WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1888
CLERKENWELL. - ASSAULT ON A DETECTIVE. - James Phillips, 37, and William Jarvis, 40, both cab-washers, were charged on remand, before Mr. Bros, with cutting and wounding Detective-sergeant Robinson, G Division, in Phoenix-place, St. Pancras, early in the morning of Tuesday, the 9th inst. Jarvis was further charged with assaulting and wounding Henry Doncaster, a private person, on the same occasion. - Mr. Keith Frith appeared for the defence. - The evidence given at the first hearing of the case was to the effect that at the time of the occurrence Detective-sergeant Robinson was on duty, disguised in woman's clothing, watching, in company with Detective-sergeant Mather, Mr. Doncaster, and others, a man whose actions had laid him open to suspicion in connection with the East-end murders. While so engaged they were attacked by the two prisoners. Robinson received two stabs in the face from Jarvis, and kicks in the arm and ribs from Phillips, while Doncaster was stabbed in the face and had his jaw dislocated. - The prisoners, who reserved their defence, were committed for trial, Jarvis on the charge of unlawfully wounding, and Phillips for assaulting the police. Mr. Bros consented to allow bail, two sureties in £20.
WORSHIP-STREET. - A DISGRACEFUL PARTNERSHIP - Joseph Scurler, 32, well dressed, and a young woman giving the name of Rose Scurler were charged with having been concerned together in assaulting John Dale, and attempting to rob him of his watch and chain. - John Dale, a leather dresser, of Collingwood-street, Bethnal-green, said that last night in the City-road he met the woman, who "started" speaking to him, and he left her. The man then came up, and knocked him down. Both of them were on him on the ground, and he felt his watch and chain pulled. The man hit him in the eye, and he screamed "Police" and "Murder." Two constables came up, and took his assailants into custody. - The woman, when asked if she wished to put a question to the prosecutor, made a statement that he had accosted her, and she asked him if he would accompany her. - Mr. Montagu Williams: What relation are you to each other? - The woman: The prisoner is my husband. - The Magistrate (to male prisoner): Is that so? - The man: Yes, sir. - Mr. Williams: And your wife at half-past one in the morning accosts men in the street. - The man (confused): Well, she is not my wife. We only live together. - Mr. Williams: Then, why tell a lie? You tell me you are man and wife, and I notice you give the same name of Scurler, and that can't be. - Police-constable 352 G, said that he, with another officer in plain clothes, when on duty in the City-road, saw the woman accost the prosecutor, and when he walked away the man followed him into the road and struck him and knocked him down. - Mr. Williams: This man, I suppose, lives on the woman's prostitution. - The Constable: Yes, sir. He added that the prisoners gave an address in Crown-court, Pearl-street, Spitalfields, a very low-class place, and the man made a show of hawking walnuts. - Mr. Montagu Williams remanded the defendants for inquiries.
LAMBETH. - ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A WOMAN. - Thomas Onley, 62, traveller, and Frank Hall, 20, seaman, both living at No. 66, Hornby-street, Peckham, were charged before Mr. Biron, Q.C. with being concerned together in attempting to murder Sarah Brett, by cutting her throat with a carving knife, at 66, Hornby-street. - Mr. H. J. Sydney, on behalf of Mr. W. H. Armstrong, appeared to defend Onley. - Inspector Taylor, P Division, informed his worship that the injured woman was unable to attend. - Mr. Biron said he would hear sufficient evidence to allow of a remand. - Inspector Taylor stated that he was called on Monday night to Hornby-street, Camberwell. In the middle of the roadway opposite the door of No. 66 he found Sarah Brett, aged about fifty-three, lying on the ground. She was bleeding very much from a wound about 4in long, commencing from the left side of the neck and reaching the centre of the throat. He at once sent off for a surgeon. On his asking the woman who had done it she said, "Frank the sailor." Dr. T. G. Munyard, of Southampton-street, soon arrived, and he left her in his care, and, with Detective Barton and Constable Bennett, passed through No. 68, and thence obtained admission by the rear of No. 66. In a back bed-room he found Hall lying on a bed with his trousers on, and endeavoured to arouse him. He appeared to be drunk. Witness then proceeded to the front bed-room and found the other officers. Onley was sitting on the side of the bed. Constable Bennett said, "I have found this knife in the bed," and produced a large carving knife with wet blood upon the blade. Witness had the prisoners detained until he had removed the injured woman to Newington Infirmary. There she recovered a little, and from what she said both the accused were taken into custody and charged. - Mr. Biron: What had the prisoners to do with the woman? - Inspector Taylor: She was living with Onley as his wife, and Hall lodged in the same house. - It was further stated that there was much blood in the kitchen. Chairs and other articles had been overturned and a lamp smashed. - Mr. Biron remanded the prisoners, refusing bail.