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REMARKABLE INQUEST IN FLINTSHIRE. THE CORONER AND THE JURY. On Tuesday, the Flintshire coroner (Mr. Richard Bromley) held an inquest of a some- what remarkable character at the Foresters' Hall, Bagillt, into the causes of the death of a married woman named Jane Parry, 52 years of age, the wife of Hugh Parry, a labourer at Bettisfield Colliery. From the evidence of Mary Ann Griffiths, a next-door neighbour of the deceased, it appeared that Parry and his wife had lived happily together, but that the deceased was addicted to drink. On the pre vious Thursday, deceased came to Mrs. Griffiths' house the worse for drink, and asked her to come to her house for a cup of tea. She said she would, and deceased then left. Upon Mrs. Griffiths going to deceased's house a few minutes afterwards, she found the parties quar- relling. Deceased struck her husband over the head with a basket, and he retaliated by strik- ing her in the face, causing her to fall back- wards on the stairs in a sitting posture. She shouted out, Don't, Hugh Parry; never mind her,' and he went out. Deceased got up and sat by the fireplace, and then went upstairs. Mrs. Griffiths then left, but returned, when she heard a fall upstairs, and deceased's little boy shouted out that his mother was dead. On going upstairs, she found deceased lying on her back on the floor unconscious, and got her to bed. She remained unconscious till her death, which occurred the following evening. Dr. Hamlet Lloyd Davies, M.B., who was called in to deceased on Friday morning, said he diagnosed the case as one of apoplexy from the first, and he considered that was the cause of death. The Coroner How do you know that ? Witness: During her lifetime I diagnosed the seat of the hemorrhage. The Coroner: You know nothing about her history ? I know she was 52, when these things are likely to occur. I attended her mother for the same disease. The Coroner: How long ago ? Witness: About ten years. The Coroner How old was the mother ? About 70. The Coroner: That does not go for much with regard to a person of 51. Witness: I simply say it as a matter of family history. The Coroner: An old lady died at .70, and you try to make out this woman was at an age to die? Witness: I don't try to make out anything. I simply state facts. After further questioning the witness, the Coroner remarked You seem anxious to shield someone or other. Witness My statements are candid. The Coroner I daresay they are, but there is a vein of shielding about it. Witness: Not in my mind, at least. Dr. Humphrey Williams, Flint, stated that when he arrived, the deceased was dead. He and Dr. Davies made a cursory examination of the body. He afterwards conducted a post- mortem examination, assisted by Dr. Davies. There were large effusions of blood on both sides of the upper aspect of the brain, and he considered this was the cause of death. The Coroner, in an exhaustive summing up expressed the opinion that most of the witness- es were trying to shield Parry. The jury retired to consider 'their verdict. On their return, after half-an-hour's delibera- tion, the Foreman said their verdict was that deceased died from apoplexy, due to natural causes. Mr. Edwards (a juryman) By a majority. The foreman (Mr. R. Foulkes): I understood when leaving the room, that nothing of that should be mentioned. If you want to know it was thirteen to two. Mr. Edwards Twelve to three. I think. The Coroner I must have a clear maioritv of twelve. J The Foreman Right is right. When an ar- rangement is made, we should stick to it. It was arranged before we left the room not to state the majority on either side. The Coroner: If that is so, evidently you were not very proud of what you had done. To want to keep it back shows you were not very pleased. It does not look as if you had come to the conclusion honestly. The Foreman: On behalf of the jury, I beg to differ from you. The Coroner: Why should you state an ar. rangement was made that the court should not know how the verdict was obtained? The coroner has a right to know the number in favour of the verdict, for he must be satisfied there is a clear majority of twelve. It might have been eight to seven, and in that case I should have had to send you to the assizes. The Foreman There was a clear majority of twelve, and I can assure you the jury took an honest view of the thing, and they have given an honest verdict, independent of your opin- ion. The Coroner Then why are you so afraid of the court knowing the majority. The Foreman: We are not afraid. An ar- rangement was come to in the room. The Coroner: You have given your verdict, and I must accept it, but I must say that it is I a most extraordinary verdict to bring in in the face of the evidence. This is the second case in Bagillt.




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