Why Hoddesdon ?

Hertfordshire Mercury, 26th August 1916


William George Hilton, 28, of Alexander Road, Waltham New Town, pleaded not guilty to beating his wife, Elsie Hilton, on 8th August.

Mrs Hilton said that, at about 1.30am on 8th August, she had been asleep in bed with her baby.  Her husband had come home the worse for drink and had said “Come down and get me some supper”.  She said that she would not be coming down as she had been fast asleep.  Her husband then came to the bedroom, struck her three times giving her a black eye and bruising her arm.  As she was looking through the bedroom window, he had forced the window sash down on her neck and “..nearly cut her head off.”  He had also caught hold of the baby and plucked some hair out of its head.  There was now a bald patch on the child’s head.

Cross-examined, Mrs Hilton said that her husband was continually riding out with a friend to Hoddesdon, and that she had been suspicious as to what he went there for.

William Clarkhall, father of the complainant, gave corroborative evidence.

The defendant was fined 1 guinea, or 13 days.


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