SUICIDE OF A
The body of a woman, which was afterwards identified as that of Mary
Jane COSKERY, 32, wife of James Leech COSKERY, resident at 14,
Schoolhouse-lane, Whitehaven was discovered on Thursday evening, by Thomas RIDLEY, North Wall
House, floating in the sea off the North Wall.
Information having been given to the police, the body was recovered
from the water, and on Friday, at noon, and inquiry was held at the Wellington
Inn, West Strand, by Mr. Gordon FALCON (the Coroner for West Cumberland) into
the circumstances attending her death.
James Leech COSKERY said that he and his wife had been living apart
for over four months, the latter during this period having lived with her sister
at Askam-in-Furness. She came to Whitehaven by the last train on Wednesday
evening, and saw witness on Thursday morning whom she had told she had come to
see the children, three he had at home a a fourth was away. They had no
quarrel. They did not separate owing to the intemperance of the deceased, nor had he
ever seen her the worse for drink.
Ann Jane MOORE, a neighbour, stated that the deceased had breakfast
with her on Thursday. Margaret WALLACE, 155 Queen-street, deposed that the
deceased visited her later in the day and had dinner and tea. She left saying that
she intended to go and get an order for the workhouse. She made no threat, but
remarked that rather than live as she had been, she would be lying still.
Deceased seemed very low spirited.
Thomas RIDLEY and Sergeant TOMLINSON gave evidence of a formal
character, the latter remarking that the deceased was on the streets all Wednesday
night. A silver plated brooch was all that was found on the body.
-A verdict of "Found drowned" was returned.