Life in St John's Wood
Reynolds's Newspaper 25 December 1892
This is a transcript of the article in the above newspaper:-
A tall, fashionably-dressed man, named Thomas Odgers, aged 23, described as “independent” was on Tuesday brought before Mr De Rutzen, at Marylebone Police Court, on a warrant, charged with assaulting and threatening Alice Evans, otherwise known as Alice Stanley, of 2, Lodge-road, St. .John’s Wood.
Mr Freke Palmer, solicitor, who prosecuted, said his client was an “unfortunate”. She had lived with the prisoner. who had been in affluent circumstances. And there was no doubt he had spent many thousands of pounds in betting and fast living. But since then. for a period of eighteen months, he had lived upon her. Recently he had behaved in such a violent manner and used such dreadful threats that she was afraid he would do her some serious harm.
The Prosecutrix, a fashionably-dressed blonde, said she had lived with the prisoner for some years, but for many months she had given him money. On the previous Saturday he was at her house, and she ordered him out, but he would not go. There was a fight. The witness, with evident reluctance, went on to say that the prisoner ran at her with a carving-knife, and that the weapon went right into a wooden table. She locked herself in her room, and he burst the door open, and used terrible threats towards her, and she was now going in fear of her life. She had to sleep at an hotel on Sunday night, and she was afraid to go home. He had smashed up a lot of her china.
The Magistrate: You say you have been supplying him with money. What money? Prosecutrix : I am an unfortunate. He’s spent thousands on me.
The Magistrate : Do you mean that you have supplied him with money out of your earnings?
After some hesitation, the Prosecutrix said the prisoner had an income of his own, and when that ran out she supplied him with cash.
The Magistrate: Where does the money you give him come from?
Prosecutrix: I am an unfortunate.
Mr De Rutzen remarked that, whatever the prisoner’s position might have been, since he had come to the end of his money he had lived on the earnings of this unfortunate prosecutrix. In his opinion a man could not possibly sink much lower. He ordered the prisoner to be bound over in his own recognisances in £40, and to find two sureties in £20 each, to keep the peace for six months, or, in default, one month’s imprisonment.