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A CLERGYMAN CONVICTED OF AN ASSAULT. At the usual weekly sitting of the magistrates for the Hundred of Taverham, in the county of Norfolk* o» Saturday last, the Rev. Samuel Hajward, vicar of salhouse and Wrexham, was charged with assaulting oarah Webster, a young girl! about twenty years of age, at Salhouse, on Sunday, Sept. 3. The magistrates who adjudicated upon the case were Johm-lionee Esa and Colonel Stracey Clitheroe. Mr. Chittoek appeared on behalf of the complainant, and Mr. Linay for ths defendant. defendant. The complainant deposed-that she walked from Norwich to Salhouse on Sunday, the 3rd instant, to. see defendant, with whom she had been. cot-respond- ing, about some money which he had promised to pay ?r ,r' ,Slie met defendant as he was coming from, church after morning service, and requested to speak to him. He said he would have nothing to do with such a worthless ——, and went to his residence, whither complainant followed him. reaching the house she rang the bell, and defandant ans wered the summons She again told him what she wanted, when he pushed her from the step a ong the gravelled walk, threw her into a bush, and kicked her leg. Sheafterwaads went into, defendant s kitchen, being very faint, and'had a glass of water, and found that her dress had been much. torn. Toshowtaat she believed she had a risrht to. goto thedefendant a house ca the Sunday, MT. Chittoek elicited a statement from the complainant that she went into his service when, nearly fifteen years of age, as a general servant. About five-months aft^ she had been in his house he seduced her, and fearing, that she was pregnant shllrtold him, and he- supplied her from time to time with amistrare of gin, lamdanusa, and some dark stuff, which he got from, a chemist's' He recommend sd her to, leave his- service, and promised to get her another situation. Complainant, subsequently found that she: waa not pregmaut, and in 1862 she went, at his invitation, with somafriesda to his house, when he madte an appointment to meet her the following day at the White Hart Inn. Norivich. l-iiej met, anew intercourse took place be- tween them, the birth of a eMM in J-alv, 2863, being, the result. A medical man in Norwich attended com- plamant, aDd defendant paid one of his bills and promised to pay another, bufe did not keep- his word.- and it was to induce hiin to so that she called upon him on the day of the assault. It was. also adduced that, on one oesasion, at- White Hart, defendant, promised to marry her whea Mrs. May ward (who.was in court during the hearing, of case) died. Com- plainant also said that she could not insure findings defendant at home during the and that was why she, called on Sunday. She w-ent. to a house in Norwich waiioh he frequented, and which was occupied by a Miss Ohild, alias Harbord, formerly mistress of Salhouse-sehool, but the lady and defendant re- fused to admit her, In a croes-examination complainaubdenieq being too familiar with two peBsona at Salhouse, and said that defendant, when he kicked her, was wearing the boots in which he walked home from ohurch. The Bev. J. S. G. Cranmer, thoourate of thepar.ishes of Salhouse and Wroxham, deposad te meeting the complainant as he was going to perform his afternoon duties, and ha observed that she was much exhausted and that her dress was much torn. When he saw her again on the following Wednasday she had a large bruise upon her arm, 6 Mrs. Denmark with whom complainasS resides, corroborated the last witness as to the condition of complainant after the assault. She also stated that the defendant on one occasion left a. sovereign with her for eomplainant. ° Mr. Linay, on behalf of defendant, called Sarah, Alexander, a. servant, who stated that he? master did not kick the complainant, that ha had on his carpet slippers, and that she fell down upon the path lu cross-examination she admitted not seeing defendant push the complainant off the steps, and that her master was between herself and complainant. This was all the evidence, and the court was cleared during the deliberation of the magistrates. On the re-admission of the public, The Chairman said to the defendant: We have given this very disagreeable case every attention, and we come to the conclusion, without the slightest hesitation, that we must convict you. It is certainly one of the grossest assaults that ever came before this or any other court. I do not mean to say that > the assault in itself is an aggra- vated one, but still it is an aggravated assault, it being upon a woman. Yours is a distinct case and comes under a clause in which the penalty is heavy. One could hardly believe that a gentleman-I ought not to say that—a person in your position, a clergy- man, having performed his duty on a Sunday, and- going to perform it a second time, should in the in- terval assault a young woman, if it had not been stated upon oath. We have heard other and very disagreeable and most painful and disgraceful allu- sions to what I may almost call facts, which certainly do not come before us, and it is not our duty in any way to dwell upon them; but the assault is proved, and we 6ae you £10, inoluding,costs, in default three months imprisonment. Hard labour is not mentioned we cannot therefore give it. s e defendant had not the money in his possession, and two hours were granted him to obtain it.

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