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Wellingborough News, 7th November 1902, transcribed by Kay Collins
Elijah Robinson
Sad Suicide at Ringstead

Mr. J. T. Parker, coroner for the county, hold an inquest at the house of Mr. William Roberts, Ringstead, on the body of Elijah Robinson, formerly a carrier, who died from cutting his throat on Friday. Mr. John Bull was chosen foreman of the jury.

Sarah Ann Robinson identified the body viewed by the jury as being that of her late husband, Elijah Robinson, whose age was 62 years. He was a labourer, but had not been in good health of late. On the 31st ult. deceased said he was going out of doors, so that he could breathe more freely, and after fifteen minutes witness was told that her husband was injured. Deceased was usually cheerful, and suffered a good deal. The illness had prevented him from sleeping, also keeping him from work.

Fisher Baker, shoemaker, Ringstead, said as he was passing the window of the deceased's barn he heard a noise. Upon going in he found deceased lying on his side in a pool of blood. He saw the parish constable, who came and picked up a knife which was against deceased.

William Roberts, parish constable, spoke to being to being called by the last witness, and gave corroborative evidence. Deceased did not move after he arrived.

Dr. A. B. Harris, Raunds, had attended deceased for several months for consumption of the throat, and he would not have lived many weeks. The deceased was told that it was a hopeless case, and at times seemed very depressed. Death was due to the wound in the throat.

The jury returned a verdict of "Suicide whilst temporarily insane."

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