23rd July 1900
Reference Numbert19000723-487
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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487. HENRY CARR , for the manslaughter of Henry Syrett.

MR. O'CONNOR Prosecuted.

AMELIA SYRETT . I live at 22, Carr Street, and am the widow of the deceased—he lived there with me—on Wednesday, June 6th, I was at my door when my husband came home about midnight—it was the anniversary of our wedding—we had been married 19 years—on the Sunday before, the prisoner had knocked at our door late at night—when my husband came home he said he should like to know why the deceased had knocked at our door, and he went to Carr's door and knocked twice—my husband came half of the way back when the prisoner came out and said, "Did you Want me, Bill?"—my husband said, "Yes, what did you come and knock at my door for on Sunday last?" and he tapped him on the arm—Carr said, "Don't you shove me, old boy"—he had not been shoved—Carr said, "Do you want to fight?"—my husband said, "Yes"—Carr said, "Come on, then," and he began to spar, and before my husband had a chance, he hit him once on the throat and once on the eye, and down he went—he stayed down about five minutes insensible; I thought he was dead—we got him into the house to bed—he would not go to the hospital, but he went on the following Monday—I think he died on June 18th—the prisoner called on me on the Sunday night before the death of my husband, while he was in bed, and said, "How is your husband?"—I thought he had come to apologise—I said, "Very bad"—he said, "Is not he dead yet?"—I said, "No"—he said, "Then fetch him out; I mean killing him, and getting my own back"—they had never had a quarrel—my husband was drunk; if he had been sober he would never have gone to Carr's.

HENRY THOMAS PRICE . I am a labourer, of 31, Carr Street—about 12.15 a.m. on June 6th I was standing at the corner of Marone Street, near where the prisoner lives—I saw the deceased knocking at the prisoner's door with the knocker—he knocked four times, I think—the prisoner came out, and the deceased said, "I have come to know what you have been knocking at my door for, in the middle of the night"—the prisoner did not say anything at first—then he said, "I came to ask you to chastise the girl whom you have there"—he said the girl had been saying wicked things against his wife—the deceased said, "What have you been striking at my door for?" and the prisoner struck him on the left eye and the jaw; there was no sparring at all—I did not hear Carr say, "Do you want to fights?" or the deceased say "Yes," or Carr say, "Come on, then"—the deceased tried to hit the prisoner after he had been hit the first time, but the prisoner knocked him flat on his back—I said to the prisoner, "You ought to he ashamed of yourself; you see how he is"—he was drunk—we helped deceased up.

GEORGE PRYOR . About 12.45 a.m. on June 6th I was standing at my door—I saw the deceased go to the prisoner's door, which is next to mine—the prisoner came out, and the deceased struck him in the chest—there was no challenge to fight, except on the deceased's part, who said he was waiting for him; I do not know what for.

WILLIAM NOTT (Police Inspector). I arrested the prisoner on June 18th, the day the deceased died; but before the deceased died, in consequence of a statement made by Mrs. Syrett, I told him I should arrest him for assaulting Henry Syrett on June 6th—he replied, "Yes, that is quite right; I have been expecting you for two or three days; he came to my door and knocked; I opened it, and he struck me, and I struck him, and he fell; I had a child dying at the time"—he made no reply in answer to the charge at the station.

EDWARD GOLDBY . I was Assistant Medical Superintendent at Bromley Asylum—on June 13th the deceased was brought to the hospital—he presented symptoms of injury to the brain; the only external sign was an abrasion to the back of the head, which might have been occasioned by a fall or a blow—he was admitted on June 12th, and died on the 18th—he should have been attended to before—I made a post-mortem examination, and found the skull was fractured for about 4 in. at a part corresponding to the external part; that caused bleeding to the brain, which caused death—I attribute the death to the fracture of the skull—it might have been caused by his falling on the pavement—it is doubtful if he had been attended to earlier whether it would have made any difference to his condition—he was not conscious the whole time he was with us—it is probable that he had been conscious, because the day before his death he became suddenly worse—he was a very healthy man.

The Prisoner, in his defence, on oath, said that he went to his door to see what the deceased wanted, who said he wanted to fight; that the deceased hit him in the chest, and he shoved him; that he did not mean to injure him; that lie hit him again, and he (the prisoner) shoved him again, and he went down on the kerb.


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