SAVAGE ASSAULT BY A TRAMP NEAR LONGTOWN
At the Longtown Petty Sessions, on Saturday, before the Rev M R GRAHAM and the Rev F TAYLOR, Peter M'LAUGHLIN, a tramp, was brought up in custody charged with assaulting Elizabeth MOOR, hawker, on Monday, the 20th inst., near to Clift Bridge. - The woman, evidently suffering much from the effects of the attack which the prisoner had made upon her, gave with apparent difficulty an account of the circumstances of the assault. On Sunday evening she lodged at a house at Springfield, two of her children being with her. The prisoner also came to the same house and took lodgings, but he never spoke to her nor she to him. On Monday she and her two children left Springfield, she intending to make her way through Longtown and Brampton to Newcastle. When she was going over the bridge leading into Longtown she observed that the prisoner was following behind her. She did not want to be overtaken by the prisoner, and she continued on her way, nothing occurring till she came to a part of t!
he road near to Clift Bridge. There were two women on the road at the same time, a little ahead of her, going in the same direction and she hurried up to the, thinking if she were beside them they would afford her some protection. She sat down to get her pipe near the bridge and the prisoner coming up also sat down but did not speak, till one of the women said to him, "You have found your wife," when he coarsely answered "Yes." The prosecutrix said she was another man's wife, but he threatened if she would not live with him he would be "hung for her." The prisoner had a heavy walking stick in his hand and also a knife. He said he would put the knife into her and finish both her and her children if she would not live with him, As she was getting up from her knees after tying one of the boy's clogs the prisoner struck her with his stick a savage blow on the eye, inflicting a wound, and then he gave her another blow on the back of the head, which rendered her insensible. She re!
membered nothing more till she recovered consciousness in a public-house near to Clift Bridge, when she found that she had been struck on the leg, which was severely bruised. She was conveyed to Longtown Workhouse, at Hallburn, by Police-sergeant DONDS, where she still remains. She admitted in the course of her examination that she had become acquainted with the prisoner five or six months ago in Scotland, and he had followed her about from place to place. She lived with him as his wife about three weeks. - The prisoner: Seven months. - The prosecutrix asserted that he had struck her before this occasion at Clift Bridge. - George ALEXANDER, 14 years of age, son of the prosecutrix, said the prisoner knocked his mother down twice, the blows which he gave her causing effusion of blood. The prisoner struck her five or six times when she was on the ground. The women that were on the road at the time ran away screaming when they saw the prisoner striking his mother. Witness also r!
an away, and the prisoner ran after him but failed to overtake him. - Dr M'LAUCHLAN, one of the medical officers of the Longtown Union, spoke to the nature of the prosecutrix's injuries. The wound near the eye reached the bone, and was about three-quarters of an inch long. There were other wounds besides those on the head, all of a contused character, such as might be inflicted by the stick produced. None of the wounds were dangerous to life. - PC THOMPSON spoke to tracing the prisoner by his footsteps, and apprehending him at Shank Castle in a barn assisting to thrash. When he charged the prisoner with the offence, he replied, "Yes, and rightly served." - The prisoner, on being charged, admitted that he was guilty of wounding the woman. - The prisoner was committed to the Assizes.