Mother in Law Assaulted at Conisborough

June 1905

Mexborough and Swinton Times June 10, 1905

Mother in Law Assaulted at Conisborough

Susan Wagstaffe, an old lady of 65, who bore signs of the side of her face and neck of having been assaulted, summoned the daughter-in-law, Mary Anne, for having assaulted on May 29.

The old lady said in a evidence that she had been living with defendant for some time, but last week decided to move to apartments. On Monday she removed her furniture went back to get the table she had left; defendant was in the kitchen black leading the hearth, when witness told her what shall come for defendant got up and shoved across the room, witness falling down some steps, grazing her face, and becoming unconscious.

During the time witness was given a evidence, defendant several times interrupted, and the bench had to caution her.

Being asked if she had a witness, the complainant said her “little” grandson was there, and a promise her to come and give evidence, that on the preceding evening defendant husband that spoke to him and persuade him not to appear.

Asked how old her little grandson was, complainant answered “21”.

The bench adjourned the case until Saturday next for the appearance of the grandson, a subpoena being issued.

Mexborough and Swinton Times June 17, 1905

A Conisborough Quarrel

A Conisborough married woman, named Mary Ann Wagstaffe, summoned Susan Wagstaffe daughter-in-law for assaulting her at Conisborough on May 29.

Complainant said on the day in question she had a dispute with the defendant about a 5:15 and defendant shoved her off some steps onto her face, and she was suffering from  the bruises.

She called her grandson, William Baxter, who saw defendant committed the assault. His grandmother laid on the sets about seven minutes. She was as black as a n—-r.

The Chairman: Why didn’t you come here last Saturday?

Witness: I wasn’t summoned, I am today. I don’t like to come here in these family affairs. (Laughter)

Defendant said that the complainant had challenged her to fight. She was drunk, having had quarts upon quarts of beer. When she attempted to strike, she ejected her from the house

A man named Dawson stated that the complainant had used the most disgusting language.

Eliza Shaw said she was in the defendant’s house when it happened. Complainant refused to go out of the house, so she was put out.

The Chairman thought that undue violence had been used, the woman having been seriously injured. They thought the justice of the case would be met if she pay the costs, which were 21s 6d.