6 November 1888
Prince Albert Victor has been granted long leave of absence from his military duties, and will leave London on Saturday next for Copenhagen, to represent the Prince and Princess of Wales at the celebrations in honour of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the accession of the King of Denmark to the throne.
Walter Surridge, 23, described as a silversmith, was charged, before Mr. Biron, Q.C., with violently assaulting Ann Nunnery by striking and kicking her.
The prosecutor was passing along Lyndhurst-road on Sunday night, when the prisoner stopped her. After being in company some time she put out her hand and said she must bid him good night. The prisoner shouted at her upon this, and said, "I am Leather Apren." He then rushed at her and struck her several blows with his fist and knocked her down. As she attempted to rise he kicked her several times, hurting her very much.
A witness named Goddard said he came up and saw the prisoner assaulting the woman in a most brutal manner. Witness caught hold of the prisoner and prevented him kicking her again.
Police constable 98 P said he also saw the prisoner kick the woman before he could prevent it, and also knock her down.
The prisoner now said he was sorry for what he had done.
Mr. Biron sentenced him to two months' hard labour.
A labourer named James Curley, who said he worked on the South London Subway, was charged, before Mr. Slade, with assaulting Annie Tracey and threatening to rip her open with a knife.
According to the evidence of the prosecutrix, a dissipated-looking woman, she was going along Lant-street Borough, in company with another female, when the prisoner stopped them and asked them to treat him. Prosecutrix said she had no money, and then the prisoner kicked her three times, and pulling out a black-handled clasp-knife threatened to rip her open. She and her friend were greatly alarmed and screamed out "Police." A constable came and took the prisoner into custody.
The constable said the prisoner denied the charge and went quietly to the station. He was quite sober.
Detective-sergeant Brogan, M division, gave the prisoner a good character. A white-handled clasp-knife was found in his possession.
Mr. Slade discharged the prisoner.