Corpun file 24322 at www.corpun.com
Daily Mirror, London, 21 September 1948, p.3
The Church's "little bully" was defiant
"Spoilt choirboy gets £9 for cuff on the ear
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CHOIRBOY Rodney Fitzsimmons, 13, jostled his way to the robing
cupboard after a Sunday evening service at Christ Church,
And as he went along, he dug his elbows into the smallest boy,
Senior choirman Thomas Hodge told him off about it. Choirboy
Fitzsimmons was defiant. So choirman Hodge cuffed him over the
For that cuffing, he was told by Judge Fraser Harrison at the
local county court yesterday, he must pay £9 damages and costs.
But the judge called choirboy Fitzsimmons "a little
"This boy is thoroughly spoilt," he commented.
"If Mr. Hodge had chastised him in the proper place he would
have got the thanks of the whole congregation and my approval.
"Mr. Hodge should have used the palm of his hand on a proper
spot about half-way down his body at the back.
"He is guilty of an assault because he did not adopt the
proper method," said the judge.
The cuffing, it was claimed, set up ear trouble.
Fitzsimmons, according to the choirmaster, was usually the
instigator of any trouble.
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