Sarah Marley and Margaret Slevin were put forward in custody of Sub-Constable Kirby, charged with having assaulted a woman named Lydia Fannan early on Sunday morning.
Mr. McLean prosecuted, and Mr. Harper appeared for the defence.
The parties were neighbours, and lived in Lettuce Hill. The woman Fannan, it appeared, had gone up the street opposite to where the prisoners lived. They pulled her into Slevin's brother's house, when the prisoner Marley jumped on her, and Slevin struck her on the head with a poker, inflicting a wound so severe that it became necessary to have it dressed in the Royal Hospital.
A certificate from the house surgeon of the Royal Hospital was read, to the effect that Lydia Fannan was suffering from a scalp wound, but was free from danger.
Witnesses were examined for the defence, who proved that Fannan was drunk, and that the prisoners did not drink. Fannan, they alleged, had gone to the prisoners' house to call them names.
Their Worships ordered each of the prisoners to pay a fine of 2s 6d.
Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Ireland), July 19, 1881.