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THE WORKINGTON MURDER
EXAMINATION OF HARRISON
Today at the Workington Police Court (before W. THOMPSON, M. FALCON and R. S. THOMPSON, Esqs.) Maynard James HARRISON, 17 years of age, was brought up on remand on the charge of having, on or about the 1st December, wilfully murdered Lucy SANDS, 16 years of age, at the North-side, Workington. The first witness called was:
Police sergeant PICKARD, who deposed:
On the 18th March I was present when the prisoner was in court and I remember his remand. I removed him from this court to the cells. Inspector DODD was with me. The witness said, in passing the witness MAINPRIZE, "You b----r! I'll take your life. You'll not live another night after I get out of here." On the 24th March I brought the prisoner to his room between seven and eight o'clock in the evening. There were several other persons with him - some came in before him and some came in after. In the room they were all mixed up together. There was a woman in the room when they came in, and I have since ascertained that her name was Mrs. GRANT. Mrs. GRANT on seeing the prisoner said, "Oh, my bonny lad! That's the young man I saw on the north-side road, but he doesn't look as fresh as he did." On taking the prisoner back to the cells she said, "What is to do with Mrs. GRANT? Is she boozy?" I replied, "I think not." He said, "I saw her on the North-side road one night with her husband and she was boozy then." On the following day, before the adjournment of the court, a medical certificate was put to the effect that she was too ill to appear. The prisoner said, on being removed to the cell, "The reason Mrs. GRANT was not produced was because she could not identify me last night."
Mr. PAISLEY applied that the prisoner's father might be supplied with a seat near him, because he found that, as he proceeded, he might find it necessary to confer with him.
The request was granted.
Cross examined by Mr. PAISLEY: I did not bring Mrs. GRANT here, and I never saw the woman before. Inspector DODD told me to bring the prisoner out, but he did not tell me for what reason HARRISON had to be brought out.
Police constable ARMSTRONG deposed: I remember the 30th of March last. The prisoner knocked at the cell door, and I went. The prisoner told me to tell CRANNIE to "keep her mouth shut." CRANNIE was standing in the lobby at the time.
Cross-examined by Mr. PAISLEY: CRANNIE was talking in the entrance of the court. Don't know who she was talking to. She wasn't kicking up her heels and laughing, but she was talking loud. I didn't hear her talking when I went to the cell door.
Inspector DODD deposed: I remember Wednesday morning, the 1st of March. About ten minutes to ten o'clock Robert MONERIEFF came to this police station and gave me certain information, and in consequence of that information I went to the North-side road and there found the body of a female covered with unbroken stones. On going there first I saw the feet, a few stones having been removed from the heap. I removed the stones from the body and found it lying on the back, and the head leaning a little to the right; the arms close down by the sides; the legs close together; and the dress drawn close round the legs. The body seemed to have been placed there very carefully. There was a mark on the right side of the forehead which appeared to have been a blow. There were also marks about the neck. The body was in such an advanced stage of decomposition that one could scarcely tell by what means the marks had been caused. I at once sent for Dr. HIGHET, who saw the body before it was removed. Afterwards procured a sheet and placed the body on it. The body was completely covered from view, and the stones seemed to have been packed. A sheet was procured and the body was put into it without disturbing the clothing, and then removed to the railway station. Underneath the head was a quantity of decomposed blood which was soaked into the ground. The blood seemed to have flowed from the head and the neck. I examined the clothing before the body was removed, and I could not see any marks of blood on them. The body was dressed in a black dress trimmed with black satin. The dress, I believe, is what is termed a "princess robe." There was a brown skirt underneath, and a purple coloured petticoat with a white stripe running through it; brown jean stays, repaired at the end of the bars with leather; a white cotton chemise; white cotton drawers; navy blue stockings, and a pair of navy blue mits which were partly eaten away with vermin. The stocking feet and the soles of the feet were partly eaten away with vermin. There was also a small tie around the neck. The body appeared to have laid there for a considerable time. There was no hat or boots on the body, and no jacket. I examined the clothing but there were no private marks nor anything to lead to the identification of the body. The clothing appeared to have been fairly good in the first place, but it would then scarcely bear lifting. The pocket was not in the dress. No other part of the dress appeared to have been torn. On the 3rd March I received the hat produced from the witness HARRINGTON, at the North-side. On the 29th of March I went to the North-side and made certain measurements. I was accompanied by Inspector SMITH and Mr. JENNINGS, a land surveyor. It was about eight o'clock, and the moon was in nearly the same position as she was on the night when Lucy SANDS was missing. It was a bright moonlight night, and we arrived at the North-side about ten minutes to nine o'clock. At about a quarter to twelve the moon became overcast. The first measurement was from the toll bar at Workington Bridge station to the stone heap where the body was found. The distance was 395 yards. From the cottage near the railway bridge it is 125 yards to the stone heap. From the stone heap to Mr. SNELLUS's house it is 317 yards. From the stone heap to Mr. HARRISON's garden door is 715 yards. From the place where the body was found to the nearest point of the river Derwent is 48 yards. From the centre of the road to where the body was found is 21 feet; from there to the foot of the ghyll on the opposite side of the road is 50 feet. The length of the sleeper fence close to where the body was found is 7 feet, and the height of the sleeper is 4 feet. The height of the wall at the junction with the sleepers is 7 feet 6 inches. >From the sleepers to the fence - the double fence - is 4 feet 8 inches wide, and there is an opening to the road.
From Mr. HARRISON's garden door to Mrs. GIBSON's door is also 47 feet. From the garden door to Mr. HARRISON's door is also 34 feet. The length of the front row of houses from the garden door to the Workington end is 183 yards. I took these measurements at nine o'clock, and at half past nine we tried to see how far we could discern a person off. At a distance of 100 yards we could discern a person, but could not tell whether it was a man or a woman. At 60 yards we could discern it was a man or a woman, but I was unable to see any person at the end of the row 183 yards distant. I stood at the garden, and Inspector SMITH stood at the distances, and we reversed the order. At 100 yards a person became visible. Remember the 28th of March when the prisoner was remanded; I escorted him back to the cell along with Sergeant PICKARD. On leaving the court he passed the witness MAINPRIZE, who had been examined immediately before. The prisoner said to him, "You b---r I'll take your life! You'll not live one day after I get out of here."
On the 24th of March Mrs. GRANT was at the police station. The prisoner was brought into the court-room. On being brought in Mrs. GRANT said, "Oh, my bonny lad! That is the young man I saw on the road at North-side, but he doesn't look as fresh as he did." I remember being present on Friday, the 3rd of March, when the prisoner was in court. He (prisoner) came on the occasion to make a statement, and he made it to Superintendent TAYLOR. I took it down as he uttered it....
To be continued~