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Police Constable Bettle

Post by Karen on Mon 10 Jan 2011 - 1:10

An individual requested information on P.C. Bettles, and all I could find was the following of a P.C. Bettle:

OUTRAGE IN LAMBETH.

A respectably dressed young man, giving the name of Collingwood Hilton Fenwick, aged 26, was charged at Southwark police-court, on Thursday, with unlawfully cutting and wounding a young woman named Ellen Worsfold, with intent to do her grievous bodily harm.
The prosecutrix, who is 19 years of age, stated that about one o'clock that (Thursday) morning she met the prisoner in Westminster-bridge-road, and he accompanied her to her lodgings at 18, Ann's-place, Waterloo-road. Soon after arriving there she felt herself stabbed in the body. She thereupon cried for help, and made for the door; but the prisoner put his back against it and prevented her from going out, at the same time threatening her by holding up an open pen-knife. Finding herself bleeding very much, she called out to a man named "Jim," living in the next room. Prisoner then opened the door and ran downstairs and the witness followed him. At that moment "Jim" appeared on the landing and asked the witness what was the matter. She replied, "I believe he has stabbed me." The prisoner ran away, but "Jim" followed and caught him, and she gave him in charge.
James Peters, a bricklayer, who effected the capture, said the prisoner gave him up the knife, a small pearl-handled one with one short blade.
Mr. Nairn (the clerk): Had you seen the knife before?
The witness: Yes, Sir. When I came down the first time he held the knife out towards me and threatened to strike me with it. I was frightened to go near him, because I thought he was "Jack the Ripper." The witness, in cross-examination, said that after he had detained the prisoner for a short time a plain-clothes constable arrived.
Dr. Frederick W. Farr, acting surgeon to the L division of police, said that he had examined the prosecutrix, and found her suffering from a punctured wound half an inch long. It was not a dangerous wound, but it had bled profusely, and would take a considerable time to heal. He did not examine the prisoner, but he appeared to have been drinking. The wound was such as might have been made with the knife produced.
Police-constable Bettle said that the prisoner was given into his charge by the witness Peters, and on the way to the station he said, "I have made a great fool of myself tonight. I have made a mistake which will be a warning to me for some time to come."
Inspector Jackson told the magistrate that the prisoner had given a correct address, and was stated to be a gentleman of independent means. At the lodgings where he had resided for three years he bore a very good character.
Mr. Slade remanded him.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, November 18, 1888, Page 4

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