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144919'1915 paper copy 'Picture by Neil Silk'05/12/14
144919'1915 paper copy 'Picture by Neil Silk'05/12/14

1915 Police Court

At the Borough Police Court today, before the Mayor, Mr CC Graham, in the chair, and Mr AJ Tugwell, James Simpson, 38, of 7, Lott’s Yard, St Thomas Street, was charged with unlawfully wounding Louisa Lund on the 7th March, whilst Arthur Ernest Lund, 44, of 8, Lott’s Yard, St Thomas Street, was charged with unlawfully wounding James Simpson on the same day.

Mrs Lund picked something up off the dressing table and threw it at Simpson

Simpson and the woman Lund both appeared in court with their heads in bandages.

Mr J Whitfield appeared for the defendant Simpson.

Louisa Lund had not been on friendly terms with the prisoner Simpson. On Sunday last a Mrs Juby, a neighbour, came into her house and asked her to go out with her. They went out together to the “Equestrian”, a public house in St Thomas Street. Her husband at that time was in the house. She recognised the prisoner Simpson’s voice in the next room at the public house.

When Simpson afterwards saw them he wanted Mrs Juby to treat him. They later saw Simpson at his house. He used some objectionable language, and did not want her there. He began to throw things about. He hit her on the head with a mug.

By Mr Whitfield: She had not been drinking heavily for the past four years.

By Mr Whitfield: She was not drunk on Saturday night.

In reply to Mr Whitfield witness said she was not disturbing the neighbours until three of four o’clock on the Saturday morning.

Mr Whitfield: It would be very unpleasant for Simpson, who lives next door to you. Did he not tell you on Sunday to go out and that he wished to have his home to himself?

Arthur Ernest Lund, the husband of the last witness, said his wife was addicted to drink. She was just about drunk on Saturday night, when he got home about twenty minutes to eleven. Both Mrs Juby and his wife were the worse for drink when they returned home on Sunday afternoon. Both the women went next door, and shortly afterwards Simpson returned. He heard Simpson tell someone they had better go out of the house. Witness then heard some pots being thrown. His wife came into his house with a head wound. She took up the poker and mumbled something. He took the poker from his wife.

Mrs Beatrice Juby denied that she and Mrs Lund were the worse for drink on Sunday afternoon. He ordered Mrs Lund out of his house, but she told him it was not his house. Mrs Lund picked something up off the dressing table and threw it at Simpson.

Dr Hutton, the police doctor, said the woman Lund had a wound on her head. She was drunk and incapable. Sergt Nalton said he found the woman in St Thomas Street, he took her to the police station, and afterwards arrested the prisoner Simpson. Mrs Lund’s husband had hit him on the head with a poker.

Mrs Lund had been in his house, and thrown pots all over the place. He produced portions of a mug and a plate which he found in Simpson’s house. Mrs Lund was drunk, Simpson was drunk, and Mr Lund was sober. At this stage the Court adjourned for lunch.