1 February 1902

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 until Wednesday.

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 about.

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.

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.

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 months.

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.

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.
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