Alleged threats - Ware

Herfordshire Mercury, 20th January 1906


Adelaide Cooper of Crane Mead, Ware, was summoned for using threats towards her husband and children on 6th January.

The defendant did not appear and Mr H S Hawks, who represented her husband, said she had written a letter stating she did not intend to come to court.

All the trouble, he said, was due to the defendant’s drinking habits.  They used to live in Rye Park, but on account of the conduct of the defendant, they had to remove to Ware.  The complainant stated that he had four children.

On Saturday, 6th January, he went home and found his wife in bed and she commenced to abuse him.  She afterwards came downstairs and threatened to stab him with a knife.  He had once been stabbed by her.  She was so violent on the occasion in question that he had to hold her down and send for the police.

In the struggle he was struck in the eye.

He had no feeling against his wife, but wanted to put a stop to these disturbances.  Mr Hawks read a letter from the defendant, dated January 13th, stating that she would never again threaten her husband or children.  Complainant said she had made that promise before.

At this point in the case, after a consultation, the complainant went to see if he could get his wife to come to the Court, but as he had not returned by the time the remainder of the business was over Mr Hawks asked for permission to withdraw the summons. The complainant did not want to unduly harass his wife, and he certainly did not wish to send her to prison.

The case was therefore withdrawn.

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