Posts Tagged ‘wounding with intent’

“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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“Sentences Were Heavy,” Toronto Globe. June 10, 1912. Page 09.

Judge Winchester Sends Four to the Penitentiary.

Twenty-three Convicted Prisoners Sentenced at the Close of Sessions – First Offenders Shown Mercy and Given Warnings.

Some heavy offences were imposed by Judge Winchester at the closing of the Sessions yesterday, four of the twenty-three prisoners being sent for long terms to Kingston Penitentiary, and five for terms of from one to two years in the Central Prison,.The cases of Rev. G. M. Atlas and the three men concerned in the flotation of the Canadian Eatables Co. are dealt with elsewhere. Other sentences were: Four years for Alfred James Haggett and Robert W. Ewers. Haggett got a two-year sentence from Judge Denison on two charges of wounding, and a four-year sentence from Judge Winchester for housebreaking, all to run concurrently.

Ewers is not an ordinary criminal. He is an elderly man who induced a woman named Laura Payne to procure a young girl for him for an immoral purpose, and the Judge, in sending him to the penitentiary for four years, spoke sternly to him. Ewers looked quite dazed as he left the court. Laura Payne, the woman who helped him in his wicked purpose, was sent to the Mercer for two years. She wept bitterly when sentenced, especially when her counsel referred to the death of her baby, which died while she was in custody.

Gibson Shannon, the other man to go to the penitentiary, had served six years on the Toronto police force. He was found guilty of receiving some stolen jewelry, which had been lost by a visitor  to the Horse Show. He received a three-year sentence.

Two Italians, Joseph Santia and Joseph Doizino, convicted of stabbing, were each given a year in the Central, along with Henry Roberts, a sneak thief.

The other prisoners sentenced were Charles Close, a West Toronto fireman, who received six months for an attempted indecent assault on a young girl; Fred Boisden, who got six months for theft; John Healy, who got twenty days for theft, and Walter Corner, a York farm, who was fined $25 for brutally beating an Upper Canada College boy whom he caught trespassing on his grounds.

Suspended sentences were passed on Guy Brothers, a youth who committed theft; J. W. McNulty, whom Haggett induced to accompany him on a housebreaking expedition; Hosea Curtis, a farmer, who struck his sister in a fit of bad temper; Henry Cromble, who pleaded guilty to receiving in the Shannon case; Sylvester Brown, a negro, who committed perjury, and Bertha Wilson, a shoplifter.

Sentenced were deferred until September on Milton W. De Lhorbe for conspiracy in the ‘Estables’ case; Wm. Edgar Hughes, who will appeal a conviction for carnal knowledge, and J. S. Keeping, convicted for false pretences.

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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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“Whissels Now Prisoners in Sudbury Jail,” Sudbury Star. April 20, 1918. Page 01.

Defaulter Who Shot Policeman Taken Into Custody.

Fred and Joseph Whissel, brothers, principals in the shooting of Dominion Officer McLeod near Espanola a week ago Saturday morning while Dominion officers were attempting to apprehend the elder Whissel, Fred, under the M.S.A., appeared in Sudbury police court yesterday morning charged with attempting to kill. They presented a shaggy appearance in their bush clothes and were in charge of Inspector Storie and Inspector Piper, their captors.

When the charge was read against Fred Whissel he replied ‘No, Sir.’ The younger man, Joseph, in reply to the charge read against him, started out to make a statement but was stopped by the court. The men were not allowed to plead, the preliminary hearing being adjourned for eight days. B. Boutet has been retained to defend the accused men, and it is understood the defence will take the nature of shooting under provocation and in self-defence.

Fred Whissel, the alleged Espanola defaulter, who shot Dominion constable George McLeod a week ago last night, together with his brother Joe, who took to the bush with him after the shooting affray, were taken into camp Friday morning at dawn by Provincial and Dominion policemen who had been on their [trail…] They had camped on […] night and when […] passed out of the tent in the grey dawn of Friday morning he was greeted with a command from Inspector Storie of the Provincial police, at 50-yards distance, to throw up both hands. Fred, the older boy, was then ordered out of the tent and warned not to make a false move. Both were as meek as lambs. They had a tent, blankets, provisions and were armed with a rifle and a shot gun. The officers followed them the best part of Thursday with their field glasses, seen them pitch their tents for the night and then moved down around them to wait the morning.

