A be-ribboned dog caused a struggle between a soldier and a sailor in Wellington-street last night.
Climax came when the sailor crashed through a £16 plate glass window, gashing his ear.
Perth Police Court evidence today was that the argument started when the soldier greeted a dog ‘all tied up in ribbons’ with ‘Hullo mongrel.’ It was not the sailor’s dog but he took objection to the soldier calling the decorated animal a mongrel.
The soldier walked into a cafe but the sailor waited outside for him and when he came out there was a tussle ending in the sailor’s crash through the window.
The story was told when Ivor Francis Tomsett, 23-year-old engineer, and John Ernest Williams, 29-year-old stoker, were charged with fighting and wantonly damaging the window valued at £16/10/.
Tomsett pleaded not guilty to both charges. Williams, who appeared in Court with his head swathed in an iodine and blood-stained bandage, pleaded guilty to fighting, not guilty to the damage.
A constable said that about 6.45 last night he saw the pair grappling on the footpath.
Tomsett pushed Williams’ through the window.Tomsett said Williams was aggressive and “before I retaliated he had half undressed me.” He said he did not push Williams but that the sailor staggered back through the window.
Williams claimed that the soldier ‘king-hit’ him.
Charges against Tomsett were dismissed.
A white-uniformed naval officer addressed the Magistrate. He said Williams had an excellent record on the ship and was of good character.
Magistrate W. J. Wallwork fined Williams 10/ and costs on each charge and ordered him to pay £5 damages.
Williams had £2/13/½ on him when arrested.
– The Perth Daily News, Saturday 27 January 1940.
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