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THE DALSTON MURDER. LOurSE MASSET SENTENCED TO DEATH. Louise Masset was, at the Central Criminal Court in London on Monday, found guilty of the murder of her illegitimate son at Dalston-junotion Station and was sentenced to death. • Mr. Justice Bruce, in summing up the case, observed that the jurymen were the judges of the facts, and with them alone rested the responsibility for their verdict. The finding of the clinker brick, the purchase of the shawl, and the discovery of some of the murdered child's clothes at Brighton, where Miss Masset went, were circumstances which called for the most careful attention. If Mrs. Rees, the attendant at London-bridge Station, was not mistaken, it showed that Miss Masset. was in London after the murder took place, and did not go to Brighton by the 4.2 p.m. train. Referring to her conduct after the discovery of the murder, his lordship said that un- doubtedly she had told falsehoods, about the taking of the child to France. She had given an explana- tion as to why she made those statements, but was it merely to account for the disappearance of the child in order that no inquiry would be made ? The Prisoner: The father in France would have asked questions about the child, and it would have been found out in that way. Mr. Justice Bruce, continuing, pointed out that no motive had been shown for the crime, but the jury had to judge of the conduct of the accused after the discovery of the murder and the identification of the body. One would have thought that, if innocent, the first thing she would have done would have been to go to the police and say she had handed the child over to the women'in order that the police might be put on their track. It was the duty of the Crown to establish the prisoner's guilt, not for her to prove her innocence. If, as men of the world, the jury came to the conclusion that the accused was guilty, they would say so by their ver- dict; but if they were satisfied that there existed a reasonable doubt the prisoner was entitled to an acquittal. A juror asked if Miss Masset could say why she had not called any evidence bearing on her visit to Brighton by the 4.2 p.m. train on the day of the murder and the visit to Mutton's restaurant there. Mr. Justice Bruce did not think the question' could be asked. He preferred that they (the jury) should return their verdict on the evidence as it stood. Another juror asked if there was any mark—a ticket or label—on the Gladstone bag belonging to the prisoner to show when it was deposited in the cloak-room at Brighton Station.; The Judge You should see the bag for yourselves, gentlemen. The jury retired to consider their verdict at ten minutes to five o'clock, and after a deliberation of half an hour returned into court. The Clerk of Arraigns: Have you agreed on your verdict, sentlemen ? The Foreman: We have. The Clerk of Arraigns: Do you find Louise Masset guilty or not guilty of the crime of wilful murder ? The Foreman—Guilty. The prisoner, on hearing, the verdict, appeared to be overcome with emotion, and sank down in the chair in the dock. She rallied, however, in a moment, and, ri$jng, broken voice, in reply to the usual question why sentence of death should not be passed, I am quite innocent of the charge, sir." Mr. Justice Bruce, assumiqg the black cap/parsed sentence of death, merely observing that he would not harrow the prisoner's feelings by making any observations on the verdict. The prisoner was asked whether she had anything to urge in stay of execution. She merely shook her head. She was then conducted from the dok By the female warders.. „ The jurors were exempted from future service for Six years. n' '.b..


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