1 February 1902
ASSAULT AT LITTLEMOSS
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Monday,
Abram TAYLOR was charged with committing an assault
on a young woman named Edith LILLEY, residing
at Well Stile, Littlemoss, on Saturday night.
Superintendent HEWITT stated that the prisoner
some time ago worked at Messrs CRYER's mill, Littlemoss,
and lived at Littlemoss, and was therefore well
known in the neighbourhood. Miss LILLEY also lived
at Littlemoss, and on Saturday evening between
five and six o'clock she had been to a shop, and
as she was going home, she was attacked by the
prisoner and assaulted. He would ask for a remand
Complainant, Miss Edith LILLEY, gave evidence,
and said that on Saturday night she had been to
Mrs BUCKLEY's shop, and was returning along Lumb-lane,
Littlemoss, when she met the priosner, who assaulted
her. Superintendent HEWITT further stated
that when the assault took place complainant made
a noise and prisoner ran away. Complainant gave
information to the police, and prisoner was followed
and apprehended in Oldham. The Chairman
(to complainant): Have you known him previously?
Yes. The case was remanded until Wednesday.
Prisoner was again brought up on Wednesday when
the charge was reduced to one of aggravtaed assault.
Edith LILLEY said: I am a single woman, and reside
with my mother at Well Stile, Littlemoss. On the
night of the 25th inst, I left home to go to Mrs
BUCKLEY's shop, about a quarter of an hour's walk
from my home. On the way I saw the prisoner coming
behind me. He put his hand over my eyes and pulled
me on my back and twisted my shawl round my head
to stop me from screaming. I screamed as loudly
as I could, and he thrust his fist in my mouth
and tried to choke me. Prisoner: Speak the truth.
Continuing, witness said that prisoner tried to
drag her through a broken gate into a field. She
struggled and screamed, and her garments were
torn. She told prisoner she would give him anything
if he would let her go. He said, "Have you
any money?" and she told him she had a shilling,
and that she would give it to him if he would
let her go. When she screamed prisoner ran away.
She had known prisoner about 12 months, but had
never spoken to him in her life before. Witness
communicated to several persons what had taken
place, and also showed her torn clothing to the
police. Herbert H COLLIER, railway clerk,
residing at Lumb-lane, Littlemoss, deposed to
hearing screams, and on proceeding to the spot
saw the complainant and a number of people gathered
George LEECH, Lumb-lane, said he was in the house
when he heard a shout that someone had been trying
to strangle Edith. He threw a shawl over his shoulder
and ran along the road, but could not see anyone.
Prisoner said he had had some beer. He was innocent
of doing anything wrong. He happened to "bang"
into complainant, and she slipped. The Chairman:
It would be a shame to the country if respectable
women could not go about without fear of being
attacked by such ruffians as you are. You will
be committed to prison for four months' hard labour.
BREAKING INTO A HAT WORKS
At the Ashton County Police Court , on Monday, John
William WELSBY was in the dock charged with sleeping
out at Audenshaw, on January 27th. Prisoner
pleaded gulity. Constable WOOD stated that
at 12.15 that morning he saw the prisoner in the
fire-house belonging to the hatworks of Mr ASHWORTH,
Denton-road, Audenshaw. Witness took him to the
police station, and locked him up. The Magistrate:
Was he asleep? No; he was laid down.
Mr AINSWORTH stated that he went to the hat works
to feed the poultry, and saw footprints in the snow
leading to the stove house. On going to the stove
house he found the lock wrenched off and the door
left open, and someone had been inside and placed
a number of hat bodies left there to dry upon the
manhole lid of the boiler in order to sit upon them.
These hat bodies were spoiled. They had lots of
cases of this character. There was a great danger
from smoking in such a place, for if a person happened
to throw a match down a fire might occur immediately.
The Prisoner: I was not in that place; I have never
been inside it in my life. Superintendent
HEWITT stated that there were nine previous convictions
against the prisoner. The Bench sentanced
him to 14 days' imprisonment.
DRUNK. At the Ashton County Police Court
on Wednesday, a charge of drunk in King-street,
Hurst, on January 11th, was preferred against John
FEENEY and Mary FEENEY. The male prisoner
only appeared and pleaded guilty, and a fine of
5s was imposed in each case.
