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THE ALLEGED MURDER AT HEREFORD. CRIMINAL COURT, SATURDAY.—(BEFORE MR. JUSTICE WILLIAMS.) William Stevens, 27 Robert Scott, 46 John Wilson, 24; James Ford, 25 Henry Williams, 20 William Higgins, 22; Charles Smith, 22; and John Green, 30, all described in the calendar as navigators, were placed at the bar to take their trial for the manslaughter of Priscilla Morgan, on the 30th of September last, at the city of Hereford. An indictment for murder had been preferred before the grand jury, but they returned a bil for manslaughter only. Mr. Scctland and Mr. Cleave appeared for the prose- cution; Mr. Skinner and Mr. Matthews defended the prisoners. Mr. Scotland, in stating the case to the grand jury) said they had to inquire into the circumstances attending the death of Priscilla Morgan, a prostitute, who, previous to the 30th of September last, lived with a man named Joshua Parkes, in a place called Bowsey-lane, Hereford, and who came by her death from certain injuries which she sustained in a disturbance that took place in Bowsey- lane, on Saturday night, the 29th of September. The deceased, it would appear, had no connexion or acquaint- ance whatever with any of the prisoners but she lived, as already stated, in a place called Bowsey-Iane, which, he was sorry to state, for the character of this cathedral city, was a place of a most disreputable description, nearly every house in it being a brothel. She lived next door to a house of that description occupied by a woman named Sarah Lloyd, and a man named Charles Holmes, together with two women named Maria Hunt and Han- nah Downes. The unfortunate woman, the deceased, was in her house along with Parkes at between twelve i 0 o'clock at night and one in the morning of Sunday, the 11 30th of September, when they were alarmed by a noise of rioting and swearing outside in the lane. Parkes went out, and was laid hold of by one man, by the sleeve. He, however, got away, and went off to fetch the police. When he returned, he found the woman with whom he was living in her chair, and suffering from the injuries which subsequently caused her death. The question would now be, whether the prisoners, or any one of them, were concerned in causing her de ith. Without entering into a detail of the evidence which would be given by the witnesses, it would be sufficient to state in substance that between 12 and one o'clock the prisoner Wilson was seen at the door of the house occupied by Sarah Lloyd, Charles Holmes, Maria Hunt, and Hannah Downes. No one was aware of what had taken place eviously, but the opinion the jury might form from the circumstances, would probably be that he (Wilson) had been with some girl, to whom he had given some oneV" and that he had in some way lost his coat and Va boots. His conduct seemed to show that he had me reason to be angry, for he was knocking at the door Sf the house occupied by Holmes, and the three women, t0 which he seemed to have returned, at the time when the other prisoners were coming up the line. H was knocking at the door where Sarah Lloyd lived. At that time the man, Charles Holmes, was asleep with his head on the table. Sarah Lloyd went out to the door and asked the prisoner Wilson what he wanted. He said he wanted his boots and his frock. She told him he was under a mistake; that there was no girl in the house, and no frock or boots belonging to any one had been kept. By this time the other prisoners had come up. They made use of expressions which showed their determina- tion to carry out purposes of violence, and three or four of them got into the house. They were Wilson, Stevens, Smith, and Ford. They made an attack on the man Holmes, and dragged him out by the hair into the lane, where he became insensible from blows and kicks. In this disturbance the deceased, who lived next door, was dragged from her house, pieces of wood and stones were thrown by the men, and the deceased was struck on the head with a rolling-pin. These facts would be proved by Maria Hunt and Hannah Downes, and some persons, _.J: f.'(T'O'" n.l,t..n. "L ro .1 inciuuiug kvvu un.Hiauiau, vvuo came LO trie spot irorn tne Maidenhead Inn. A police officer, named Mansell, came up. Rnd saw several of the prisoners there, and from their threatening language he felt compelled to leave and seek for assistance. During his absence, the blow was struck which caused the death of the deceased. It would be proved that when Parkes left the deceased in the house to fetch the police, she came out into the road, in an in- offensive way, and begged the men to go home, as they didn't want a row there at night. At that time the pri- soner Stevens was seen with a rolling-pin in his hand, and he was seen to strike the deceased a blow which felled her to the ground, from which she never rose to 8¡"k again. She was taken up, and carried into her Jjoase senseless. As soon as the deceased fell to the sr md, some one said that they must go now, for the po'ice weuld be sure to come, and they all left toge- p ,) 11 thex. The deceased was immediately attended by a surgeon, Mr. Han burr, who was sent for. He found hcr is a senseless state, and unable to articulate from the ■&npression of the brain, arising from some external wounds. There was a contused wound on the back and left-side of tbe head, and two lacerated wounds in her check, one of which penetrated into her mouth. Cold ap- pEe-ations to the head were made use of, and tlfe deceased j w is taken to the infirmary, where she was received by the n -rs" the house-surgeen being at the time ill in bed. She was put to bed, and cold applications were applied, and at seven o'clock in the morning, she was seen by a siireeon Everything was done for her restoration, but 'e died on Tuesday morning, in consequence as Kopea-ed on a post *x>rtem examination cf the head, of impression and laceration of the brain, caused by a Vacture of the skulL The prisoners Scott, Ford, and Wilson were taken into custody in the lane, and th3 other prisoners at different places afterwards. All the prisoners were navigators except Scott, who was called their ganger," and they were in the service of Mr. i Moxon, a gentleman who had taken a •contraot for im- proving the drainage of the city of Hereford, under the Local Board of Health. The learned counsel said that if the prisoners were engaged in the common purpose of rioting, and disturbance, and death ensued from the un- lawful-violence of any one of them. all who were present taking part in the disturbance, would, in the eye of the law. be guilty of manslaughter. It would ba for the jury (<> ggy whether that charge was proved against all or any of the prisoners. The lefivned counsel then called about 20 witnesses, w o proved the general outline of the facts as opened U lr fls S(<arcel y necessary to state that the witnesses who -*ui ° jt facts were many of them of the lowest e etcription, the keepers of brothels end common fnrhono ?0,ne °f whom were implicated in the dis- far-1 nfmm f3 earlier stagee. It may be mentioned as a Hnl rifipa 6 ~ntereft probably to the inhabitants of cathe- named Nieh?Mne il5r' that of tbe witnesses, a man nf Hereford n eet Bowsey-lane, iti the city one another to oreCart°pS"e^rainat,ioa. they contradicted or no reliance d be A ?t Was.e"flent litt)e two militiampn „ i Plaeed on their testimony. The slnposed tThav l!0 WurV:*P^ed to prove the blow prisoner Steven. fjfed to do^ °" th.e deceased the ihorpforp i s0* ^nat important point, named UnderwoodwSostLd^r^J0 6vid"nCe °fa bfwwUhA a"d ™ St^Zle Z blw with the rolhng-pin. At the conclusion of the evi- dence, which lasted till a late hour, '3 £ r. Skinner addressed the jury for the prisoners, and earnest y besought them not to convict eight respectable and hard-wording mec 0f crjnie 0f manslaughter, upon-such tainted and untrustworthy evidence as had been given in this case. Mr. justice Williams having summed ,up the evidence, Tbe^T) after a few minutes' confec-snce, found all the prisoners Not Ouilty. As soon as the learned judge had retired, the verdict 'was greeted with loud applause, the feeling of the audi- ence, who crowded the court till near midnight, appear- ing to be greatly in favour of the "navvies." P This case concluded the assizes for this county. =-

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