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DEATH SENTENCE WITHOUT TRIAL.

DRAMATIC COURT SCENE. Insisting on pleading guilty despite the advice of "the Judge, Henry Quartly (55), a builder of means, was sentenced to death at tho November Assizes at Taunton (Somerset) without a trial. Quartly, a well-known resident of Porlock, was charged with the murder of a neighbor, Henry Pugßley (59), a dealer. A day or two before the murder a police- court summons was taken out by Pugsley against Quartly, and on tho evening of Juno 3 ho was observed in his garden overlooking the village street with a double-barrelled gun resting on a wall. As Pugsley walked across to his house Quartly shot at him, and subsequently no fewer than 117 shot wounds wero found on Pugsley, who fell into the arms of his wife and "expired. Quartly dashed into his house and attempted to shoot himself. At the police court ho acknowledged the crime. There was a crowded court when Quartly was placed in the dock. Mr Vachefl was the prosecuting counsel, and Mr Duckworth defended. Prisoner pleaded "Guilty." —Judge's Advice Ignored.— Mr Justice Atkin : You are not obliged to plead guilty, you know. Prisoner : I know I am guilty. What is tho use of going all over it again? I know I killed the man, and that's an end of it. I shot him. His Lordship : The question is whether the whole of the evidence of the case ought not to be proved and inquiries made into your condition when you shot Pugsleg. I think you had better say " Not guilty." Prisoner : But there wore people there who saw me do it. Why should I squeeze out of it? I shot him. The Judge : You may have shot him, but it might be that the proper verdict is not wilful murder. Prisoner : Well, he died, anyhow. How can I say "Not guilty" when I did it? I don't want to be forced into a lot of lies. In a written statement Quartly said his wife had been all the cause of this trouble, and it was her that began it and left her husband to bear the burden of it. " Well, I shot him, and I must expect to be killed. I can only die once. I I fear no foe. I leave all my old friends | behind me, and I hope to meet them again some day. I hope they will cheer up and keep up their pecker." The Judge, i having assumed the black cap, then passed ! sentence of death. Prisoner, as he left the dock, shouted in a cheerful tone : I "Well, good-bye all." .

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DEATH SENTENCE WITHOUT TRIAL., Issue 15680, 19 December 1914

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DEATH SENTENCE WITHOUT TRIAL. Issue 15680, 19 December 1914

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