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Inquest - George Brewin 1914

Loughborough Herald - 12th February 1914

A Quorn Sensation
Collector's suicide by drowning

The circumstances attending the death of Geo. Brewin (27) of Barrow-road, Quorn, formed the subject of an inquest held at the Railway Inn, Barrow, before Mr H J Deane on Monday.

Fred Brewin, painter of Quorn, identified the body as that of his brother, who was collector for the Barrow Medical Association. Deceased had been missing from home since December 12. Mary Hannah Brewin said deceased was her step-son, and lived with her. He left home about 9.am on December 12 with his bicycle and two bags. He said he was going to Dr Skipworth, whom he ought to have visited each week. He said he would be home again early in the afternoon. On December 11 Dr Skipworth told her deceased had not visited him as requested. Up to that time she did not suspect there was anything wrong with his accounts. A few days later Dr Skipworth called again, and told her there was some trouble. Deceased was paid a fixed sum as wages but did not draw them for three weeks. As far as witness knew, deceased did not do any gambling. He was not a man who could face trouble. "It was shame that killed him," added witness.

Charles A Flint, pleasure-boat proprietor, Barrow, spoke to recovered deceased's body from the River Soar. Witness thought he must have got into the water within 400 yards of Barrow bridge, because there had not been a sufficient stream of water to carry such a large object past the weeds in the river between Quorn and Barrow.

Alfred Johnson, landlord of the Bull's Head Inn, Quorn, said on December 12th deceased came to his house about 11.30, and stayed there till 7.30pm. During his stay in the house he had several bottles of beer, some bread and cheese and oxo at dinner time, and some tea in the afternoon. It was quite unusual for deceased to stay for such a long time. When witness locked up at night he noticed deceased's bicycle in the yard. Deceased seemed rather quieter than usual, but there was nothing markedly different about him, and he played a fair game at billiards in the afternoon.

PC Johnson said when deceased body was brought to the bank witness found the bag and satchel produced strapped to his body. In deceased's overcoat there was a large brick in each of two pockets. Witness had since seen Dr Skipworth, who told him that it was deceased's duty to account to him for the money he collected on behalf of the Medical Association. Deceased was requested to go and see Dr Skipworth on the day he was first missed. As he did not go he was requested to appear before a committee of the Medical Association, with respect to his accounts.

The jury returned a verdict of suicide, there being not sufficient evidence as to deceased's state of mind.

   
 Submitted on: 2010-12-15
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1038
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