1857 – Suspected Murder


1857 4th April

Suspected Murder

On Thursday morning the body of a man was found in the River Don, near the village of Conisbrough, about 4 miles from Doncaster.

An inquest was held the same day before Mr W.Marratt, coroner, and from the evidence given, it appeared that the deceased was a married man named Lambert, 49 years old, a Collier. He left home on 3 January, and had not been heard of since.

On that night he was at a public house at Rotherham and had a quarrel with two young men there, but he did not appear that they had used any violence towards him.

The surgeon who made a post mortem examination of the body spoke of wounds in various parts, and said that several of the front teeth were missing. In his opinion however, the injuries might have been occasioned by a fall. The public house in question is near the River Don.

The evidence as to the cause of death being imperfect, the inquest was adjourned until Wednesday the 8th inst.

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