woman to deal with, especially on a Saturday night!  He said that she had lots of temptations, and a wretched home.  He could not conceive how the woman might have assaulted the complainant without provocation.

The Bench bound the defendant over for a further period of 6 months and ordered her to pay the costs of 5 shillings.

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