28th July 1861

A SEAMAN STABBED

Margaret Caroline, aged 24, was brought before Mr Woolrych charged with assaulting and wounding Charles Woodin, a seaman belonging to the ship Charles Ward, lying in the City Canal.

The prosecutor, who was in a weakly condition from loss of blood, and whose left temple was covered with a large surgical plaster, said that he and a shipmate met the prisoner and another female, and they asked them for a treat. He paid for some liquor, and treated the prisoner, and his shipmate did the same for the other woman. They afterwards accompanied the two women to a house In Elbow-lane, Shadwell, when the prisoner began to rifle his pockets, and wanted to rob him of his money.

He shoved her away, and she took up a pair of scissors, and after using horrid oaths and imprecations, swore she would have his heart’s blood or his money, called him a son of a ____, and then stabbed him in the head with the scissors and inflicted a dreadful wound. He bled like a horse and fainted away.

Charles Hinner, a police constable, No.439 EL, said that he was called to an infamous house in Elbow-lane, and saw the prisoner there. She was a most savage and disorderly woman. She had the scissors in her hand brandishing them. He took them from her. They were covered with blood. The prosecutor had a deep hole in the temple, from which the blood was flowing profusely, and he conveyed him to a surgery.

Mr Woolrych commented on the atrocious conduct of the prisoner, who was a perfect fury. He sentenced her to pay a fine of £5 for the assault, and in default to be committed for two months.

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