Newspapers and journals: Trial of John Morris

Hampshire Advertiser - Saturday 04 March 1848

Assize court

John Morris was indicted for a similar offence [of rape] at Avington, near Winchester, on Martha, the wife of George Gloss.

The prisoner met Mrs Gloss and asked her for sixpence on the Down, coming within three miles of Winchester; she refused to give anything to him. The prisoner was dressed in regimentals at the time, and she (the prosecutrix) was quite sure of his identity. After prosecutrix refused giving him money, he ill-used her. When prosecutrix got away, she gave an alarm, and went to the Colonel of the 62nd Regiment, who advised her to procure a policemen, which she did.

Richard Gumbleton remembers the day in question, and was at Beanworth on that day, and he saw the prisoner going towards Bishop's Waltham: they went together as far as the Millberry's Inn, where they had a pint of fourpenny beer each.

The prisoner was not apprehended till the 6th of January, he having deserted from his regiment.

Guilty—Fifteen years' transportation.

Hampshire Advertiser
4 Mar 1848

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