Farmer Assaults Servant at Conisborough

February 1882

Mexborough and Swinton Times, February 10.

Assault at Conisborough.

William Appleyard, farmer, Conisborough, was charged with assaulting Herbert Middleton, farm servant, Wath on Dearne at Conisborough on the 28th ult.

Complainant, a lad, stated that about six o’clock on Saturday night he was feeding the horses, when the defendant asked him why he had not taken the mare’s collar off. He then struck him with a shovel on the side of his head, making his ear bleed very much.

Defendant, followed him to the stable, and hit him again on the back. Witness ran to the door, and defendant tried to hit him again, but hit the standing.

Samuel Halliday was called for the complainant, but did not see the defendant strike the complainant, although he saw him try to do so.

Defendant said the boy was very saucy, and he had not one loosed the horses. He had lost a sack of bale through him, and had had a deal of trouble with him. Complainant vexed him, but he denied striking him.

The magistrates were perfectly satisfied that an assault had been committed, and imposed a fine of 5 shillings and £1 2s 6d costs.