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Sarah WINGATE, shot by her cousin, 1871

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CRIMINAL CARELESSNESS

A deplorable accident, from culpable negligence in the handling of a gun, occurred at Addlelide, near Kingsbridge, Devon, on Saturday.  A youth named CRIMP, belonging to one of Her Majesty's ships at Devonport, was visiting his cousin, Sarah WINGATE, a girl of 17, when, observing a gun over the chimney-piece, he took it down, and, taking aim at the young woman, said, "Sarah, I'll shoot you".  The gun exploded, and the charge took effect on one side of the girl's face, which was almost completely blown away.  She now lies in great agony, and her recovery is very doubtful.  Of course, CRIMP, says he had no idea the gun was loaded.

- The Times, 5th April 1871, page 10, col 3.

 

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