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Thomas WINGETT, Manslaughter, 1897

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This Thomas is almost certainly the Thomas WINGATE of the Kingsbridge tree who was born c. 1819 and who died one year after this case in 1898, aged 79.   He married late and had no children that we are aware of and ended up in the Workhouse after his wife's death. 


List of Prisoners

The Devon County Assizes will commence on Monday next, and will be held before Mr. Justice Mathew and Mr. Justice Vaughan WILLIAMS.  There are no prisoners for trial for the city.  The list for the county is as follows:- William Crick CROCOMBE, forgery, East Down, Barnstabple; Henry REYNOLDS, publishing libels concerning John Dunning PRICKMAN, Okehampton; Annie CROUCH forgery at Dawlish; Hubert SOLLEY, manslaughter, at Littleham, Exmouth; Alfred RICHARDS, burglary at Blackawton, Richard DAVEY, stealing at Bulkworthy, Bideford; Charles beachy KAY, taking an umarried girl out of the possession and against the will of her father at Bishopsteignton; James Clarke BERRIMAN, John BERRIMAN, and John BAILEY, indecent assault at Hartland, Bideford; Thomas WINGETT and William DAMARELL, manslaughter at Kingsbridge; Edwin Alfred CORMACK, murder at Devonport; Catharine CORMACK, aiding and abetting the latter prisoner; Charles TURNER, indecent assault at Plymouth; Alfred CARTER, burglary at Plymstock.

- Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England),
Wednesday, January 27, 1897; Issue 9224



Alleged Manslaughter at Kingsbridge Workhouse

Thomas WINGATE and William DAMARELL, old men and inmates of the Kingsbridge Union Workhouse, were indicted for the manslaughter of Frederick RAWLE, another inmate on the 27th December.  Mr. HAWKE prosecuted, and Mr. HURRELL defended. - The case was proceeded with against DAMARELL, and a number of witnesses were called, but without hearing the evidence for the defence the jury said they were of opinion that the prisoner was "Not guilty".  The prisoner was acquitted, and not evidence was offered against WINGATE, who was also discharged.

His Lordship remarked that it was a very sad affair, but there seemed to be not sufficient evidence to connect either of the men with it.  He hoped the death would lead to better care being taken of lunatics or imbeciles in the Workhouse.  There should be some competent authority to look after them. (Applause.)  It was not right that they should be left alone.

- Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England), Tuesday, February 2, 1897; Issue 9229.



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