Alleged Assault at New Conisborough

January 1906

Mexborough & Swinton Times January 6, 1906

Alleged Assault at New Conisborough.

At Doncaster, on Wednesday, Thos. Connolly, filler, Denaby, was committed for trial on a charge of criminally assaulting a 15-year-old girl named Mary Dolly.

Prosecutrix stated that on October 28 she resided with her parents at 35, Balby Street, New Conisborough, and had known the prisoner about 12 months.

She was cousin to her mother; She was in charge of the house and six children, the eldest being 11 years. There were also in the house prisoner and his brother Patrick who also lodged with them.

About 7 PM, the two Connolly’s left the house, and prisoner returned half an hour later by himself. Witness was getting her supper, and conversation ensued. While she was upstairs prisoner committed the offence.

Anna Dolly, complainant’s mother, stated when she mentioned the matter, prisoner said if he told her she would be as wise as him. On Monday he ran off.

Dr Johnson McClair, New Conisborough, gave evidence.

PC Wailes stated that on the 29th ult. he received the prisoner into custody from the Lancashire police at Walkley.

Prisoner said, “All I can say that it was with her consent. I did not know how old she was.”

Committed to the next assizes, bail being granted in £20 and two sureties of £20 each.