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CHARGE OF ASSAULT DISMISSED
At Whitehaven Police Court on Thursday, Catherine EARL (24), married,
Egremont, was charged with assaulting Mary ROURKE on the 6th inst. Mr ATTER appeared
for the defendant.
Complainant said that while she was standing in the kitchen peeling a bit of
rhubarb, defendant came to the door with a tin of ale, and commenced to abuse
her and use bad language. She asked complainant what she said to her mother
on the previous night, and complainant replied that she had said nothing.
Defendant used more bad language, and her mother then came up and spat in
complainant's face. Complainant went into her house, and shut the door, and defendant
knocked the window three times. When complainant opened the door again
defendant threw the ale in her face, and, taking hold of her hair, pulled her along
the road. She also struck her in the eye.
Cross-examined by Mr ATTER: She admitted that she called defendant a
-------liar. She did not throw a poker at defendant, and her daughter did not throw
water over her.
Bridget MILLIGAN, 8, Rafferty Street, and Agnes DORAN, 6, Rafferty Street,
Egremont, gave evidence on behalf of complainant.
Mr ATTER contended that complainant was the aggressor.
Defendant, who lives a few doors from complainant, said she had been for her
husband's dinner beer, and stopped to speak to Annie TRAINER, near
complainant's house. Complainant came up to her and called her a ------- liar, adding
"If I can't take it out of your mother I'll take it out of you." She
(defendant) told her to "go inside and look at her home." One of complainant's
daughters afterwards threw a poker at her, and another daughter threw a cup of water
over her. Complainant then "collared" witness by the air and pulled her into
the street. They then "hammered" each other and fought it out. (Laughter).
The Chairman said the Bench dismissed the case with the regret that they
could not fine both parties, for they considered one as bad as the other.