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Assault on schoolboy 1916

Loughborough Monitor - 31st August 1916

Cecil Holmes, joiner, Quorn, was summoned for assaulting Charles Reginald Orton, a schoolboy, aged 11, at Quorn, on August 22nd. Mr Moss was for the complainant. The lad said he was taking his father's tea when defendant's son (aged seven) kicked him. Complainant retaliated with a punch, and then proceeded with his tea to Messrs Wright's factory. As he came out of the factory, defendant ran at him like a bull, kicked him twice, and struck him on the head. Defendant hurt him and made him ill.

In answer to defendant, witness said he had hit defendant's son before, but did not frequently hit boys younger than himself. Complainant's father said his son was subject to an epileptic form of fits, and was making good progress up to the time of the assault. That night he had three fits, and was very ill.

Elizabeth Ann Wakeling said she saw defendant kick and strike complainant. She called him a great coward. Similar evidence was given by Dora Clara Lovett. Dr Strachan said he had attended complainant for fits, and he was making good progress, but when he saw the lad on August 23rd, he had had a considerable set back. There were marks on his head which were consistent with a blow, and his whole state was consistent with having been assaulted. He was in a very nervous state.

Defendant, on oath, said he lived next door to complainant, and also worked at Wright's factory. On the day in question young Orton threw dirt in defendant's tea, which was being brought by his son. His son turned on Orton, who thrashed him unmercifully. This angered defendant, and when he saw Orton he ran towards him and kicked at him, not with the intention of hitting him. His foot did not touch complainant, and he only intended to frighten him. Herbert Waite said he saw defendant kick at complainant, but complainant dodged the kick. Thomas William Allen spoke to having stopped complainant thrashing young Holmes before they got to the factory. The Bench, considered defendant had been greatly annoyed, but he had no right to take the law into his own hands, and would be fined 10s and 1 costs.

 Submitted on: 2009-12-06
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 710

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