July 1825: Manslaughter At Rawden
George Hudson of Rawden ( a
respectable looking young man of 20) was charged with killing and slaying John
Holden of the same place, in the month of April last.
Mr Alexander, in opening the
case, said he was glad to observe that this was one of those cases which was
not marked with any atrocious act beyond what usually attended the loss of
Joseph Emmett who knew the
deceased and the prisoner who both lived at Rawden.
On the 2nd April was at
Denison's public house.
Prisoner, deceased, John Longfellow, Marshall and
Lawson were there.
Hudson and Holden quarrelled.
As witness was going home he
saw Holden stript at the door and witness wished deceased to go home but he
said he would not, he would fight.
They met and struck a blow or two when
Holden dropped down.
Saw him alive on the ground but he died directly
Cross-examined by Mr Jones - Hudson was
inclined to be quiet and his father wished for them to be reconciled.
wished Holden to put it off till Monday and said he would not fight that night.
Hudson was so drunk he could not fight at first.
He was obliged to sit upon a
John Longfellow saw Hudson and Holden
Three or four blows passed between them and Holden dropped down and he died
in three or four minutes afterwards.
Mr Jones cross-examined this witness to
show the prisoner's unwillingness to fight and his general peaceable character.
Robert Harris, surgeon of Yeadon,
was called upon to see Holden at the Emmott's Arms. There were external marks
upon the body.
From the appearance of the stomach and the viscera connected
with it , he should think he died of a blow to the stomach.
The Jury found the prisoner Guilty -
Imprisoned one week and fined 1s".
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling