Western Mail (22/Aug/1891) - The Huddersfield Murder: Arrest of the Supposed Murderers

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Further inquiries in connection with the murder of a girl near Huddersfield allow that the unfortunate victim, who was named Catherine Dennis, was only sixteen years of age, and had been engaged from Flintshire, Wales, as domestic servant at the Ivy Green Hotel, Slaithwaite, which is kept by Mrs. Brooke, a widow. The deceased was the only assistance which Mrs. Brooke employed. It is stated that her mistress left home on a short shopping expedition, and that shortly after three o'clock a customer named John William Iredale left the house, there being then a couple of strange men at the counter drinking. At four o'clock the butcher's boy, named Beevers, and employed by the local co-operative society, arrived with some meat, and it was then that the tragedy was discovered. The bar and various rooms frequented by callers were all empty, and there being no response to the boy's calls, a neighbour who heard him shouting went in, and soon found the girl lying in one of the passages on her back, and dead. There was a small punctured wound on the right side of the neck, cutting through the jugular vein, and this had evidently been inflicted while the deceased was down, the blood having flowed down the neck, and formed a pool under her head. Her clothes appeared to be in proper order. There were no marks of blood about the hands or face, and there were no signs of any struggle having taken place. The police having been summoned, there was soon much excitement in the locality, and Iredale, having heard of the discovery, immediately procured a companion and set off for Slaithwaite. Before arriving at the village they saw the two men Iredale had seen in the house, and whilst one kept them in sight the other made for the police station. Sergeant Ramsden and Police Constable Downes were informed of what occurred and arrested the men on suspicion, finding them in the Dartmouth Arms. They were immediately removed to Slaithwaite Police Station and searched. A small penknife was found on one, but nothing of importance was discovered on the other man. The names of those arrested are Joshua Lockwood, a stoutly-built man of between 35 and 40, and George Farnham, aged 25 to 30, tall, and slightly built. Both are respectfully dressed, and described themselves as agents in the employ of Mr. J.B. Law, photographer, of Ramsden Street, Huddersfield. When cautioned and charged, Lock wood said. "It's a bad job, but I know nothing about it." No bloodstains were discovered on the men's clothes, but there were patches of green on their coats, and the corridor where the body was discovered is washed with green, which comes off whilst being touched, whilst the walls of the lower passage are painted with paint which does not come off.