Thursday, 26 April 1928: 5th sitting of the coroner’s inquest, in Coleford.
Testimony from acquaintances of the Paces continues, with two fellow patients who had known Harry while he had been hospitalised the previous year, Arthur Smith and Edwin Morgan, describing Harry’s state of mind while he was ill.
The main testimony is provided by Inspector Alan Bent of the local constabulary. Beatrice’s first police statement (given to Bent on 15 February) is read aloud. Further comments are given by Rosa Kear (an ‘uncertified midwife’ and neighbour of Beatrice and Harry) and Matthew Hoare, who bought some lambs from the Paces the preceding August.