- Transcribed by unknown author unknown author
- Edition: March 31, 1882 March 31, 1882
Page 3 of 9
THE WORKINGTON MURDER
EXAMINATION OF HARRISON
Thomas ROSSER deposed that he was a tailor and lived in Derwent Street, Workington, was in Pow-street on Friday, the 3rd of March. Met the prisoner about ten minutes to one o'clock. Asked the prisoner where he was going and he replied, "To the Police Station. I wish the bloody thing was over." He said he was going to be examined at the Police Station, but did not mention any person's name. He said he wished he had never seen the girl as she would get him into "fine disgrace." Prisoner added, "Some ----has violated her and then cut her throat." He said he was last with her, and that was all they had against him. Saw prisoner on the 1st March in Pow-street. Was standing with some girls - CRANNIE, LAWSON, and two there young women. One of the girls called out, "You done it." Prisoner did not join the did not join the party, but went on to the Royal Oak.
Mr. FALCON: Had you any further conversation with the prisoner that day?"
Witness: No sir. Saw him on the Saturday for about three minutes, and had not seen him since. Never had any talk with HARRISON about Lucy SANDS before the body was found.
By Mr. PAISLEY: Had known the prisoner three or four years. Made a mistake in the date when before the coroner. Had made no other mistakes that he was aware of. Had never seen Lucy SANDS near the "Cheap Jack's" stand, but had seen SHANNON and CRANNIE there. "Cheap Jack" had his stand in Wildridge field, near the Central Station. When prisoner asked him to go with him to the Police Station he did not seem any way put out.
Anthony DALGLEISH deposed that he was a coal miner, and resided at Edkin-street, Workington. Remembered the date on which Lucy SANDS body was found: it was the 1st March. We went to see the place on North-side road, and whilst looking at the place with a few lads Mr. HARRISON came up the right side. The first words he noticed him saying were, "Poor ----" and then witness walked away. Prisoner walked alongside him and said, "She has gone the road that a good deal more should like to go." Prisoner also said, "She was on the town or about on the town." Just then they were meeting BOUCH and CARTNER, two tailors, and he said that they had been with her. Witness asked, "Those two we are meeting?" but the prisoner made no answer.
He then said he was with her and two or three more girls shortly before the time she was missing. He said also that he would like to see those other girls as they might talk and make some bother for him. He, witness, replied that "woman folk" did sometimes talk and make bother which they need not make. By this time they had arrived at the top of Speedwell-lane, and they met a young woman. The prisoner stopped to talk to her. Witness did not take a great deal of notice of his talk, as he was a young man whom he did not know.
The chairman: You never knew him before this time?
The Clerk: Did he say anything about her being a whore?
Witness: No, not that I remember.
Cross examined by Mr. PAISLEY: Was not certain that prisoner said he left her on the North-side road.
At this point the court adjourned for three quarters of an hour.
The Court reassembled at twenty minutes past two.
The first witness called was Annie BELL, who deposed that she lived at Stanwix, Carlisle. Know Lucy SANDS when living in Workington. Left Workington about a month since and went to live in Stanwix. When in Workington she resided Mrs. DOUGLAS in Finkle-street. Mrs. DOUGLAS was a confectioner: Lucy sometimes visited there. About three weeks after she was missing the prisoner came to Mrs. DOUGLAS shop. She said to him it was a strange thing about Lucy SANDS, and he replied, "I know where Lucy SANDS is; she is all right." He also said he knew all about her.
The Clerk: Did he ever say he passed her.
By Mr. PAILSEY: Did not go so much with Lucy after she came back from Preston. Lucy called in the shop when she came from Preston. Did not know of anyone she went with. Had never seen her in the company of any young man. The prisoner did not seem concerned when he said he knew where Lucy was. The prisoner did not tell her she was at Preston. Heard a report shortly after Lucy SANDS was missing that she was in Preston. Believed it was Miss. SHANNON who said she had heard she had gone to Preston.
The Clerk: What made you mention it to HARRISON?
~ To be continued.