Posts Tagged ‘violent assault’

“Two Weeks In Jail on Assault Charge,” Ottawa Citizen. October 26, 1938. Page 04.

Anthony Menchini, 502 Rochester street, was sentenced by Magistrate Strike to two weeks in jail for assaulting Francis Taylor, 69 Second Avenue.

On the night of October 15th, Taylor, his brother-in-law, Walter Rockburn, 64 Adeline Street, and three women relatives, were on Preston street near Norman laughing and talking among themselves. For the prosecution it was alleged that Menchini and his friend, Albert Carmanico, 438 1-2 Preston street, approached them and resented the laughing which they thought was at them. Rockburn and Carmanico wrestled and for the prosecution it was testified that Menchini hit Rockburn while Carmanico held him and that then Menchini struck Taylor who protested against the assault on Rockburn. The evidence was that Taylor was knocked down by the first blow and that as he tried to get to his feet Menchini struck him again, knocking him unconscious and fracturing his left jaw. Mrs. Taylor said Menchini then tried to kick her husband when he was on the ground but she pushed him aside.

‘It is fortunate for you that you are not charged with a more serious offence,’ said the Magistrate. ‘There is nothing to justify what you did. It is the sort of thing I dislike from a man of the bulky type, a big, husky fellow. It is difficult to understand the mentality of a man who would do that sort of thing, especially the second blow.’

Medical evidence was given that Taylor would be unable to work for eight or nine weeks.

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“Two Prisoners for Pen.” Kingston Daily Standard. October 8, 1912. Page 08.

Deputy Sheriff Jarvis, Toronto, arrived in the city on Saturday afternoon with two prisoners for the penitentiary. They were Bernard McMahon, who will serve three years for assault, and Harry Beatty, who will serve the same length of time for theft.
“Italian Sent Down.” Kingston Daily Standard, October 8, 1912. Page 08.

An Italian, Rocco Lombardo, was sentenced to two and a half years in Portsmouth Penitentiary for a vicious assault on two fellow country-men at Toronto. Both the injured men were in court and exhibited the marks of the wounds which had been inflicted.

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“Jail Farm ‘Trusty’ Beaten Up on Street,” Toronto Globe. September 8, 1916. Page 06.

Hendry Rodebar, 94 ½ Front Street east, a ‘trusty’ at the Jail Farm, was brutally beaten last night on Front street east by Timothy Kelly, 18 Milne street, who was a prisoner on the farm while Rodebar was serving his term. Constable Jarvis came upon Kelly, who was ‘putting the boots’ to Rodebar in the most approved waterfront fashion, to the apparent satisfaction of lodgers from the ten-cent bed-houses. Rodebar is alleged to have talked too freely to the prison officials when he was on the farm.

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“An Ottawa Burglar,” Kingston Daily Standard. July 12, 1912. Page 01.

Severin Desjardins Comes to Penitentiary for Five Years.

Ottawa, July 12. – Severin Desjardins, the young man who entered the premises of Mrs. Jos. Belliveau, on Blackburn avenue, in broad daylight assaulted Mrs. Belliveau, and stole a purse containing $25, was sentenced by Deputy Magistrate Askwith to five years in Portsmouth Penitentiary.

This is only one of a list of sentences imposed on Desjardins, all for burglary, house and shop breaking. A little over a year ago, he was sentenced to Central Prison for a term of two years for shop breaking and at the time of his recent arrest was out on parole. He had been out only a month.

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“Stiff Sentence For Foreigner,” Hamilton Spectator. July 10, 1918. Page 07.

Ponzani Must Serve Ten Years in Kingston

Slashed Fellow-Countryman With a Razor

Wyrtz and Collins Drew Six Months Each

Ten years in Kingston Penitentiary was the punishment given to Anthony Ponzani who appeared to answer a charge of assault on the person of Rocco Celeste before his honor Judge Gauld in the county criminal court yesterday afternoon. Tonnizaini Scacchi, who had been apprehended on a similar charge, was allowed to go free, as the evidence did not warrant a conviction.

The crown’s case having been presented in the morning. M. J. O’Reilly, K. C., in the afternoon pleaded self-defence on behalf of the prisoners. When Scacchi was in the box he told the court that the plaintiff and another foreigner had threatened him after he had refused to go and drink with them. He maintained that the complainant was somewhat under the influence of liquor. Shortly after this the prisoner stated that he was forced into a fight by Celeste. At this point Ponzani arrived on the scene. Seeing this, the plaintiff, it was claimed, started to throw stones at the two prisoners. Then Ponzani started to carve up the complainant in self-defense.

