[The Editors request that Members will oblige by sending full newspaper reports of all cases of interest as published by the local press at the time of the Assizes.]
Reg. v. Coombes.—“The Plaistow Murder.”
Robert Allen Coombes, 13, was indicted for the wilful murder of his mother. The facts, which were not disputed, were of a very revolting character. The prisoner and his younger brother, Nathaniel, æt. 12, had for some days discussed the murder of their mother, who appears to have treated the boys not unkindly. On July 4th prisoner purchased a knife and concealed it. Early on the moraine of the 8th he stabbed his mother twice with it while she was in bed. He had slept with his mother, and said that she had punched him during the night. He took money from his mother's purse, and accounted for his possession of it and for her disappearance by a series of ingenious and elaborate lies. He wrote a letter to the cashier of the company in whose employment his father was, asking for money on the ground of his mother's illness, and backed up the application with an old medical certificate, from which he tore the date. He wrote another letter to his father, in which he accounted for his mother not writing by saying she had hurt her hand. He also wrote an advertisement for an evening paper, asking for a loan of £30. The two boys agreed that the elder should stab their mother when the younger gave a signal by coughing twice. On the morning of the murder and after the crime they went together to Lord's Cricket Ground.
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