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THE MUBDER AT .HE} WOOD. On Tuesday an adjonrned inquest was held at Hay- wood on the body of John Brennan, who was found murdered in a stable. James Barrows, 19 years of age, the son of a publican at Slatfcoaks, has confessed him- self guilty of the murder. James Taylor, alias" Ger- many," a striker in asmifchy-, said that on Monday, the 21iit inst., he leni; James Burrows 18. about tea o'clock in the morning, and about fodr o'clock he came into the brewhouse, and said, "Call you find me some water to wash ? He gave him some water and soap, and he then saw that he was covered with blood, and he said to him, What has thou been doing ? Thou art covered with blood." Burrows replied, "Ya, I am. I have killed yon man in the stable." I then said, "Jem, thou wiit be found out. Nay, has thou killed him ? And what has thou done it with ? Barrows replied, I billed him wr.h the crowbar." I said, What has thou done with the crowbar? Thou ought to throw it into the cut (the canal), or thou wilt be found out." Burrows replied, I put it into a hole in the wall, and it cannot be found without the wall is pulled down." Barrows then asked him, to go out into the field, under the pretence to fight, so that he mighb 11 braet" his nose; and he consented. They were accompanied by Clegg and two other men, and he struck him on the nose. Burrows did not strike him back. Barrows told him that he had struck the deceased three or four times on the head, because he would not lend him half a sovereign. A Juryman Have yotli any malice towards the Drisoner F Witness replied that as persons were beginning to I suspect that he was connected with the afikrc, he thought it was time to "split." When the prisoner 1 came to the brewhouse he bad bload on his shirt. collar, shirt, and necktie, and he said he would barn j them. When they went into the house, the prisoner's § sister came and said, "Eh, Jem, yon chap is killed j in the stable, come dovvn a1 soon as thou QAIB." | Burrows burned the necktie and collar in the boiler in th0 browhouaQ. The prisoner left, j ana he saw him again at turning-out time, ten J o'clock, and he agreed to sleep with him in the j barn that night. Burrows then went into his father's house for a glass of liquor, and when he returned he said he would sleep in the barn that night, but they would sleep on the stacks. He consented, and about two o'clock next morning he heard some persons knocking at some door. Upon raising his head, he saw two police-officers at the door of the Jolly Wag- goner. The prisoner told him that he had taken 8s. from the deceased, and that he found it in his belt. Barrows paid him back the Is. he had borrowed on the same evening. The prisoner told him that the only man he was "down upon" was Harry Clegg. J Barrows knew very well that the deceased had money' as Brennan had offered to fight on the previous Sunday for half a sovereign. The jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder" against James Barrows.







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