Ponzani swore that Celeste started all the rumpus by knocking him down and otherwise ill-treating him in one of the stores located in the foreign section. A short time later he again came across his alleged assailant. he claimed that he was greeted with the words ‘Are you here again.’ That another onslaught of the previous kind was threatened was his defense for immediately drawing his razor and slashing the plaintiff. When he was asked how it was that he was carrying a razor he told the court that he had used it in the morning and had not bothered to put it away.

In passing sentence, Judge Gauld admitted that the plaintiff should not have struck the prisoner in the first place. However, fifteen minutes had elapsed and that did away with any possibility of defense on the ground of provocation. ‘The fact that he had a razor showed his desire to use it,’ continued his honor. ‘The explanation that he put it into his pocket is not satisfactory. It is fortunate for Ponzani that the plaintiff was not killed. The charge would then probably have been murder. According to this code this man is liable to imprisonment for life. Death would have been result had the wound been a little deeper. It is necessary for the protection of citizens that such a man should not be at large. I sentence him to ten years in Kingston penitentiary.’

When sentence was passed, the prisoner’s friends came up to him one by one and kissed him good-bye.

Steve Wyrtz and Dannie Collins got six months apiece at the prison-farm for breaking into the premises of Hugo Mueller, 183 Charlton avenue east, and stealing a quantity of cloth. Collins had already begun to serve a six months’ term for breach of the O.T.A. and his sentence will run concurrently with the other one.

Police Constables Chamberlain and Snellen said that they found the two men walking down one of the local streets with the cloth.

The explanation offered by the prisoners was that they had found the cloth outside Mr. Mueller’s shop and that they were going to take it back to him. Both of the accused stated that they were under the influence of liquor at the time.

His honor before passing judgement said that it would be wise to have men addicted to the habit of house-breaking out of the way, when so many people were away from their homes in the summer.

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“Three Years in Kingston For Daniel Gerome,” Hamilton Spectator. July 9, 1918. Page 01.

Man Who Wielded Knife Must Also Pay $500 

Another Foreign Stabbing Affray Aired In Court

Bicycle Thief Given Term in Local Jail

Three years in Kingston penitentiary and a fine of five hundred dollars was the sentence handed out by Judge Gauld to-day to Daniel Gerome, who stabbed M. Gaspar. Two hundred dollars of the fine will go to the injured man.

IN passing sentence his honor pointed out the seriousness of the offence, and also observed that the depletions of the police force by the M.S.A. might tend to cause individuals to take the law more in their own hands.

If the fine is not paid two more years will be tacked on to the sentence.

R. J. McKenna was the prisoner’s solicitor.

Anthony Ponsoni and Umbuti Scaccki were charged with assaulting Roceo Celesto.

Colesto claimed one of the prisoners met him in a store on Sherman avenue and challenged him to a fight.

The man stood with clenched hands in his pockets, and then Celesto decided to get in the first wallop. When the trio got outside the two men, he alleged, attacked him. One of them three a stone, which knocked him down, and the other jumped on him and slashed him with a razer. Celesto showed the court various wounds about the head and neck, alleged to have been inflicted in this manner.

Miss Annie Otto, a nurse at the city hospital, who attended Celesto, testified that if the cuts about the head had been a little deeper the patient might have died.

The case was adjourned until this afternoon at 2 o’clock.

M. J. O’Reilly, K.C., is acting for the prisoners.

Although Harry Case pleaded not guilty to the charge of stealing a bicycle from Charles Lovett on June 14, and insisted he bought the wheel for $8, his horror sentenced him to three months in jail. Constable McLean laid the charge. C. W. Bell represented the prisoner.

T. A. Cutss, a mechanic in the Royal Air Force, who was accused of stealing a car, was allowed to go suspended setence. Pte. William Smith, who was arrested along with him on the same charge, was again remanded for sentence. Smith, it appears, was the instigator of the act. He asked Cutts to go for a ride with him, it was stated.

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“Money In Germany Becoming Short,” Toronto Globe. June 25, 1918. Page 05.

Pensioner Told He Need Not Expect Any More for Some Time

(Canadian Press Despatch.)
Kingston, June 24. – A day or so ago S. J. Rodger of this city, acting for the Netherlands Government, paid to Karl Kessler, a convict in the Portsmouth Penitentoary, the equivalent of about $300, being his pension from the German army, of which he had been a member for many years. Accompanying the pension was the intimation from the German authorities that this would probably be the last instalment which Kessler would receive for some time, owing to the fact that money was becoming short in Germany. 

Kessler was among the Germans interned in Fort Henry early in the war, and he gave considerable trouble to the guards over there, finally assaulting one of them so severely that he was landed behind the bars at Portsmouth for his offence. He has still some time to serve there.

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