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cxt. 'n__ 1.JL 0- 1 ME DEATH ON THE ROAD I SIDE. I ADJOURNED INQUEST; An adjourned inquiry Into the eireuffittittaees touching the death of Edward Lloiyd, of Dol- llychwyn (who was found dead on the road side near Gwernhefin on the 30th of January), was held at the County Hall, Bala, on Tuesday last, before Mr. W. R. Davies, county coroner, and the jury named in our last report. There were also present Dr. Williams, Major Best (Chief Constable), and Inspector Morgan. The first witness called was Dr. Williams, Who said I made a post-mortem examination of the remains of the deceased. I attribute the death to exposure to cold. He was in a state of health that exposure would more readily affect him than most people. There were no signs of external violence, except scratches in the back of the right hand, a small bruise on left knee, most probably caused in descending from the car. The organs were almost too fat, otherwise they were healthy. The heart was about normal weight. The left lung was slightly congested and fresh, the right was normal, the liver was in good condition, and there was no enlargement and no disease. The kidneys were covered with too much fat, otherwise they were able to perform their functions. The bladder and brain were normal. The stomach and intestines were perfectly empty, indicating that he had not partaken of food requiring digesting for 36 to 48 hours, that, added to the exposure, would be quite sufficient to account for his death. The body was on his back on the road. My opinion is that deceased was left in the hedge, slept, and had spasms, he had been dead from six to seven hours, and must have been exposed five or six hours before death. s By Mr. R. Ll. Jones: He had not taken any i food for hours, no bread and butter, nor bread. 1 He might have taken milk or drink. There were no signs of drink when the liver was I opened. If he had drunk much there would have been a smell of it. Bp the Chief Constable: Witness had not I seen a bottle near the body. By the Coroner There was nothing to indi cate from what had been seen that deceased was not alright when he left that nigiit. Garibaldi Roberts, after confirming the evi-1 dence given at the first hearing, said: The whisky bottle was in my pocket, but I am not sure whether we had a drink after he sat down. When I came back from the hayshed I found him in the same place as I had left him, except that he dropped down into the road. His hat was on the hedge. It was drizzling at the time, he was not drenched. He was, as far as I could see, dead. When I came to him I the second time, I knew that some of them at Gwernhefin were ill, and thinking as be was dead, it was better to go to Dol llychwyn to tell his brother. You had two bottles of whisky with you? I had one. I do not know whether someone else had another. Was that given in the house, or was it brought out ? The deceased, in mounting the trap, gave me the bottle. I do net know how he got it. Asked to explain why he had stated at the first enquiry that the bottle was bought the Saturday previous, witness said deceased told him'he intended going home on Saturday, as he wanted to make some preparations for the threshing on Monday, but did not go, adding that if his brother John had told him that he was going home in the car, he would have gone with him. Deceased told this when he went up to his bedroom at the Goat on Sunday. Mr. D. T. Lewis What time was it when you saw him on Sunday? Witness Between two and three in the after noon. Foreman You knew he was ill? Witness No, I did not. He said to me in an off-hand way, 'I am not at all well.' When we got to Gwernhefin he did not say he was un- well. I said to him, I Come on, Lloyd, do not go to sleep, or it will be difficult to awake you.' The more one begged of him the stiffer he be- came, so I started with the idea that he would follow me. Foreman You said you were sober? Witness: I was sober starting from Bala. Deceased was quite sober when he started, and was alright when he left the car. i Was is noc strange for a sober and healthy man alighting to sit down on the side of the road? Witness He was a man of that sort- Foreman You left the place and faund a shelter for yourself, leaving deceased knowing what sort of a man he was ? Witness: I thought he would follow. Foreman How much did you drink of the bottle ? Witness: I do not know. It was full at the start, and held about a pint. The bottle was empty when I awoke. How much did Lloyd drink after leaving the trap ? Witness: I believe deceased and I just took a sip as he was going to sit on the hedge. Mr. O. W. Roberts: Did Lloyd walk from the trap to the hedge ? Witness: Yes, I think. I opened the gate and he followed. Foreman How long had you been with him in the Goat? Witness: I went there between two and three p.m. Lloyd was there. I had business with him for his brother John. The servant went up to tell him, and I was ordered to go up. when I told him my business. He said he would come down soon, and at the time asked me to wait, and he came down in about an hour. The Coroner You said you had one bottle, did you have a drink from the other ? Witness One of the other two had a drink from the other. I am not sure whether it was Lloyd or Ellis, Replying to the foreman, witness said Lloyd gave him the bottle after leaving the house. Inspector Morgans Did you see any signs