23rd June 1861

THE MAN WHO HAD HIS BRAINS KNOCKED OUT AND WANTS THEM MUCH

George Delamotte, a man of 73, having the manners and appearance of a gentleman, despite his mean attire, and described as a lieutenant on half-pay in the East Middlesex Militia, was charged with assaulting Charles Broad, of 87 Fenchurch-street, and threatening to stab him with a carving knife.

As he was being placed at the bar he commanded the gaoler with some indignation to take his hands off him.

The complainant said on the afternoon of Saturday the prisoner came to his luncheon-bar and called for a glass of ale, which he drank and paid for. He helped himself to some bread and cheese while witness’s back was turned, and then called for another glass of ale, for which he paid.

On being asked to pay for the bread and cheese he went to the further end of the counter, and taking up a carving knife which lay there, threatened to rip him up.

He aimed a blow at him with the knife, but a gentleman who came in at the moment, seized the prisoner by the elbows from behind, and prevented him doing further mischief. He then dropped the knife, but afterwards, on a policeman being called in to take him into custody, struck the complainant a blow in the face. He was quite sober.

The back of the prisoner’s head was covered with blood from a wound there, and on being asked how it was inflicted, he said, speaking in a gentle but rather incoherent manner, it was done at the police station, where language too atrocious for him to repeat in court was used towards him and he was thrown upon his back. He had been in the British army all his life, and had not been used to such violence.

The hole, he added, into which he was put at the station, was foul almost beyond endurance. He had lived with Turks and brigands for years, but was never in so loathsome a place as that in which he had spent the last two nights. It was really a disgrace to the country. He continued to say he was very subject to fits, and hoped the Court would be moderate and gentle with him.

On being asked by the bench if any surgeon had seen the wound on his head, he replied, with a patronising air, “Oh no. I am my own doctor; I have had my brains knocked out once.” (A laugh.) The prisoner was about to add something when the alderman put a stop to his narrative and gave directions for his being placed under the care of the prison surgeon.

DARING ROBBERY AND CHARGE OF RAPE

A savage looking fellow, who gave the name of George Batcheldor, costermonger, residing at 1 Hadan-place, St Pancras, was charged before Mr D’Eyncourt with being concerned with Robert Hawkins and John Flaherty, two ill looking fellows, well known to the police, in stealing a brooch, money and other articles of Ann Colewell, and also with feloniously assaulting her.

Miss Colewell, who is a servant at Colney Hatch, came up from that place on Monday morning last for a holiday, and when she arrived at King’s-cross she fell in with a gang of fashionably dressed thieves, who treated her to something to drink.

Unfortunately she went with them the whole of the day, and in the evening she went into a public-house with the prisoners and some of their companions and there had some beer. There she was seen to be robbed of her purse and parasol, and the parties who were serving her advised her to go home, as she was then the worse for liquor.

The prisoners and their companions then took her to a beer-shop and had some beer, and one of the witnesses said that the prisoner Hawkins took a bottle from a female, and pouring the contents into the pot gave it to the prosecutrix to drink. She did so, and immediately afterwards became insensible, and was then carried by the prisoner Hawkins and another man into a low brothel in North-place, St Pancras, one of the worst places in the parish and a perfect disgrace, cases of robbery being of almost daily occurrence there—the prisoner Flaherty leading the way.

As soon as they got into the house the window-blinds were pulled down, and cries of “Murder” being heard, the police were communicated with, and three police-constables succeeded in apprehending the prisoners. From the appearance of the complainant’s dress there could be no doubt that a serious offence had been committed, but nothing could be ascertained from her, as she was then and for some time afterwards in an insensible state.

She was examined by Dr. Hopton, of Judd Street, Brunswick-square, who, though not going to the extent of saying that a rape had been committed, said that violence had been used towards her.  Mr D’Eyncourt said that it was evident that the girl had been most sadly used.

All the prisoners were known to Police-constable Cook, 198 S, as the worst of thieves, and one of them had been previously convicted.

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