William Mintram, aged 17, was charged with maliciously wounding, with intent to do grevious bodily harm, George Barton, at Southampton, on September 30.-The Hon. B. Coleridge prosecuted.
The scene of this alleged outrage was the Victory Inn, East-street. Prosecutor was the brother of the landlord, and also aided him in his duties. Prisoner's moth had visited the Victory for a libation, but as she was far gone in alcohol, in the opinion of Barton, the drink was refused. She went away and returned with her son, and demanded a glass of "fours," and was again refused. She was desired to leave, but declined to do so, and said she had brought her son to take her part, and the son at once rushed at prosecutor and stabbed him in the left fore arm. He said they had knocked his mother about, and he had come to take her part.
Dr. Palk described the punctured and not dangerous wound as one such as the knife would cause.
Prisoner, in defence, said that he never meant to inflict bodily harm, and called his mother, who seemed quite able to take her own part. She said he only defended her against violence.
Prisoner was convicted of unlawful wounding, and strongly recommended to mercy because of his youth.
The judge, after a caution as to the use of the knife, and a remark that prisoner was old enough to know he did wrong, sentenced him to one month's imprisonment with hard labour.
[Note: This may be the same William Mintram that was on the Titanic but it is not definite]