Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 01 October 1910
Conisboro’ Assault Case.
A Row About Children.
Emily Vickers, married woman, of Conisboro’, charged Ruth Straw with assault, it being said that the offence was committed at Conisboro’ on the 12th of the present month.
Complainant stated that she was standing in her own door on the date in question, and then went across to the coal-place up the yard. Defendant came up to her and struck her a severe blow on the side of the head, knocking her unconscious.
Questioned by Straw, complainant said she had not been encouraging her boys to throw. She had not called defendant vulgar and objectionable names.
Mrs. Bates, a neighbour, said she had seen Straw assault complainant twice. She was always on to her.
Defendant denied the offence, and said complaints children were throwing at the other children, and she went to stop them. Vickers called nasty names, and she only struck her in self-defence.
Bella Colin stated that complaints set her children onto called defendant Bulger names – words that were not fit to be spoken in the hearing of children
Defendant interposed that complainant had called her a murderer.
Straw was half a crown (2/6) and costs, or 21 days in default