Burton, Thomas

Burton, Thomas        1868 March 28th         Semley

An inquest was held on Wednesday last, at Semley, by Mr J M Cardell, Deputy Coroner, on the body of Thomas Burton, aged 64 years, who was found dead in his house on the previous evening, with his throat cut. It appeared from the evidence that he was very rarely seen in the village, and kept very much to himself. He had been observed by his neighbours to be in very low spirits for some time past. On Tuesday last one of the neighbours, finding deceased’s door locked and the key inside, entered the house through the window, and found him down stairs, quite dead, with his throat cut, and an open razor clasped tightly in his right hand. Mr Bennett, surgeon, of Shaftesbury, who was sent for, stated that he had examined the body and found the windpipe and large vessels divided, which would cause almost instantaneous death. Verdict, “Killed himself whilst in a fit of temporary insanity.”

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