Mexborough and Swinton Times August 13, 1897
A Denaby Miner Sent To Prison.
At Doncaster West Riding police Court, on Monday John Moore (36), collier, New Denaby, was charged with committing an indecent assault on two girls, named respectively, Florence Able and Elizabeth Scott, both seven years of age, at that place, on Saturday last.
The children live in Blyth street, new Denaby, and according to the evidence given in court the two children were playing in a field near their homes, on Saturday last, when the prisoner came upon took them with him to the Cliffs, where he committed the assault.
PC Evans stated that he found the prisoner on the Cliffs, in an indecent condition. He apprehended him, and took him to the Conisborough police station, where both children, in the presence of their mothers, were examined by Dr Craik, of Conisborough.
Dr Craik deposed that he examined the two children at the Conisborough police station, on Saturday night, as stated by the constable. He had also examined them that morning, but found no signs of serious consequences, prisoner had been evidently failed to carry out his purpose.
Prisoner pleaded that he had been drinking during the previous part of the day and that he had gone to the cliffs to lie down. He had no intention of committing an offence of such a nature as the one with which he was charged when he went to the Cliffs. He had never been guilty of such an offence before, and had no recollection of what had taken place on Saturday.
Mr R. Stockil said the prisoner had behaved in a very disorderly manner, and he would be sent to prison for a month for each offence.