The Boxford Melee

East Anglian Daily Times
05 November 1900

The ex-soldier John Death, who was concerned in the affray in the public-house near Boxford, was arrested at the White Horse Inn, Stoke-by-Nayland, on Friday evening, by P.C. Goodchild, and on Saturday morning was brought before E. B. Cook, Esq., at Boxford, on a charge of aggravated assault upon Mrs. Phillips, and remanded until Tuesday. Since his confinement, he has been examined by Dr. Thompson, who discovered two serious scalp wounds penetrating to the bone, evidently inflicted by a mallet used for tapping beer casks, which is in the possession of the police, and bears blood stains. The man Andrews admits having given Death a tap or two on the head with it. Mrs. Phillips, who has also been medically examined, had a wound on the head, not very serious, and also a black eye; while Andrews had a black-eye and a slight bump on the head. The prisoner has not given a very clear account of his whereabouts since the melee, but it appears that he passed Thursday night at the Soldier's Institute, Colchester. As regards the box alleged to have been stolen, the life insurance documents and savings bank books, were found three or four days afterwards in a field in the vicinity near a public footpath, and a rather curious fact is that, notwithstanding the heavy rain which has fallen in the interim, they were perfectly dry. Prisoner will also probably be charged by Andrews with common assault.