At Bishop’s Stortford, Frederick George Carter, a greengrocer, of Oak Street, Bishop’s Stortford, a Special Constable for Bishop’s Stortford, was brought up in custody charged (1) with being drunk and disorderly in Oak Street on Saturday night, (2) with assaulting private Harry Emslie of the 6th North Staffordshire Regiment, and (3) with assaulting Emma Carter, his aunt.
Police Constable Folly proved the first case, and Private Emslie stated that he was in Oak Street at 9:30pm when he heard the prisoner using disgusting language. As the witness passed an open door, he saw the defendant struggling with a woman who called to the witness for help. He went to her assistance and got her away, whereupon the prisoner kicked him in the chest and knocked him down and, whilst down, kicked him in the eye. Corporal Herbert Stanley corroborated.
Mrs Carter said that she was undressing the prisoner’s mother, who was an invalid, when he came home. He was in drink and attacked her, blacking her eye and tearing a quantity of hair (produced) from her head. But for the soldiers, she would have been killed.
The Bench sentenced the prisoner, who said he knew nothing about it, to 2 months for each assault and 1 month for drunkenness, 5 months in all. He was also struck off the list of Special Constables.