1879 Rock Terrace Alleged Assault

Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 05 April 1879

Drunkeness and Alleged Assault.

At the Croydon Police-court Monday James Stone, a labourer, of Rock-terrace, Mitcham, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and also with assaulting Charlotte Stone.

P.-c. 241 W stated that on the previous night he heard cries of “Murder” in Bath-terrace; and on proceeding there he found Charlotte Stone leaning against some railings, moaning, and with her clothes torn. He accused the prisoner of having assaulted her, and, as he was drunk, witness took him into custody.

William Gregory, of 3, Bath-terrace, Bath-road, Mitcham, stated that prisoner and his sister, Charlotte Stone, had quarrelled, and he described the conduct of the woman, who was a prostitute, as having been of a very aggravating character.

Caroline Stone, sister of Charlotte Stone, having also made a statement, Mr. Edridge said the parties were a bad lot altogether. He ordered the prisoner to pay a fine of 10s., and 9s. costs, for being drunk and disorderly, and intimated that if the money were not paid by four o’clock the prisoner would be sent to the House of Correction for week.

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