‘Kill the Nigger’ claim heard in court

Published: 8 September 1913

At the Lucan Petty Sessions today allegations were made by William Benjamin, described by The Freeman’s Journal as a 'negro’ that he had been assaulted by the prize fighter and showman, Albert Flexmore. Benjamin was in Flexmore’s employment at the time of the dispute, and it appears that the initial argument developed when Benjamin was seen in the company of some local girls. Flexmore took exception to this, and a fight ensued. In the fight Benjamin was injured about the head, while Flexmore sustained a lump to the head and a facial scratch. The court also heard that Mrs Flexmore, the defendant’s Mother, who was present at the time of the fight, struck Benjamin with a stick and was heard to shout ‘Kill the nigger!’. In his evidence Mr Flexmore  stated that he ‘burst his hand on the nigger’s head’, to which those gathered in court burst out laughing. The court decided that there was no clear evidence that Mr Flexmore had assaulted Mr Benjamin, and the charges were dismissed.

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