Marital Trouble At Denaby

February 1902

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 10 February 1902

Marital Trouble At Denaby

On Saturday, at the Doncaster Police Court, before Mr. G. B. C. Yarborough and other magistrates, Henry Thompson, filler, of Denaby was summoned for using threats towards , his wife  also with persistently ill-treating her.

The story told by the complainant was to the effect that the defendant had been in the habit of using most abominable threats her, and several times had picked up a knife, and said he would do for her. He had struck her on many occasions and, added the complainant, “I don’t know what it is to sleep in my own house on a Saturday night. If I get to bed he fetches me out, and I have to sleep at neighbours.”

A couple of neighbours gave evidence to the effect that the complainant had led a cruel line.

Defendant went into the witness-box, and stated that the complainant was not his wife, as she had a husband living in Sheffield. He stated that he had lived with her altogether for 31 years, and that they had been married for 14 or 15 years. A few days ago he found out that her husband was alive in Sheffield, and that she had been to him.

The Chairman: Have you any witnessed to that?

Defendant: I could have brought a witness only she is not in a fit condition to come.

The Chairman: (to complainant): Is true that you have another husband?

Complainant: No sir; and he knows that.

The defendant was bound over to keep the peace and a separation was granted, defendant being ordered to, contribute 10s. per week towards his wife‘s maintenance.

Defendant: How will he be if I find out her husband is alive”?

The Chairman: You will have to come here again.