It's all wrong !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 8th April 1916


At Buntingford Petty Sessions on Friday, William Manning, a dealer from Norfolk Road, Buntingford, was charged with using obscene language, on the highway, on the 26th March.  The defendant asked for the case to be adjourned as he wished to bring 3 witnesses.

P. Sgt. Bavister said that he had called at the defendant’s house regarding a parcel that the defendant’s daughter had found in High Street, Buntingford the previous night.  The defendant, standing on his doorstep, then made use of filthy and disgusting language, and that there were children about.  The officer then handed a written copy of the language to the Bench who then showed it to the defendant who said  “It’s all wrong; I never said no such thing”.  P.C. Mapley, however, corroborated the previous officer’s evidence.  The defendant admitted that he was a little bit excited, but that he had never used the language stated.

The Chairman warned the defendant that interruptions in a rude fashion only prejudiced his case, but advised that, as there was conflict in the evidence as presented, he therefore had to adjourn the case to allow each side to produce witnesses.

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