February 25, 2006 at 7:03 pm #1798Agnes RidgemontParticipant
Saturday, February 25, 1871
Last evening Mr. C.C.Lewis, the Essex Coroner, resumed at the Ilford Gaol the inquiry respecting the murder of Mr. Thomas Galloway, aged 49 years.
Mr. Marsh, solicitor, appeared for the relatives of the deceased, and Superintendent Mason represented the police authorities.
Mrs. Ann Galloway, the widow of the deceased, said that on at Monday afternoon she was taken by the police to the West Ham police-station, and she there saw the prisoner Campbell. She picked him out from among several others, and she identified him as the man who had stabbed her husband with a dagger on the night of the 9th inst., in the Romford-road. Upon the night of the murder she had seen him distinctly under the light of a gaslamp.
. . . The CORONER said the history of the case was brief. Mr. Galloway returned home on the night of the murder, and went into the breakfast parlour to write. About ten minutes after his niece told him that his house was being broken into. He went out of the house, and one of the men stabbed him with a dagger. The verdict of the jury would greatly depend on the question of identity. . . .
The jury, after an hour's deliberation in private, returned the following verdict:- “We find that the deceased, Thomas Galloway, was wilfully murdered, and we find Michael Campbell guilty of murder in the first degree; and we find John Galbraith and a man unknown guilty of murder in the second degree.”
The prisoners were then committed for trial.
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