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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“Four-Year Sentence For Colored Preacher,” Toronto Globe. June 8, 1915. Page 13.

He Assaulted And Robbed A Farmer – Threatens to Shoot Prosecutors.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Chatham, June 7. – Rev. James Ackerman, a colored preacher, was to-day sentenced to four years in Kingston Penitentiary for assaulting and robbing Fred Mayhew, a Raleigh township farmer. Ackerman beat Mayhew into insensibility with a ‘billy’ and robbed him of $50 as the two were driving along a dark stretch of country road one night recently. On being led out of the courtroom, Ackerman shouted that on securing his release he would shoot all those responsible for his arrest and conviction.

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“Battered Up Wife With Stove Poker,” Toronto Star. June 4, 1909. Page 03.

Charles Morris Went Home Drunk and Hammered Her All Over Head.


Came While Woman Was Being Chocked – Prisoner Remanded for Sentence.

Willis street, formerly known as Sheppard lane, which runs west from Bathurst street, just north of Queen street, was the scene of a brutal wife-beating case last night. As the result, Mrs. Charles Morris is in the Western Hospital with seven deep gashes in her head and a badly bruised face.

The row began when Morris went home last night under the influence of liquor. It seems he got into an argument with his wife, and commenced to punch her face. Mrs. Morris is a rather strong person, and was able to successfully resist his attacks for a time, but eventually he picked up a poker and attempted to subdue her with that. The neighbors heard the woman screaming, but were afraid to interfere. Somebody notified Police Constable Young, who came along just as the drunken husband was attempting to choke his wife. The woman was lying in a pool of her own blood.

The constable quickly overpowered the man and took him away to the station. The injured woman was attended by Dr. Killoran, whom an excited neighbor had summoned, and was later removed to the hospital. In addition to the gashes, which required 17 stitches, the woman is suffering from the effects of a brutal blow in the face.

Morris was arraigned in the Police Court this morning on a charge of ‘wounding with intent to maim, disfigure, and abuse.’

‘I plead guilty, your Worship,’ said the prisoner.

Crown Attorney Corley said it was a pretty serious case. He suggested a remand till the 7th of June for sentence.

Morris was accordingly remanded till that date.

The neighbors say that Morris would have beaten his wife to death but for the timely arrival of Policeman Young, who was notified of the trouble by a little girl.

The Morris’ have two children, who were at a house on Brookfield street when the trouble occurred.

On the way to the station Morris said that his wife wouldn’t give him any supper. The constable says supper was on the table, all ready for the husband.

The doctors at the hospital said the woman was progressing as well as could be expected. The instruments with which the husband did the beating was of the crank handle shaker variety. It was heavy, and caused fearful wounds.

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“Fifteen Lashes Given To Lad of Seventeen,” Toronto Globe. April 5, 1917. Page 02.

Meet Punishment For Attack Upon Eight-Year-Old Orphan Girl.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
London, Ont., April 4. – The cat-o’-nine tails was sued in London Jail to-day for the first time in many years. Fifteen lashes were received by a youth found guilty last week of criminal assault, the sentence being imposed by Judge MacBeth. During the past few days a storm of indignation has been aroused by a story to the effect that the prisoner was an undersized, delicate boy of fifteen years, whose environment before and since leaving England was such that he was a victim of society. Sentiment was thus aroused against the Court’s decree, and so many protests were voiced that Mr. S. F. Glass, M.P., consented to represent these opinions to the Department of Justice, and he wired the Minister this morning and asking him to order the flogging delayed. The Sheriff has received no instructions from Ottawa this afternoon, and the punishment was duly meted out to the boy, after which various rumors were circulated that the boy had been brutally beaten.

The facts appear to be that the prisoner is a husky lad of seventeen years, weighing more than 135 pounds, and, according to his own father, a healthy, rugged youth. The girl he attacked was an eight-year-old orphan.

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“Two Foreigners Guilty of Attempted Murder,” Toronto Globe. February 28, 1919. Page 03.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Welland, Feb. 27. – …[AL: another story was cut out from this article]

Guilty of Attempted Murder.
Dan Hulsuk and Paul Pitrius also came up for trial for attempting to murder Nick Pitrius on May 17 last. Each was sentenced to fourteen years’ imprisonment. The three men are Austrians, and had had some misunderstanding. They left work at 6 o’clock that evening and a fight ensued on the Ontario road, Crowland. Dan Huisuk struck Nick Pitrius with a piece of iron piping four feet long and one and a half inches thick. He tried to defend himself by striking back with his lunch-box, but Paul Pitrius also struck him with another piece of pipe and broke his leg. The two men continued to strike him on the head and one arm was smashed to a pulp. He asked them not to kill him for the sake of his wife and children, but they would probably have done so had not Police Constable George Lee arrived, and then they ran away. Nothing was heard of them until Chief Geo. Wright of Crownland heard they were in Lethbridge, Alberta, and they were immediately brought here for trial.

[AL: These two men were marked for deportation by the penitentiary authorities, even though both of them had been resident in Canada for many years – neither appear to have been placed in an internment camp, either, during the Great War. Both worked in industries associated with the Welland Canal.  Both Hulsuk (more likely Hulchuk) and Pitrius were Ukrainian, but were citizens of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and so faced deportation back to a country which no longer existed. Deportation was  a frequent tool used against lawbreakers of all sorts in the xenophobic post-World War 1 period.]

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“Knife Wielders Shown No Mercy By Judge Gauld,” Hamilton Spectator. December 17, 1918. Page 19.

