Good Friday Disorder – Alleged Assault

April 1879

Mexborough and Swinton Times April 25.

Alleged Assault at Conisborough.

William Hartley of Stainforth, was charged with assaulting Benjamin Jones at Conisborough on Good Friday.

Mr Verity appeared for complainant and Mr Grigsby for defendant.

Benjamin Jones deposed that he was a glassblower at Conisborough. On Good Friday about 6 PM, he went to the Castle Inn, and defendant called him a rotten black sheep, and was rushing towards him, but was prevented. He (complainant) then left the public house, but saw defended afterwards near the church. He said “now you rotten black sheep, what have you got to say for yourself now?”

He told him he had better leave him and go away, or it would be worse for him. He then struck him. (Complainant) with his fist, and sent him against the wall. He got up as well as he could and made his way off, as did also the defendant. About half past seven o’clock saw the defendant again at the Station Inn. As soon as he saw him he got up, and was going out the house when he told him he would summon him.

George Simpson deposed that he was with Jones on Good Friday, at the Castle Inn, and corroborated the evidence of Jones as to what occurred at the Castle inn.

Robert Henry Holroyd, for the defence, said he was at Conisborough on Good Friday, and that 5:15 o’clock saw defended and complainant there. Nothing out and while he was there, and saw them afterwards near the church, but did not see Hartley strike Jones at all, and if he had. He could have seen it. Complainant was drunk at the time.

A person did strike him but he did not know it was.

Case dismissed

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