Birmingham Daily Post (24/Aug/1891) - The Huddersfield Murder

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At Huddersfield, on Saturday — before the West Riding magistrate — Joshua Lockwood and George Farnham, described as photographic agents, were brought up and charged on suspicion with the murder of Catherine Dennis, aged sixteen, a servant-girl at Ivy Green public-house, Linthwaite, under the circumstanced detailed in our columns on Saturday.

Superintendent Pickard stated that be could prove that the prisoners were in the house and were supplied with beer at a quarter past three o'clock on Friday afternoon. They were also there after the murder was discovered, and were followed to Slaithwaite, where they were arrested. The murder took place while the girl was in charge of the house, and the prisoners were the last men known to have been oh the premises.

The prisoner Lockwood, on being asked if he objected to a remand, said, "The superintendent made a statement that we went to the house and were served with beer at a quarter past three o'clock, I deny that altogether." Upon it being pointed out to him that the remand was formal, he said they must bow to the magistrates' decision. Famham said, "I think it is very hard indeed that we should be remanded. You have brought no witnesses against us. The superintendent says we were in the house before the murder was committed. I totally deny that. We were going towards the house after the murder for the first time, and women in the house and carters on the road can prove that we were not going from the house but to the houses.

The prisoners were then remanded.

Disgraceful scenes occurred on Saturday and yesterday at the scene of the murder. Thousands of people have visited the place from afar in every description of conveyance, and amid continuous pushing and general confusion the morbid sightseers were admitted in relays to the room in which the body lay, subscriptions towards the cost of interment being meanwhile openly solicited. The unfortunate girl's parents have arrived from Flint, and decided to have their girl buried at Linthwaite. No further arrests have been made, but the police are looking for a labourer well known in the neighbourhood ; who during the last few weeks has not worked, and was seen to leave the inn just before the murder was discovered, as he was overheard speaking to the deceased about a money matter. The district is being scoured in quest of him, and there is much excitement manifest. The belief in the innocence of the two men in custody is gaining ground, and pending the further investigation of the case their wives are allowed to see them daily and provide them with food.

Birmingham Daily Post (24/Aug/1891) - The Huddersfield Murder


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