Thursday Flashback

At the Scarborough Police Court today, the story of a disturbance on Sandside, on September 2nd, was heard.

Joseph Kelly, the Bolts, was summoned by Robert Wm. Walker, popularly known as “Buff” Walker, of 2, Livingstone’s Yard, Longwestgate, for assault on September 2nd.

Mr C Royle, solicitor, appeared for Walker.

The dispute arose as to the purchase of some fish . Probably Walker outbid him, and thereupon Kelly assaulted Walker.

Walker, in the box, said he dealt at this time of the year in herrings and mackerel.

On the day in question he saw Kelly looking at some herrings and mackerel. Kelly had bid 5s and witness asked the men who were selling them: What do you want for them? “Six shillings” was the reply, and witness said that he would have them. Thereupon Kelly said: “You rotten...,” and he struck him with his fist in the mouth, and had others not been present he thought Kelly would almost have killed him. Witness had had to go to the hospital, and was being medically treated at present.

Mr Royle: How old are you? Fifty-five.

Proceeding, witness said that Kelly was much younger. Kelly hit him “so cowardly”, otherwise had he known he was going to hit him he might not have got away so easily.

He (witness) might have defended himself better.

The Mayor: He took you unaware?

Witness: Yes, or else I should, maybe, have been as good as him.

Mr Royle: Aren’t you saying too much?

Witness: Well, he is younger and stronger than me.

By Mr Whitfield: Witness did not use bad language, and he denied striking him first.

He never touched Kelly or spoke to him.

Richard Sellers, 14, Potter Lane, corroborated as to Kelly striking Walker first.

Mr Whitfield: Wasn’t Walker frothing at the mouth?

Witness: He often froths at the mouth when he’s upset (laughter).

Kelly, in the box, said that he bid 5s for the fish, and Walker bid 6s. Witness then walked away as he did not want anything more to do with the fish after he had bidden.

Walker, who was frothing at the mouth, then struck him in the eye. Witness fell, and Walker also went down. Walker had had a lot of drink. He denied that he had struck Walker first.

By Mr Royle: He had not, so far as he was aware, a reputation for being something of a fighter.

The witness Sellers had not told the truth in stating that he (Kelly) struck Walker first.

Witness tried to defend himself when he saw the state Walker was in. Witness was 20 years of age, but he would 
not pick a quarrel 
with Walker.

By Mr Whitfield: Walker had previously threatened him.

Fred Hick, aged 14, said he saw Walker get angry with Kelly, and strike him.

Walker struck first, when Kelly was not looking.

Mr Whitfield: What sort of language was Walker using?

Witness: “Obstruct” language (laughter).

Mr Royle: Kelly was a little cross at the time. Witness was sure Walker struck the first blow.

Tom Wilson, said he did not see the blow struck, but when he got on the pier he saw Kelly, whose face was bleeding walking away with his hand to his face. Walker was frothing at the mouth, and in his opinion “was neither sober nor drunk”.

The magistrates dismissed the case.