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- Edition: March 31, 1882 March 31, 1882
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THE WORKINGTON MURDER
EXAMINATION OF HARRISON
The Clerk: You said before the Coroner that you came out of the lane the same way you went in, and now you say you came out the other end.
Witness: I believe we did; but HARRISON left me at the wicket gate. Saw CRANNIE at "Cheap John's"
The clerk: This was the garden, SHANNON would see it?
Witness: Yes. After HARRISON swung Lucy round he said, "Come to the other end of the garden with me," and she said, "No I won't Maynard HARRISON." I said, "I'll go. Who is afraid of you?" Just as I said that Lucy opened the door and went out. When Lucy went out she did not close the door. I was standing against it. When I went out the door swung to. When I went out I saw Lucy crossing towards that office which is at the opposite end of the way. I lost sight of her when she turned the corner of the office. When Janey and Maynard came out of the garden one of them said, "Lucy is going, " But I don't know which one of them it was. I turned round and was satisfied in my own mind it was Lucy who was going in the direction of Workington. There was a figure going just at the end of the road. I think when he swung her round it was the only time that I can remember HARRISON having hold of Lucy. Lucy and I were not on very friendly terms. After all standing on the road about ten minutes after Janey and HARRISON came out of the garden, Janey and I came home. I parted company with SHANNON at Grapes Arch. I would think it would be after ten when I got home.
On the day after we were at North-side I heard Lucy being missing. I went down to meet SHANNON about seven o'clock the same night. I went down to "Cheap John's" and she was there. Mary LAWSON was there also. We stood a bit and then we saw HARRISON. We were going to walk round to him but before we got round he was walking out, and we followed. CRANNIE, LAWSON and I joined HARRISON outside the tent. After we came out of the tent I told Jane to tell Maynard about Lucy not being at home. I went up to Vulcan's-lane withe Janey and Maynard till near the Bowling-green, and then left them. I shouted "good night" in the road. I saw Janey afterwards in Finkle-street with some girls.
I remember the day the body was found. Alice BOWNESS came and told me of it. Went over with some friends to tell Maynard HARRISON about the discovery. I went to the door and asked for Maynard, and his mother said he was in bed. She said, "Is it anything I can tell him?" I said, "No, it does not matter, only that Lucy SANDS is found." We came away in the direction of Workington and we hadn't gone far when the servant called us back to Mr. HARRISON's. We all four went back, and Mr. HARRISON, Maynard's father was in. We all sat down. Maynard came in, and we told him about Lucy being found. He said, "Are you sure it is Lucy SANDS?" and I said, "Yes, by the description of her clothing I am sure it is her." Mr. HARRISON said, "All you have got to do is go and tell the truth." That was all that was said. I said, "We will have to go and tell all we know." Maynard said he would go to bed. His father said they would soon pull him out of bed if they wanted him. When we were coming home, and near the end of Brick-row, Maynard came up, and we left him talking to Miss. SCOTT. We came right on to the Bridge Station. I saw Janey again that afternoon in Pow-street, and a man came up to us and said, "Maynard HARRISON is wanted?" He was in the Royal Oak. I did not see him after that.
By the Clerk: I saw HARRISON going down Pow-street, but he did not come to us. Don't remember speaking to him. Don't remember saying these words, "Oh Maynard, it is you who did it." I will not swear that I said"Oh Maynard, It is you that did it." Did not hear those words said by anyone. I said in going to the Bridge Station, "Maynard, they blame you for it;" and he said, "Man, dear, is it me they blame for it?" HYave never seen him with any firearms, but I saw him with a knife with a black handle, near the Forge Hammer.
Cross examined by Mr. PAISLEY: I don't know that it was on the 1st December that I went to the North-side. Will swear it was a Thursday night the last time I was with Lucy SANDS. Have not told people that I did not know what night it was. Saw HARRISON get hold of Lucy in the garden and swing her round, but did not hear anything pass between Lucy and HARRISON, except HARRISON saying, "Come to the other end of the garden with me," but she did not. Have known prisoner for two years, and never knew that him and Lucy were going together. On that afternoon of the day we all went to the North-side, Lucy showed me a curl of hair, and told me she was going to get a new ulster and that she was going to the new station for it. She said the ulster was coming from a commercial traveller at Preston whom she knew.
Jane SHANNON was recalled and stated when she was in the lane near the bowling-green the behaved roughly with her, but he did not threaten her. She was not afraid of him.
The witness was cross examined by Mr. PAISLEY at some length, but nothing new was elicited.
At quarter past nine o'clock Superintendent BIRD asked the Bench to remand the prisoner for a week, and he required more time to prosecute his inquiries. He was in possession of important information which required to be carefully investigated.
Mr. PAISLEY objected to the remand.
Superintendent BIRD said it was in the interests of justice that he asked for a remand for a week.
Mr. PAISLEY: You have been investigating three weeks.
Superintendent BIRD: I may be investigating three weeks more yet.
The magistrates retired to consider the application, and on returning into the Court twenty minutes past nine, the Chairman said they had decided to remand the prisoner for a week.
The prisoner was accordingly remanded till Thursday next.
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