Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Today in the Pace case: 15 May

Tuesday, 15 May 1928: 11th sitting of the coroner’s inquest, in Coleford.

After brief testimony from police Superintendant J. Shelswell and a recalled Alice Sayes, the main event of this sitting is testimony by Beatrice Pace herself, who denies giving poison to her late husband.

At the end of her testimony, she breaks down. As reported by the Dean Forest Guardian: ‘the policewoman handed her some smelling salts as she began to sob and bury her face in her hands.’ (18 May 1928, p. 7)

The inquest is adjourned for a week. It is anticipated that a verdict will be reached at the next session.

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