ALLEGED MURDER AT WHITEHAVEN.
MRS. JANE TWEDDLE, the woman who was taken to the Workhouse Infirmary on
Wednesday last suffering from injuries alleged to have been received at the
hands of JOHN FLEMING, died on Tuesday morning. She had been in a state of
unconsciousness ever since her admission into the Workhouse, but there was a
slight improvement in her condtion on Monday, when she took nourishment
better than she had previously done, but notwithstanding this she died on
She was a widow and lived with her daughter, and the man FLEMING, at Little
Scotland, Chapel-street. It appears that FLEMING returned home on Easter
Tuesday evening the worse for drink, when he abused SUSANNAH TWEDDLE
(deceased's daughter), and the deceased interfered, and it is alleged that
he turned upon the latter and knocked her down, and struck her on the head
and face whilst on the ground. The daughter then ran out for assistance.
When the police went to the house, FLEMING confronted them and used bad
language, he afterwards rushed at P.C. SHEFFIELD with a knife, which was
taken from him, and he attempted to attack SERGT. DOWTHWAITE with a poker,
which was also wrested from him. He was removed to the lock-up.
It is stated that FLEMING took hold of deceased by the hair, dragged her
into a passage and back into the house again, when he jumped upon her.
Deceased never spoke again and DR. DICKSON was called in and ordered her
removal to the workhouse infirmary. Death is supposed to be due to
concussion of the brain.
FLEMING was brought before the magistrates on Monday and charged with
inflicting grevious bodily harm upon MARY TWEDDLE, but was remanded till
to-day (Thursday), it being expected then that the deceased would be able to
give some evidence in the case.
The inquest was opened at the Workhouse on Tuesday by MR. GORDON FALCON,
coroner, and a jury. SUSANNAH TWEDDLE gave evidence of identification, the
deceased being her mother, who was 65 years of age. The coroner said he
thought he need not take any further evidence that day. JOHN FLEMING was in
custody, and would be charged with the wilful murder of the deceased. It
was therefore necessary to adjourn the inquiry so that a post mortem
examination could be made.
As the jurors all lived in town, and as the prisoner was in custody there,
he thought it would be more convenient to hold the inquiry at the Police
Station, as the Home Office had issued a new order that any person in
custody on a charge of murder, manslaughter, or of causing the death of
anyone, must be present at the inquest, and if it were held at the Police
Station, the prisoner's removel would be obviated. The inquest was
adjourned till to-morrow (Friday).