Innis Fatal Punch, 1918

A hundred and one years ago this month. Violence in the streets of Blantyre.

James Innis, a young miner of 20 years old, residing at High Blantyre Road, Burnbank, was before Bailie Anderson in late March 1918 on a charge of fatally assaulting Philip Griffin, 53 Auchinraith Road, Blantyre, in Muir Street, between nine and ten o’clock one Friday night.

Whilst WW1 ravaged Europe, the two men had quarrelled, and Innis dealt Griffin a punch blow to the face, knocking him down. Griffin was rendered unconscious and he died the following day. Police were quick to make an arrest.

At the end of the month in court, Innis appeared before Sheriff Shennan on a charge of culpable homicide, and was eventually committed to prison.

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