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Emma Jane Davies

Post by Karen on Sun 10 Mar 2013 - 1:53

THE MURDER OF A LITTLE GIRL.
REYLAND COMMITTED FOR TRIAL.

Samuel Reyland, a labourer, of Oldbridge house, South Petherton, was brought up in custody at Ilminster police-court, on Saturday, and charged with the murder of Emma Jane Davies, at Yeobridge, South Petherton, on the 2nd inst.
Louisa Hosegood, cook at the Old Bridge house, deposed that the deceased came for some milk on the morning in question, at half-past eight, and left three minutes afterwards. The can produced was one in which the child took away the milk, but it was not then bulged in.
Eliza Chant, of Stratton, said she left her house at five minutes to nine, and went along Cottage-lane. On passing the field where the body of the murdered girl was found, she saw a man in the ditch. As she turned into the cross-roads she looked back and saw the man coming across the same field. As Shores-hill she again looked behind and noticed that the man was walking in the direction of Bower Hinton. On Friday she picked out the prisoner from a number of men as being about the same height as the man she saw in the field, and she would not swear that he was the man whom she saw in the ditch. - Evidence having been given to the finding of the body,
Dr. Walter deposed that he examined the body and he described the brutal injuries to the child.
Police-serjeant Francis produced a milk can, shawl, and a razor found at the scene of the murder, all bearing marks of blood. When arrested the prisoner, in answer to the charge, said he left home between half-past seven and eight. He went to Bower Hinton, and thence to Stoke, and did not hear of the murder until the evening.
Dr. Alford, county analyst, deposed that he received from the police some clothing taken from the prisoner. There were no bloodstains on the clothes, but on the hat there were several spots of milk. He found human hair on the coat and on the milk-can. One hair resembled the murdered girl's hair, another hair was dark, and the remainder very light.
Frederick Rockers, of Bower Hinton, stated that he saw the prisoner at Bower Hinton at half-past nine on the morning of the murder. The prisoner was in a great perspiration, although the morning was cold and frosty, and his boots wet and muddy.
Further evidence having been called to prove the movements of the prisoner on the morning of the murder, the magistrates committed the prisoner for trial on the capital charge.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, January 20, 1889, Page 7

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Re: Emma Jane Davies

Post by Karen on Sun 10 Mar 2013 - 3:06

THE YEOBRIDGE TRAGEDY.

Samuel Reyland was brought up at Ilminster Police-court on Saturday, and charged with the murder of Emma Jane Davies, at Yeobridge, South Petherton, on the 2nd inst. Louisa Hosegood, cook at Redbridge House, deposed that the deceased came for some milk on the morning in question at half-past eight, and left three minutes afterwards. The can produced was the one in which the child took away the milk, but it was not then bulged in. Eliza Chant, of Stratton, said she left her house at five minutes to nine, and went along the cottage lane. On passing the field where the body of the murdered girl was afterwards found, she saw a man in the ditch as she turned into the cross roads. She looked back, and saw the man coming across the same field. At Shores-hill she again looked behind her, and noticed that the man was walking in the direction of Bower Hinton. On Friday she picked out the prisoner from a number of men as being about the same height as the man she saw in the field, but she could not swear that he was the man whom she saw in the ditch. Dr. Walter described the injuries inflicted on the girl, and said death was due to the blows on the head and the cuts on the throat and neck. Further evidence having been called to prove the movements of the prisoner on the morning of the murder, Mr. Paull, solicitor, addressed the Bench for the defence, contending that there was no case whatever against the prisoner. The magistrates, however, committed the prisoner for trial on the capital charge.

Source: Hornsey and Middlesex Messenger, Friday January 18, 1889

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