7 March 1885
7 March 1885
28 March 1885
28 March 1885
Wait having been sworn said on the 19th March, about eight o'clock in the evening he was in the Brewery Tap, Esher. He went out into the street and defendant patted him on the shoulder, and asked him what band it was. The Clerk (Mr. J. Bell): Was there a band playing then? Witness: Yes sir. I told him it was the Esher band. He then asked me why the Church bells were ringing, and I told him it was practice night. He next asked if I was a native of the place, and I replied I was born and bred there. He asked me what I did for a living, and I said, "Anything." Witness then described prisoner's alleged misconduct towrds him, which is of course unfit for publication, and went on to say that he drew back from him, when defendant caught hold of his arm, but he refused to go. He questioned witness as to his work, and also as to whether he was ruptured, and on othe rpoints, to which witness replied that nothing was the matter with him. Defendant again invited him to go with him, but witness said, "No." Defendant then went away, and witness went and found P.C. Bond, whom he told what had occurred. Defendant was apprehended, and while in the charge of the police, said, "I wish you had knocked me down and settled it." In cross-examination by Mr. Lickfold witness said the defendant was arrested near Mr. Smelt's premises, Esher, about 100 years from where the alleged offence was committed. When charged, the defendant said he had not done such a thing. Defendant did not say, "If I did this to you did you not knock me down?! Witness did not knock him down, because he might have been charged with assault. He had never seen him before. He went outside the Tap to listen to the band. He lived at Park-road, Esher, and worked at anything. He had done nothing in the brewery for twelve months. He told the defendant that it was heavy work at the brewery, but did not complain to him of being in ill-health. He was grubbing now at Claremont Park. He never told the defendant he was hard up; in fact, the thing was not mentioned. Sometimes he earned 10s., and sometimes 15s. per week. The band was in the main street, but nobody passed while defendant was talking to him. In reply to the Bench, witness said he stood with the defendant about five minutes after he touched him. Defendant almost begged and prayed of him to accompany him down the road. He was married, had been in his present house seven years, and paid 6s. perweek. He was now three weeks in arrear.
P.C. Bond deposed to being in Esher about half-past eight o'clock on the evening in question in plain clothes, when Wait reported to him that a man had insulted him in the Brewery Tap. Wait gave him a description of the man. He said he was short, with drak clothes, had black whiskers, and a round felt hat. He ultimately found the defendant standing at the corner of the Claremont-road. As soon as he saw witness he walked away from the place. Witness followed, and having arrested him, took him to the police-station at Hersham. In cross-examination witness said he knew now that the defendant was a clergyman doing temporary duty at Claygate. When arrested defendant said "I did not do it." At the police station at Heresham defendant said to Wait "If I did it why didn't you knock me down." Defendant's duties at Claygate ceased last Saturday.
Mr. Lickfold said after the way in which the prosecutor had given his evidence he did not know whether the Bench wished him to address them.
The Magistrates consulted for a few minutes, and then told the defendant he was discharged.
Defendant left the dock, and was walking out of Court, when he was stopped and brought back charged with unlawfully assaulting James Clarke, with intent to commit an unnatural offence.
James Clarke, the complainant in this case, deposed that on the 18th February, about 20 minutes to 5 in the afternoon, he was going from Claygate to Esher. When passing up the fields from Hare-lane to Esher he met the defendant, who stopped him. Witness then described the conversation with the defendant. The latter remarked upon the mildness of the weather, how nicely the birds were singing and said, "We shall soon have the cuckoo here." Witness replied, "No, sir; not for another three mnths." Defendant then remarked upon the Duchess of Albany's birthday, and witness said it was yesterday. Defendant then said it was "a shocking thing for her to be left a widow so early, a young woman like that, after they had begun to get used to each other and comfortable; she must miss him." He then asked if the mild weather suited witness's constitution, to which he replied "Yes." He asked him if he had good health. He said "No;" also if he had a pain in the chest, and if he had ruptured himself. Witness replied not that he was aware of, upon which the defendant said that some workmen strained themselves, causing a slight rupture, but did not know it, causing a lump on each side. Defendant then put his hands on him (described) and asked whether he had a family. He said he had seven living out of 24 (laughter, in which the defendant joined). Unfortunately, witness said, he lost his wife. Defendant burst out laughing when he said "twenty-four," and witness laughted too. In reply to his question he told the defendant he had lost his wife fourteen months ago, and also that he did not think anything now about it. He mentioned further conversation and other things unfit for publication. Ultimately, he said,he forced himself away. In reply to the Bench, Clarke said he was a master builder, and lived in High-street, Esher. Wait and he were neighbours. Cross-examined: He admitted he went with "Teddy" Wait to Hersham and identified the defendant, and on the road Wait made a few remarks as to what the man had done to him. Did not knock defendant down because perhaps the man might have knocked him down too (Laughter). Besides defendant would probably have given him in charge for assault. Was with the defendant from ten minutes to a quarter of an hour. At the first start he laughted, but he thought defendant's was a "funny game," and he became serious (laughter).
