5 October 1885
Edward Bickley, a cigar maker, of 14 Helmsley street, Whitechapel, was charged with violently cutting and wounding Frances Jones, of 5 Devonshire street, Mile end. At the commencement of the case it was stated that the injured woman was detained in the London Hospital, owing to the severe nature of the injuries she had received. Constable George Linney, 37 H R, said that about 9 o'clock on Friday night he was on duty in the Commercial road, when he was called to 5 Devonshire street. When he got there he was the girl, Frances Jones, had a sever cut on the left side of her face, and one of her eyes appeared to be bulging out. There was a large quantity of blood about the place, and a number of articles were covered with it. The woman picked up a knife on which were fresh blood marks from off the bed, and also a broken stick, which she handed to him. The young woman was then conveyed to the London Hospital, where she was detained. Witness then went and reported the case, and afterwards went in search of the prisoner. Sergeant Adams, 26 H, said at 2 o'clock that morning he went to 14 Hanbury street, which was a coffee shop. From what was told him he went to a room at the top of the house and there saw the prisoner lying behind the door, fully dressed. Witness told him that he should take him into custody on the charge of wounding a young woman, named Jones. He simply replied, "Very well." On the way to the station the prisoner said, "It is a pity a man should be pulled up for a prostitute. It is only a day or two since I gave her £2." When the charge was read over to him he made no reply. Two women came to the station and said the prisoner locked himself and the woman in a room before he assaulted her. Mr. Thomas Openshaw, house surgeon at the London Hospital, said that when the woman Jones was brought in she had a cut 3in in length on the nose, and it extended towards the left cheek. The wound was about half an inch in depth. Her hands were black and very much swollen, and she was badly bruised over the body. Buckley, who said he knew nothing of the assault, was ordered to be remanded.