FINISHING UP OF A FAMILY SQUABBLE.
Albert LOWE was before the Ashton County Justices,
on Wednesday, and pleaded guilty to committing a
breach of the peace in Curzon-road, Hurst, saying
it was the finishing up of family squabble. He was
bound over in 40s to be of good behaviour for three
BREACH OF THE PEACE.John LEES was in
custody at the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday,
charged with committing a breach of the peace at
Hurst on January 5th. Defendant pleaded guilty,
and added that he was in his own house. The
magistrates bound defendant over in 40s to keep
the peace for three months.
DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES. A charge
of drunk on licensed premises, on January 13th was
preferred against Harry BROOMHEAD, at the Ashton
County Police Court, on Wednesday. Evidence
was given by a constable of defendant being drunk
at the Seven Stars Inn, Hillgate-street. Defendant's
father appeared and pleaded guilty. Superintendent
HEWITT said that there were nine previous convictions
recorded against defendant. The bench imposed
a fine of 10s and costs.
RECKONED SHE'D SWEAR A LAD'S LIFE AWAY.
At the Ashton County Poloce, on Wednesday, John
JONES was summoned by Phoebe GOODFELLOW for assault
on January 19th. Defendant pleaded not guilty.
Complainant stated that defendant came into her
shop, and asked her what she had to say about him.
He then commenced kicking her, and also hit her.
Defendant: Didn't I come into your shop for a packet
of cigarettes? No. Were not you and two or
three others drunk in the house? No; you have no
right to come into my house at all.
Eliza Wood deposed to defendant going into complainant's
shop, and using the words stated. Complainant got
up to put him out, but he would not be put out,
and struck compalinant in the face, and kicked her
in the leg. The evidence was corroborated
by a woman named TAYLOR. Defendant: I reckon
a woman like that would swear a lad's life away.
I did not hit her.
Defendant's wife said she saw complainant push her
husband out of the shop, and witness then got him
home. Defendant's mother said her son went
into the shop for some "tabs." Complainant
and others were all drinking. They were drunk nearly
every day, and knives were flying about. (Laughter.)
Complainant had a knife, which she threatened to
run through defendant's heart. Defendant was
fined 5s 6d, or costs, or seven days.
WATERLOO AND BARDSLEY
IT WAS A DONKEY, NOT A HORSE. An elderly
man, named Joseph ROBERTS, was before the Ashton
county justices on Wednesday, and when the charge
was put to him of "being such a distance from
your cart that you had no control over your horse,"
laconically replied, "It was a dinkey, sir,
not a horse." (Laughter.) Defendant
said he only went a few yards away, and whether
the lads had driven the donkey away he could not
say. Fined 2s 6d.
EVASION OF REFORMATORY SCHOOL DUES.
A sentance of fourteen days' imprisonment was passed
on William LEIGH at the Ashton County, on Wednesday,
who was summoned to show cause why he should not
be committed for arrears under an order made to
contribute towards his son, who is in a reformatory
school. Superintendent HEWITT said that defendant
was summoned on August 3rd, 1893, for the arrears,
and judgement made against him for £2 15s.
The contribution was 1s per week. He paid small
allowances until the boy was liberated on license
and the payments in that respect ceased to become
due. He had paid on the current amounts and had
paid on the other amounts until there was 14s due
and they had no alternative but to enforce this
judgement and ask for committal.
There was 17s owing up to the present time. He had
been paying at the rate of 1s 6d, and 2s a quarter,
but last quarter he had paid nothing, therefore
the Home Office had asked to press for a committal.
Defendant's wife appeared and said her husband was
in bed badly. He was a labourer and had not been
working much. Superintendent HEWITT added
that if defendant paid the money he would not have
to go down.
Edward DUNN was summoned for a similar offence.
Superintendent HEWITT stated that the defendant
owed £2 11s. Defendant said he had not
been able to pay. He was an outdoor labourer and
there had been very little work to do. He had been
barely able to get the necessities of life for months
past. Superintendent HEWITT said defendant
was a bricksetters' labourer and if he would leave
drink alone he could earn good wages. The amount
ordered to be paid was 1s 6d per week, but during
the last 12 months he had not paid anything. He
had been asked to press for committal. A sentence
of 14 days' imprisonment was passed.