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Charge of Attempted Murder at Rushton Wellingborough Magistrates

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					            Charge of Attempted Murder at Rushton
               Wellingborough Magistrates Court

Thomas Hawkes of Finedon was charged with shooting at Charles Elliot at
Rushton on Nov 20th with intent to kill and murder him
Mr Rawlins for the prisoner it will be remembered that this case has already
been before the magistrates when a man name Thomas Goode was
convicted of being an accessory after the fact. Charles Elliot having repeated
the evidence he gave in the former case said he was satisfied the prisoner
was the man who had fired the gun.
He did not know that he had ever seen the prisoner before the 20th Nov.
 Mr Rawlins said the prisoner does not have the coat which he now has on
and you never saw these men before this day there was no reason that they
would shoot at you? Charles Elliot replied no none at all so what right had
you to follow these men down the road on the way to Desborough? Asked
Mr Rawlings I followed them because they were trespassing replied Elliot.
None of the three men were on the road they were all on the bank what
object had you in running after them? Elliot replied Tyrell asked me if I
would go with him because he had heard a gun fired and I told him I would.
When these men were on the road you still ran after them? Yes replied Elliot
with what object pray? Asked Mr Rawlings,
Elliot replied because Tyrell said "if you can go and stop them and stop
them until I come up the road "Mr Rawlings replied then you intended
stopping them on the public road? Elliot replied yes until the keeper came
up on what charge asked Mr Rawlings? for trespass replied Elliot then you
purposed apprehending the men on a public road for trespass? Asked Mr
Rawlings I intended to get there names replied Elliot.
The prisoner and his companions first threw stones at you? Then you
returned the compliment? They threw stones and then ran away replied
Elliot and then threw stones again and then I returned the compliment, you
saw the prisoner with a loaded gun? yes replied Elliot he was within 20 or
30 yards of me at the time, he was about 60 yards of you when he fired he
wanted to get away from you without doing you any harm but you persisted
in following him ? I daresay he wanted to get away replied Elliot. Mr
Rawlings had no more questions for Mr Elliot and John Tyrell took the
stand
Game keeper to Mr Hamborough Tyrell repeated the evidence of the first
hearing, the prisoner was one of the men he followed on the road he was
sure he was the man who had the gun in his pocket, Tyrell said he has seen
the man before and his name was Hawkes, he had identified amongst five
other men in the magistrates room on Monday morning.
Inspector Barnwell stationed at Kettering police station said that on Sat
evening 2nd inst he received the prisoner into custody at the police station at
Wellingborough and told he would be detained on a charge of shooting
Charles Elliot on the 20th Nov at Pipewell in company with Thomas Goode
alias Pikey Prisoner said he knew nothing about it
and did not know the man Goode and that he could prove he was at home at
his mother’s house at the time.
On Monday prisoner was place in the magistrate’s room with five other men
two prisoners and three riveters from a shop close by, witness told him that
Elliot was coming to look at him almost immediately Elliot saw the men he
identified the prisoner as the man who had fired the gun, Tyrell also
identified him he had seen him in company with the other prisoner Goode
many times. Mr Rawlings for the defence stated then that there was another
witness called to identify the prisoner who picked the wrong man from the
line up, the witness picked out one of the shoemakers and said I believe that
this is one of the men.
 Mr Rawlings addressed the bench and said that after the evidence that had
been given he would not occupy the benches time unnecessarily his
instructions were that the prisoner was wanted for another offence
committed prior to the 20th Nov and that he had been keeping out of the
way that he had been in London and that he was away from the
neighbourhood at the time the offence was committed as however he was
not prepared with evidence to prove this at present he should advise his
client to reserve defence the prisoner who on being cautioned said "I know
nothing about it" was then formally committed to the assizes.


This Piece was taken from the Northampton mercury which can be viewed
at Northampton Library

				
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