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Description de l’éditeur
It is plaintiff's claim that about 9:30 or 10 o'clock on the night of September 12, 1958, she was caused to trip and fall on a stairway in a rooming house owned and maintained by the defendant. At the trial defendant sought to establish that plaintiff's injuries, which included a broken arm, did not result from a fall on the stairs but were sustained when she was assaulted by her husband, from whom she later separated. Defendant produced a witness who said that between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., he heard considerable noise and screaming coming from the furnished room occupied by plaintiff and her husband. The witness did not specify the day or date of such occurrence, except to say that it was a couple of evenings before he saw plaintiff on the street wearing a cast; and that the latter occasion was about two days after September 12, 1958. However, he did not know whether it was possible that what he had heard could have occurred toward the end of September, 1958. In our opinion, such testimony is purely speculative, and the trial court erred in receiving it and in denying plaintiff's request to charge the jury that there was no testimony that plaintiff had been assaulted. It is also our opinion that the trial court erroneously excluded photographs of the scene of the accident which plaintiff attempted to show were accurate representations of the stairway as of the time of the accident, except for a portion of a rubber tread which had broken off when plaintiff fell. In view of these errors, a new trial is required.