A wife's sad plight

Hertfordshire Mercury, 25th January 1913


At the Petty Sessions in Hitchin on 21st January 1913, James Monk, of Charlton, was summoned to show cause why he should not be bound over to keep the peace towards his wife, Polly Monk, whose brains he threatened to bash out with a shovel.

Giving evidence Mrs Monk stated that she had five children, aged from seven months to thirteen years. ¬†On the night of January 16th, owing to the defendant’s threats, she had to leave the house at 12.30 (midnight) with her two youngest children and walk the streets until 5 o’clock in the morning. It was a soaking wet night, and she was wet through.

Sergt. Birch spoke of seeing Polly Monk and her children in the Market Place in the early hours of the morning, and to sending a Constable with her to see the husband.

The defendant denied that he had used the threats or to having turned her out of the house.

The Bench, however, bound him over for six months.

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