Mr. Eastwood said where the offence was alleged to have taken place was perfectly open, and people continually passing to and fro.
Prosecutor said on this occasion, much to his surprise, no one came in sight.
P.C. Thomas Bond stated that on the 18th February, about 8.30 p.m., while off duty he looked into the Albert Arms, Esher, where he saw the prosecutor, who made a complaint. Cross-examined: Had been looking for the defendant ever since. No summons or warrant had been issued.
Mr. Lickfold said it was absurd to think that a powerful man like the prosecutor should be stopped in the manner described without offering any resistance. He urged that no credit was to be attached to the evidence of Clarke, who seemed to have treated whatever took place more as a joke than anything else.
The Magistrates retired for ten minutes, and on returning into Court said the defendant would be discharged.
The decision was received with applause, which was immediately suppressed. (Surrey Advertiser)
11 April 1885
John Gocher, 53, said to be of independent means, a native of Ipswich, but who has lived in Colchester for some time, was indicted for having in the months of January and February, 1885, within the borough of Colchester, falsely, wickedly, and unlawfully solicited and incited one William Charles Prime feloniously to commit an unnatural offence. Mr. C. E. Jones (insutructed by messrs. Jones and Son, on behalf of the Crown) appeared to prosecute, and Mr. Wightman Wood (instructed by Mr. Vulliamy, Ipswich), defended the prisoenr. There were eight counts in the indictment, and the Grand Jury found a true bill on each count. The Recorder said the case could only be tried at the Assize. He should, therefore, remit the case to the Assize to be held at Hertford, and order the recognisances of the witnesses to be enlarged. He agreed to allow bail, the prisoner in £80 and two sureties in £40 each; but they were not forthcoming, and he was removed in custody. (Essex Herald)
28 April 1885
THE SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST AN IPSWICH MAN. At the Essex and Herts Assizes John Gocher, a middle-aged man, stated to be of independent means, and lately residing at No. 67, Manston Terrace, Albert-street, Colchester, was tried on the bill of indictment found at the last Colchester Borough Quarter Sessions for having solicited and incited William C. Prime, sailor, of London, to commit an unlawful crime in Februare last. . . . After hearing the evidence Mr. Earle [for the defence] took severla technical objections; but his Lordship, while allowing some, refused to withdraw four counts from the Jury, whereupon the prisoner's counsel directed his attention to the merits of the case, and to the correspondence on which the prosecution mainly relied, putting it strongly to the Jury that the mind of the person, whoever he might be, who wrote the letters, could not be properly balanced at the tie, and he implored them, in the interest of society and of everybody, to take that view of it. His Lordship said the handwriting was admitted to be prisoner's, and he had held that four of the counts were good in law, so the only question for the Jury was whether or not the contention as to the state of prisoner's mind was made out. If the Jury felt after the evidence of Dr. Chevallier and others, who had been called for the defence, coupled with the letters themselves, that prisoner was insane at the time he wrote them, they must say so by their verdict they must, under the last statute, find prisoner guilty, adding that in their opinion he was insance at the time. The Jury returned a verdict of guilty, adding that in their opinion prisoner was insane at the time he wrote the letters. His Lordship thereupon directed prisoner to be kept in strict custody during her Majesty's pleasure. (Ipswich Journal)
27 June 1885
GROSS INDECENCY. At the police-court on Tuesday before Mr Bishop, Mr R. H. Rhys, and Mr D. E. Williams Wm. Davies, collier, Philip-street, Mountain Ash, appeared in answer to an adjourned summons, charging him with having behaved indecently. He was ordered to pay a fine of 40s and costs, or go to gaol for one month with hard labour. (Cardiff Times)
24 July 1885
ATTEMPTED UNNATURAL OFFENCE AT OLDBURY. Thomas Tyler, on bail, charged with attempting to commit an unnatural offence at Oldbury, on the 5th inst., was found guilty and sentenced to twenty months' hard labour. A man who was apprehended with the prisoner committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell. (Birmingham Daily Post)
7 August 1885
The clause was accepted without a division, and was ordered to stand part of the bill. (Pall Mall Gazette)
