George Brazenor v George Moss 1880

Nottingham Guardian, issue No. 1850, November 1880

Police Intelligence

At the Shire Hall, Nottingham, Before Mr Sherbrooke, Mr Tidmas and Mr Heymann

GEORGE MOSS, plumber, was charged with damaging 28 panes of glass and two doors, the property of GEORGE BRAZENOR, and also with using threatening language to him. Mr Whittingham appeared for the complainant (Brazenor) and Mr Weightman, barrister defended. Complainant stated that he had lately taken a farm on Mapperley Plains, and had had transactions with the defendant (Moss), at present being in his debt to the extent of about 20 GB Pounds, for pigs and fowls purchased from him. On the night of the 26th Inst, whilst he was writing in the house, defendant drove up and commenced to knock and kick violently at the doors, afterwards breaking 28 panes of glass. Defendant used most threatening language and said he would murder him if he caught him. Afraid that he might do him some bodily harm, witness escaped from the house and went to a labourer’s cottage for protection, leaving his wife, who was very ill, in the house. The damaged done amounted to 5 GBP.

By Mr Weightman: – Did he know that the defendant had threatened him with a summons for obtaining the pigs under false pretences. At the present time he (Brazenor) was in small monetary difficulties.  A man named Beckett said he lived near the complainant, who on the night in question came to his house and made a complaint against the defendant. Witness went to the complainant’s house and saw the defendant, who said he had smashed the bottom windows and asked witness to get him a ladder so that he might break the upper ones, adding that he could pay for the damage he committed. He also said he had a revolver in his pocket and would kill the complainant.

Mr Weightman, addressed the Bench on the defendant’s behalf, contending that he had been aggravated by the complainant’s transaction with him. That, however did not justify him in what he had done, but he suggested that the best punishment the Bench could inflict upon him, being a plumber, was to make him repair the windows. He had never intended to assault complainant or do him personal injury.

The Bench considered complainant (‘complainant’ must surely be a reporting error and it  should read defendant) had been guilty of a disgraceful outrage and fined him 3GBP for the damage and 5GBP for the assault, and ordered him to find sureties to keep the peace for six months, himself in 50 GBP and two sureties in 25GBP each.

This George Brazenor was baptised at Oswestry, in 1839, the son of Thomas and Ann Brazenor. I can sympathise with George Moss’s predicament. It may be coincidence but the witness, Mr Beckett, was probably related to George Brazenor. Mary Brazenor, George’s eldest sibling, had married a Mr Beckett. Both George and his father Thomas had previously been bankrupts at least once, possibly twice. George’s ruinous business ventures were such that, by 1871, he, his wife Charlotte and family, together with his parents, had had to move in with Mary Beckett at Kempsey, Worcestershire