A voluble defendant

Hertfordshire Mercury, 2nd October 1915


Arising out of the case at Stevenage Petty Sessions of a disturbance at Walkern, Ann Norman, the wife of Frederick Norman, was charged with obstructing P.c. Spencer in the execution of his duty.  She pleaded not guilty, and throughout the hearing of the case continued talking and pleading with the Bench, although threatened repeatedly to be put aside.  The evidence showed that while her husband was being arrested the defendant clung to his neck, and took hold of the handcuffs and threw them away.  In reply to the Bench the defendant said that she went with her husband to the brewer to pay the bill, it having been harvest month.  She was happy enough, and she only tried to get her husband away, just as any loving wife would.

After much consideration, the Chairman said: ‘Under the circumstances and in consideration of your great feeling for your husband and your great love and enthusiastic affection suddenly displayed for your husband, and on condition that you don’t talk any more, we will be lenient with you and dismiss the charge.  You can think yourself very lucky that you have come before a lenient Bench.’

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