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"On Wednesday morning, Dr. Birt Davies, the Borough Coroner, held an inquest at the Hen and Chickens, Moseley Street, respecting the death
of Benjamin Collins, a butcher, 41 years of age, who resided at 120 Moseley Street, and who committed suicide on Sunday last, under the following circumstances :
Charles Collins, the brother of the deceased, stated tbat he last saw the deceased alive about half-past six on the 16th September. He was then in his own shop, and
seemed very low spirited. The deceased appeared to witness as if he did not know what he was about. He had been in a very desponding way ever since the death of his
sister, sixteen months past. He had been bound some time ago in £50., for a man named Samuel Hill, and Hill owed him a good deal of money. After his death a slate
was found in the room in which he committed suicide, and on it was written, in the handwriting of the deceased, "Samuel Hill is the cause of this; he owes me
£34." Witness noticed before the deceased committed suicide that he acted very strange, and he thought he was not quite right. Deceased shut his shop at six
o'clock on Saturday night, and though people knocked at his door to be supplied with meat, he would not open his shop to sell them any. He attempted to destroy
himself eight years ago, when suffering from small-pox. Witness had no doubt that the crime was the deceased's own act. Thomas Leddington stated that he lived
in the Moseley Road. The deceased was in the habit of coming to his house on a Sunday morning, as they were very intimate friends. Last Sunday the deceased did not come.
Witness felt surprised, and went down to his house. He made inquiries in the neighbourhood about the deceased, but no one had seen him, neither had he opened his shop
in the morning, as was his custom. Witness said to friend of his that he happened to meet that he should like to see if the deceased was in the house. Accordingly they
went round to the back of the house of the deceased. They found the window not quite fastened. They then got through it into the house. The clothes of the deceased were
lying on a chair. They went up to his bedroom, and when they opened the door they saw the deceased hanging by a scarf from the bed-post. They cut him down, but he
was quite dead and cold. There was no appearance of any struggle with another person. The Coroner briefly summed up, and the jury returned a verdict "That the
deceased committed suicide whilst in a state of insanity."
"Shocking Suicide in Moseley Street?"
Aris's Birmingham Gazette : September 23rd 1865 Page 7
"At the Birmingham Court Police Court today, before the Stipendiary [Mr. Kynnersley[, C. Roberts , baker, 57 Birchall
Street, was charged with being drunk, disorderly, and using obscene language. He was also charged with assaulting Police Constable Henry A. Madeley and Alphonso Green,
by kicking them, in Birchall Street. On Saturday night, the accused was behaving in a very disorderly manner in the street named. Green aud Madeley were called upon to
quell the disturbance, and owing to the prisoner's obstinacy were obliged to apprehend him. On the way to the Moseley Street lock-up he acted more wildly than
ever. He was handcuffed, but, he kicked both his captors, and the officers received many injuries to the legs. When the prisoner had been lodged in the dock, Green
proceeded to unfasten the handuffs, and immediately fell backwards. A medical man was promptly in attendance, but the constable expired before assistance could be
rendered. This morning superintendent Stephenson applied for a remand till tomorrow in order that a post-mortem might be made with a view of ascertaining whether
deceased's death was in any way produced by the assault. The remand was granted. An enquiry was held into the cause of the death of Green this afternoon afternoon
by the Coroner [Mr. Hawkes]. Police Constable Madeley explained the difficulty he experienced in assisting deceased to get Roberts to the station. Before they
could get him to the station they had to get the assistance of two firemen and carry Roberts to the lock-up. The prisoner kicked witness and deceased several times.
Inspector Gibbons stated that whilst Madeley and deceased were engaged in removing the handcuffs, Green gasped "Oh," and fell to the ground insensible and died
in a few minutes. Brandy was applied to the forehead. Mr. Hawkes: "Did you administer any brandy?" "No, Mr. Hawkes, I suppose the Watch Committee
know no more how to deal with a dying man than this water bottle." [Laughter] "Do the Watch Committee provide stimulants for fainting persons?"
Witness: "No, Mr. Hawkes, it would have been a wonder had you said they did, considering they are under the Town Council." [Laughter]. Superintendent
Stephenson explained that there was plenty of brandy to have been obtained from at the house adjoining the station." Mr. Hawkea replied that because Superintendent
Stephenson happened to be a sensible man and kept a supply of brandy in case of necessity, it was nothing at all to do with the Watch Committe, whose duty it was to
ensure stimulants were kept for emergency cases. Another officer explained that the deceased's teeth were tightly clenched, and it was impossible under the
circumstances to administer brandy. Dr. Jolly stated that death was due to failure of the heart's action, which could have been produced either by natural
excitement or physical exertion. The jury returned a verdict of "Death from natural causes."
"Sudden Death of Constable"
Birmingham Mail : June 27th 1887 Page 3