Summoned to court in 1890

From the Brighton Examiner, 7th July 1890

Submitted by Terry Etherton, North Laine resident

BEATING A HORSE . - Thomas Pritchard, a stable-helper at the Robin Hood beerhouse, Tichborne-street, was summoned for cruelly beating a gelding on the beach near the Middle-tsreet Gap, on the 25th ult. – He was fined 5s and costs, or seven days’ imprisonment.

THE UPSHOT OF A LOAN. – John Gunn was summoned for using threats towards a fish-hawker named Samuel Akehurst, of Bread-street. – It appeared that the parties were relations, and that the complainant had lent some money to the defendant, and the former having County-courted the latter, the defendant threatened to do the complainant serious injury. The defendant was eventually bound over to keep the peace for six months in the sum of £5.

THE FURTHER UPSHOT. – Elizabeth Gunn, the wife of the defendant in the last case, was fined 5s and costs, or seven days’ hard labour, for assaulting Alice Akehurst, a relation to the complainant in the last case.- The quarrel originated in the loan before referred to, the only difference being that the wife, unlike the husband, did not content herself with threats, but took active proceedings by clutching at the hair of the complainant and thus pulling her down to the ground.

[Editor’s note: The exact punctuation of the original is maintained in the above, as this is in itself interesting, but the emboldening of the street names is added to highlight the reason for including these extracts on the NLCA website.]


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 227, March/April 2014]

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