Conisborough Murder Charge – Youth Sent for Trial

October 1925

Mexborough and Swinton Times October 3 1925

Conisborough Murder Charge
Youth Sent for Trial
Defence Reserved


The police court hearing of the charge of “wilful murder” against George Temperton, the 17-year-old Edlington mineworker, was held at Doncaster on Wednesday, when Templeton was committed for trial at the assizes for the murder of Violet Emily Turner, the 23-year-old married woman living apart from her husband, whose body was found under Conisborough by adult, on Temperton’s instructions, on August 24.

Temperton was defended by Mr. W. L. Crawford, and when formally charged, replied “I reserve my defence and plead not guilty.” Mr. P. R. Pashley, for the director of public prosecutions, said that on Aug. 22nd Temperton and Mrs Turner took lodgings Rossington is a married couple. They returned to Edlington two days later following a visit of tempting’s mother and sister in law. On that same night Templeton left his home, and Mr Turner, and later Templeton called with a bleeding throat at a house at Conisborough and informed Leonard Harvey that he had “done his woman in under the viaduct.”

The evidence was that Templeton took a razor from his pocket and said “I have done it with this.” When charged on September 23rd with murder he said “I have nothing to say at present” he admitted that he attempted to take his own life.

Eight witnesses were called by the prosecution, including Mrs Turner’s mother, and Leonard Harvey, a Conisborough miner to whom Templeton first made his alleged confessions.