The hunt was taken up by Inspector Storie and his officers Monday morning, together with the Dominion police. French-Canadian and Indian guides tracked almost every footstep of the twain to their capture. The older boy is 26 and the younger 19 years. Joseph, the younger boy, it is believed, joined his older brother in his attempted escape after the shooting out of brotherly love. He is not thought to have had any hand in the shooting. The officers believe that the father aided and abetted the attempted escape by conveying to them a supply of provisions during Saturday or Sunday. No prosecution has been laid against the parents, as yet, it also being alleged that the mpother incited the older boy, Fred, to shoot officer McLeod as he did.

Officer McLeod continues to progress favorably daily, towards complete recovery, as St. Joseph’s hospital, Sudbury.

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“Dom. Officer Victim of Shots At Espanola,” Sudbury Star. April 13, 1918. Page 01.

Brother of Defaulter Fired Shots – Mother Used Poker.

Espanola, April 13. – George McLeod, a Dominion constable, was shot last night, it is believed fatally, while attempting to arrest a young man by the name of Whissel, an alleged defaulter under the Military Service Act. One bullet entered his back and another his leg. He was shot from behind a curtain by someone in the Whissel home.

The affair occured at the Whissel home about two and a half miles from Espanola, and McLeod is in such a precarious condition that he cannot be removed. Although the shooting occurred about one o’clock last night it was nearly eight o’clock this morning before medical aid could be secured, but it is now with him. The arrest of Whissel was not effected.

Constables McLeod and Tomlinson made a journey to the Whissel home last night to round up young Whissel, who is twenty-two years of age and has ignored the M.S.A. It is not their first visit to the home on the same mission. Little is known of the exact details of the affair, but from what your correspondent could gather the women became excited with the visit of the constables and incited the men folk to violence.

Numerous Dominion and Provincial police officers are on the scene this afternoon. Inspector Piper, of the Dominion Police, came in at noon. Inspector Storie, of the Provincial Police, also arrived and has called a number of his men onto the case. Constable Tomlinson would not discuss the affair in the absence of his inspector. Constable McLeod is a Thessalon man.

First Attacked With Poker.
Parties returning from the scene of the shooting this morning brought in some of the details of the affair. McLeod was first attacked with that favorite weapon, a poker, by Whissel’s mother, it is alleged, and the shots are said to have been fired by an older brother of the defaulter. The constable was still alive at two o’clock and is being removed to Espanola village on a stretcher. Whissel made good his escape and is still at large. There are eight Dominion and Provincial men on the case.

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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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“Jos. Whisel Goes To Jail For 18 Months,” Sudbury Star. December 7, 1918. Page 05. 

Jury Finds That Brother of Defaulter Was an Accessory

On two counts, one of being an accessory to the crime of shooting with intent to kill, and the other of obstructing a peace officer in the discharge of his duty, Joseph Whissel was found guilty by a jury in the Assize Court on Thursday, after a brief deliberation. Accused is a brother of Fred Whissel, a defaulter under the Military Service Act, who was acquitted by a jury on Tuesday on a charge of shooting with intent to murder Dominion Officer McLeod, while the latter was seeking his arrest.

Eighteen Months In Jail
In sentencing accused to spend eighteen months at an industrial farm, his Lordship Mr. Justice Rose made no reference to the verdict returned by the jury in the case of Fred. Whissel. His Lordship said: ‘You have been given a fair trial, and I have given your case very serious consideration. A jury of twelve of your countrymen have found you guilty of a crime for which you could be sent to the penitentiary for a term of years. But I am a very loath to send you there, principally upon your own account. I desire, however, if I can do it with any reason, to send you instead to one of the prison farms, where you will live largely an outdoor life, and gain some knowledge which I trust will be of use to you in your calling when you come out. You are not the man who actually shot – the officer and I don’t think that you are the man who originated the plan of obstruction, but I think rather that without much premeditation you fll in with the plan originated by other members of your family. But you did fall in with it, and the jury thought the responsibility was not so great as if you had actually fired the shots.” His Lordship added further that in view of the fact that accused had spent some time in jail after getting bail, he considered himself justified in imposing the lighter sentence of 18 months in an institution, where, if his conduct was good, he might be able to reduce his prison term.

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