Assault at Denaby Main Colliery

February 1892

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 05 February 1892

Assault at Denaby Main Colliery

Edward Watts, wagon repair, of Conisborough, was summoned for having assaulted William Henry Spencer, of Adwick Rd, Mexborough at Denaby Main Colliery on the 25th ult.

Complainant, who had a black eye, stated that about 8 o’clock on the morning name defendant took hold of him by the collar and struck him with his fist. A few days previously they had some words, but after then had not spoken to each other. They worked together in the wagon shop at the colliery.

According to defendant’s statement a dispute arose between them as to the use of a “jack” to lift wagons. Defendant said he was he had a right to the first use of the “jack,” and complainant obtain possession of it, and began to lift a wagon. He also alleged that complainant called him a – – – – – pig, and struck him on the side of the head with a piece of timber. He (defendant) had never been in a court before.

A witness was called on each side.

Ultimately defendant was fined 20s and costs