Alleged Cowardly Attack on a Sister at Conisborough

May 1892

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 27 May 1892

Alleged Cowardly Attack on a Sister at Conisborough

Benjamin Stanley, labourer, living at Denaby Main, was put in the dock to answer a charge of assault preferred against him by Elizabeth Thurston, his married sister.

The complainant, a delicate looking carman, said the assault was committed on the 12th April. She was sweeping the yard when her brother came up to her and, without saying anything, gave her a blow on the right temple. He then said “I have paid you what I owed you.” A week previously he had wanted to borrow money for beer. She had lent him a shilling, and she said she had no more money. Ile knocked her down by the blow and then kicked her on her right side. He had previously assaulted her and she had overlooked it two or three times.

The prisoner said the complainant had been “calling” their mother, who had “tenderly reared them.”

The complainant denied this, and said it was her sister she had been ” calling.”

The prisoner then accused the complainant of having made use of certain language, and she replied ” No, that is false. It is what you raid, and you said you would get out of the case by saying this.”

The complainant said her witnesses had not been able to appear that day and she should like the case adjourning.

This the magistrates agreed to.