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O S Map 1907

O S Map 1907.

 

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United Press Association—By Electric Telegraph. (Received 22nd March, 10 a.m.)

MURDER OF MOTHER. HARRY FOX CONVICTED. SENTENCED TO DEATH.

END OF ROOM 66 CASE. LONDON, 21st March.

Sydney • Harry Fox was found guilty at the Old Bailey and sentenced to death for the murder of his mother, Mrs. Rosaline Fox, in Room 66 at the Hotel Metropole, Margate.

The trial, was the most sensational for years, the scene of the crime being reconstructed in Court, and expert witnesses giving evidence as to the effects of strangulation on the victim.

The Crown's case was that Fox insured his mother's life for £3000 the day before she was found dead in the hotel, and that he strangled her and then set fire to the room. The Judge's summing up occupied two and a quarter hours. Dealing with the conflict of medical testimony, he said that it was impossible to offer the jury assistance. It was a curious coincidence that a brittle bone referred to by the experts was unbroken. It was a strong point in favour of Fox that the unfortunate parts concerned could not have been better preserved.

He referred to Fox's extraordinary life, going from place to place without money, and declared that, the financial straits of Fox had a very direct bearing on the case. The insurance policies were the kernel of the case. Fox journeyed to London to take out policies when he had barely sufficient money to pay his fare. Undoubtedly, if his mother died by accident before midnight on 23rd October Fox's position would be changed from despair and difficulties to one of affluence.

The jury were absent for ninety-two minutes.

Asked if he had anything to say, Fox replied "I never murdered my mother." He reeled as he left the dock.

The mysterious death of Mrs. Rosaline Fox, whose body was found in Room 66 at the Hotel Metropole, Margate, on 23rd October last, with the carpet nearby smouldering, led eventually to a charge of murder against her son, Sydney Harry Fox, a medical student, aged 30. The inquest resulted in a verdict of death by misadventure, but inquiries by a private detective on behalf of insurance companies liable under policies taken out by the son, led the Margate police to seek the aid of Scotland Yard. The body of Mrs. Fox was exhumed, and examination by Sir Bernard Spilsbury confirmed suspicions that the deceased had met a violent death by strangulation, before the fire took place.

 

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