of illness or madness on Lloyd during the time you were in the bedroom ? Witness No, none whatever. Were you informed that he was not well ? Witness: I was told by the servant that he had been ill on Thursday. W, T. Ellis, High Street, said I drove Lloyd in the car, on the Sunday in question, from the Goat to Gwernhefin. This was about 6.30 p.m. Deceased looked then much the same as usual. He looked a little nervous, that was all. He was quite sober. There were two bottles. I had the two. I gave one to Roberts to carry, as they hurt my side. It was John Phillips, the landlord of the Goat, who gave me them, asking me to carry them, and that th6y be- longed to Edward Lloyd. Deceased asked Roberts on the way to tapftlie bottle, and we had each a drink from it. The bottles were given me in the house when the car was on the point of starting. All of us had a drink on the road. That was the only time I saw Lloyd have a drink, after which he told Roberts to put the bottle in his pocket. I gave the other bottle to Lloyd as he was going home. This was un- touched. Deceased was sober when he descended from the trap. I did not notice that he was ill then. I then started home. This was about 7.15 or 7.20. The last I saw of them was going through the gate. Foreman Is the bottle produced by the In- spector one of the bottles? Witness: It was very like it. I am quite sure there were two bottles. Mr. D. T. Lewis: Whose trap was ib? Witness: John Phillips. We sat three abreast in it. Replying to Mr. Evan Davies, witness said deceased spoke like a sober man on the road. Inspector Morgan said I heard of the death about 6 a.m. on Monday morning, the 30th of January. I accompanied Dr. Williams and Garibaldi Roberts to the place were the body was found. I searched for the bottles, but failed to find any trace of them. I agree with the doctor as to the position of the body. There were no marks of struggling. There was no indication that a second man had been strug- gling with him, neither was there any indica- tion that he himself had been struggling. We would expect to find marks if there had been. I searched the deceased and found a lot of let. ters and also a watch on his person. I found his watch In the right; place. I had the body removed to the mortuary, The Coroner here interposed with the re mark that thft ftlortuary was the most con- venient piace. It would have been very in- COQVenient to have the post-mortem in de- ceased's home among the relatives, and it would have been equally so to hold the inquest there. Continuing, witness said When Garibaldi Roberts came to my house he was under the influence of drink. I found the bottle produced in his possession. This was after the body had been brought to the mortuary. I drove down with the doctor, leaving the body in charge of Robert Jones and Garibaldi Roberts. Un. fortunately, I found Roberts in the trap un- conscious under the influence of drink. After calling the doctor to him, I searched him, and found the bottle on him. I arrived in town be fore Robert Jones and Roberts to make pre- porations for receiving the body, and they brought it direct to the mortuary. The foreman here stated that they should like to have the evidence of the landlord of the Goat. The Coroner remarked that deceased ap- peared to have left the Goat in an aoparently good state of health. What happened at the Goat could not have anything to do with the man's death. If the idea was that the landlord was guilty of neglect in not sending for a medical man, all he would say was that the man was old enough to know. The Foreman We have it that he was three weeks on the booze,' and the inference is that he was at the Goat. Mr. H. Evans: That has not been stated in evidence. The only evidence we have is that he was there on Thursday. The Coroner said it was not fair to ask for the evidence of the landlord, when they had ascertained that the man was sober when he started from there. If, iiowever, the jury de- cided to have it, he would not object. A vote was then taken, when the majority voted against asking for the evidence. VERDICT—SEVERE CENSURE. The jury found a verdict of Death from exposure and cold accelerated by absence of food.' Addressing Garibaldi Roberts, the Coroner said the jury were astonished that a man like him should have left the deceased on the road on a night such as it was, knowing that he was hkely to sleep there, and they could not find words to express their regret that a man in this district should leave another on the road side. If he had done his duty, the man would have been alive now. The jury hoped it would be a lesson to him, and that he would in the future remember that had he done his duty the man would be still living. It was not his duty to lecture him on abstention from whisky, but if he were to remember that it had in the present instance caused him to leave a man on the road to die, it was a lesson that ought to be borne in mind. Garibaldi Roberts I should like to say that it was not my fault. Lloyd asked me to go on, and I went, thinking he would follow. The Coroner said the jury had given this full consideration, and were of opinion that if he was on that night in the condition he was now in, he would not have left deceased. Un- fortunately, he slept for hours and forgot his duty towards his friend. He hoped it would be a lesson to him as long as he lived.

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