Two Foreigners Sentenced to Five Years Each

Aliens Must Be Taught to Respect Laws of Canada

Steel Company Employe Given One Month

Judge Gauld has evidently made up his mind that as a guardian of law and order, it is his duty to see that the foreign element in this city ontain a knowledge of the law of the land, which will be of benefit to both themselves and to the community at large.

Two very serious cutting and wounding cases were tried by the judge this morning, and in each case he sentenced the guilty parties to five years in the penitentiary.

Five Years For Assault
Five years in Kingston penitentiary was the sentence meted out to Julius Szymonski, a Russian, of 21 Imperial street, who was found guilty of assaulting and wounding Jacon Lubkowski, a neighbor Russian, who lived at 130 Stapleton avenue.

The evidencce, which was given almost entirely by foreigners, was very contradictory in many respects. That the complainant was, at his wife’s bidding, chopping wood in his back yard, and that the prisoner came into the yard was established. Whether he came on the invitation of Lubokowski could not be ascertained. There was an altercation over $30, which the plaintiff was supposed to have borrowed from the prisoner, and a combined game of tag ensued. Ax heads, pails and washboards were freely used, and it resulted in the complainant receiving three cuts in the shoulder and severe hand wounds.

The police were called, and testified that the prisoner was found under a hay stack at 119 Stapleton avenue. The knife in questuon, which was of the household variety, was found in the patrol. The axehead was in the mud at the place where the trouble started.

One Law For All
Judge Gauld in passing sentence said there was no necessity of the prisoner’s going into the complainant’s yard to discuss the $30 loan. It might have been done over the back fence. Foreigners come to this country to earn a living and they must abide by our laws. They were given more liberty and more protection here than in their native lands, and yet they insisted upon taking the law into their own hands. They must be taught that there was one law, and that for everyone. It was for all to respect. The sentence of five years was to help impress upon them the fact that laws were for public benefit.

Knifed His Way To Kingston
Giovanni Espositi, an Italian, who, like the former prisoner, used a knife, on a fellow-countrymen, was also given five years in Kingston penitentiary.

The trouble in this case arose over an order given by a Steel company foreman. The foreman ordered the complainant, Tonq Notille, to change the prisoner from the job he was on to another job. The prisoner resented getting orders from Notille and a quarrel resulted. The prisoner stabbed the complainant in the legs and had it not been for interference by others on the gang, the result might have been more serious. 

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“Girl and Her Mother Are Brutally Beaten,” Toronto Star. June 19, 1916. Page 01 & 02.

Two Austrians Entered Adelaide Street House in Early Hours.

In Precarious State

Police Arrest One Man, Who is Charged With Complicity.

Brutally beaten about the head, face and body, the victims of the rage of a jealous lover, Olive Stassage [sic: Stassiswe], and her aged mother, Maria Stassiswe, Austrians, living at 310 Adelaide Street west, are in the General Hospital in a precarious condition. The assault was committed early this morning, the police receiving the report shortly before 4 o’clock. A warrant is out for the arrest of Peter Pimitroff, alias Dimitzyn, charging him with attempted murder, while John Kurnotz is under arrest charged with complicity. Harry Jessell, owner of the house in which the assault occurred, is also in the General Hospital suffering from cuts and bruises alleged to have been inflicted by Dimitroff and his companion. His cheek was pierced by a pair of sharp pinchers. He will recover. 

The story told to the police by the girl was that the assault resulted from the disapproval of the mother of Dimitroff, a former sweetheart. He had been a favored lover for some time, but when he incurred the displeasure of Mrs. Stassiswe and was forbidden the house, the trouble which culminated in an attempt on the life of both mother and daughter commended.

Took Place in Early Hours.
It was shortly after 3.30 o’clock this morning that Dimitroff and his companion Karnots are alleged to have entered the Adelaide street house. That the attack was premeditated is evident from the fact that the door of the room in which Harry Jessell, the proprietor of the house, slept, was tightly secured from the outside with a stout cord. The two women were sleeping in a room at the end of the first floor. Without warning of any kind the two men slipped quietly into the darkened room, and, before the women were awake, began to rain blows upon their bodies. The instrument used by one of the men was a short iron bar with a curbed hook. The heavy instrument inflicted severe cuts and bruises. From the appearance of the faces both women were brutally beaten by the clenched fists of the men.

Upstairs in his room, Jesell heard their cries for help. He attempted to open the door but his efforts were futile, throwing his body against the door again and again he finally succeeded in shattering the panels and making his way to the hall.

Attacked Would-Be Rescuer.
The noise made by Jessell as he started to the rescue alarmed the two men, who prepared for a hasty flight. They encountered Jessell in the hall, and before he had an opportunity to defend himself he was beaten about the head and body, while the needle-like point of a pair of pincers was thrust through his cheek. Hurling him to the floor, the men fled down the hall, out the door, and into the street, where they made good their escape.

Ascertaining that both women still lived, Jessell ran for a policeman. In the meantime an ambulance had been summoned and the women and Jessell were rushed to the General Hospital.

One Man Arrested.
It was almost an hour after the assault had occurred that a policeman on duty in the Adelaide street district saw two men loitering about the house occupied by Jessell and the two women. He called upon them to stop, but they walked swiftly away from the house at his approach. On hearing his hail they broke into a run west on Adelaide street. After a strenuous chase the officer overtook one of the fleeing men and after a short struggle placed him under arrest. He was taken to Court street station where he gave his name as Kohn Karnotz. The police have learned that he was frequently in the company of Dimitroff.

Both Dimitroff and Karnotz are Austrians, who have been in Canada for the past five years. Both registered with the Registrar of Aliens and have been reporting regularly. Karnotz appeared in the Police Court on the complicity charge this morning, and was remanded for one week.

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