8 August 1885
A REMARKABLE CHARGE DISMISSED. John Godfrey Gray, a tailor living at Tooting, was charged at the Epsom Police Court on Monday, with intent to commit an unnatural offence, at Sutton Common-road, on August 4th, upon the person of Egbert Fox Weller, a young gentleman, aged 17, residing with his step-father at Woodside, Sutton Common-road. From the evidence it appeared that the prisoner called upon Weller in reference to a suit of clothes. Some conversation took place about the fit of the clothes, and subsequently the prisoner committed the assault for which he was now charged. Evidence was given by the prosecutor and other witnesses in support of the charge, and Inspector A. Gilham deposed that when charged prisoner exclaimed "Oh, my God, if I committed the offence I must have been drunk." Mr. G. W. Dennis, of Croydon, who appeared for the prisoner, addressed the magistrates on a point of law affecting the case. He urged that it was not a legal offence for a man to place his hand upon the person of another if there was no objection. There had been no evidence to show that the prosecutor had offered any objection. The magistrates having differed from Mr. Dennis, the latter then addressed himself to the question of fact, and submitted that the prisoner had only acted in the manner intimated in order to ascertain what allowance he should allow for the fit of prosecutor's dress. After consideration, the Chairman stated that the magistrates were of opinion that the evidence was not such as would lead a jury to convict. The prisoner would therefore be discharged. The decision was received with applause, which, however, was instantly checked. (Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter)
8 August 1885
8 August 1885
John Godfrey Gray, tailor, Tooting, was charged with assaulting Egbert Fox Weller, at Sutton Common-road, on the 4th August, with intent to commit an unnatural crime. The Magistrates were of opinion that the evidence was not such as that on which a jury would convict, and therefore they dismissed the case. (Applause, which was nstantly suppressed.) (Surrey Mirror)
4 September 1885
11 September 1885
12 September 1885
Francis Webb and John Goddard, Floore, charged with an abominable offence at Brockhall, on the 30th August, were committed for trial at the next assizes. (Northampton Mercury)
19 September 1885
The charge against James Daynes, the landlord of the Lord Nelson, was then proceeded with, Knights against giving evidence. He was discharged. (Lowestoft Journal)
3 October 1885
SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST A HAWKER. At the Borough Police Court, Chesterfield, on Monday, Richard Oliver, hawker, St. Mary's Gate, was brought up in custody charged with committing an act of gross indecency on Edward Bernard, labourer, Ashton-undeer-Lyne, on the 26th inst. After hearing the evidence, which was unfit for publication, the magistrates committed the prisoner for trial. (Derbyshire Courier)
23 October 1885
23 October 1885
AN ABOMINABLE CRIME. Thomas Jolliffe (49), labourer, and William Boatswain (23), mason, were charged with attempting to commit an abominable offence at Portland on the 26th of August. Mr. Udal prosecuted, and Mr. Willes defended. The jury found Jolliffe guilty and Boatswain not guilty. Jolliffe was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment with hard labour. Boatswain was discharged with a caution. (Southern Times and Dorset County Herald)
30 October 1885
7 November 1885
UNNATURAL OFFENCE AT BROCKHALL. Francis Webb (16), labourer, and John Goddard (15), labourer, were found guilty of an attempted unnatural offence at Brockhall [Northamptonshire], on the 30th August, and was sentenced to 12 and 6 months' imprisonment respectively. Mr. E. H. Chambers defended. (Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press)
11 November 1885
The Grand Jury ignored the bills against Richd. Frary (43), musician, and Mark Knights (18), porter, charged with abominable offences. (Norwich Mercury)
12 November 1885
19 November 1885
Frank Caney, butler, pleaded guilty at the Liverpool Assizes on Tuesday to sending a thretening letter to his employer, Arthur Ashton, stockbroker, Liverpool. The prisoner had been dismissed from Ashton's employ, and wrote letters charging him wth an abominable offence. He also got a solicitor to write a letter to Ashton demading money. The judge said the crime was the most dreadful and cruel that could be committed, and sentenced the prisoner to five years penal servitude. (South Wales Daily News)
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