Sailor assults three men in Aberdeen - 1901
A SAILOR ASSAULTS THREE MEN-Tuesday 20 August 1901 ,Aberdeen Journal ,Aberdeenshire, Scotland
In Aberdeen Police Court yesterday - before Baillie Taylor - David Stewart Hamil, stoker of H.M.S. Redwing, was charged with having on Saturday, at Regent Quay, assaulted three young men, all employed engineers.Accused pleaded not guilty.
It appeared that while walking along Regent Quay, accused met the three men whom he assaulted.He first asked for a match, and after being supplied with a light, he said that he had heard there were some good men in Aberdeen.He asked which of the three was the best man, and then offered to have "one and a half rounds" with each.Neither were anxious for a round, however, and accused struck out at one of them, the biggest ofthe three.He missed him, but, striking out right and left, he assaulted the other two several times.They had given him no provocation whatever. Accused said he was the worse of drink, but did not want to have a fight.An Officer from H.M.S Redwing stated that Hamil's service character was very good.He had been seven months on the Redwing, and there had been nothing against him during that time.He came to the Redwing with a good character. The Baillie, in finding the accused guilt, said that he had evidently had too much "fighting grog." Hamil was admonished and dismissed.