Mary, the wife of John Bennet

On sunday last the Coroner’s Inquest sat upon the Body of Mary, the wife of John Bennet, who was found dead in a cellar belonging to his dwelling house, near the East-Gate in this Borough, with her throat cut, on saturday night last, in consequence of which her husband was apprehended on suspicion of having murdered her, and committed to prison for further examination. It appeared to the Jury upon the evidence of one Goddard, brother to the deceased, that he went to Bennet’s house about 8 o’clock on saturday night, that he found his brother and sister in the house, his brother fast asleep by the fire side, that he stayed some time and that his sister requested him to fetch a pint of Ale from a public house about a hundred yards from the place, that he returned with the ale in a very short time and found Bennet still asleep in the place where he had left him, that he could not be certain whether he saw his sister or not, but he believed he did, and that he thought he remembered her taking the candle away and going up stairs; that he still continued in the house with Bennet, who sat asleep until about 10 o’clock, when a person came for a pair of half-boots, on which Bennet awaked, and finding the room in the dark, asked Goddard where his wife was, who replied he did not know, but thought she took the candle up-stairs; Bennet then lighted a candle, went up stairs in search of his wife, not finding her there he went into the street and called her; from thence into a back-yard, where they had a cellar, and looking into it he saw his wife at the foot of the stairs, when he called to Goddard in great agitation and surprize, who came instantly, but he found her dead. Bennet during this time called some of the neighbours, and run for a surgeon, requesting he would come urgently, saying “his wife lay at the foot of the cellar stairs all in gore blood, but he knew not how it happened.”—The surgeon went directly, and found the woman dead and her hands cold, and supposes she must have been dead half an hour, that under her head where she was found lay the broken remains of a chamber pot and a candlestick.
++Three surgeons were examined touching the cause of her death, and all deposed, that it was occasioned by a wound of an inch in length in the inner jugular, given with some blunted instrument of which she bled to death.
++One of the surgeons when he was first called, (knowing this unhappy woman and her husband had lived on disagreeable terms together) had caused the house to be searched for knives and other instruments wherewith he supposed this murder might have been committed, but found none.—
++The Jury brought in their verdict Accidental: and that she came to her death by a fall in going down the cellar-stairs, and her neck pitching upon part of the broken pot, which stood up on end when found, and had penetrated the skin and occasioned the wound of which she died; and were well satisfied as were the bye-standers, that not the least degree of imputation of guilt fell upon her husband, who had been generally condemned as the supposed murderer; and was therefore in consequence ordered to be discharged.