Natural Causes Verdict

Tuesday, November 13, 1928


How a man died from heart disease while attempting to take his life was told at a Brixton inquest yesterday on Stephen Roberts (68), of Glenshaw Mansions, South Island Place, Brixton. Roberts, a retired draper, was found dead in a chair beside his bed. One end of a silk scarf was tied tightly round his throat, while the other end was fastened to the bed rail. Dr W.G Johnston said that there was a mark round the neck as if the man had fallen forward with his head in the noose, but the man died from heart disease. The Coroner (Mr Douglas Cowburn):

“This is not the first time I have had such a state of things. When people are going to take their lives they suffer from shock which acts on a diseased heart, and they die from heart failure before they have an opportunity of putting their design into execution.”

The coroner returned a verdict of death from natural causes.

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  1. Michael B. Gibson says:

    Trying to find out where I can obtain a copy of an inquest which was held August 16, 1923 into the death of Henry Martin who died August 15, 1923 at 34 Kinnoul Road, Fulham. According to a “Certified Copy of an Entry of Death: which I recently obtained from the General Register Office, England, it appear as though A. Douglas Cowburn was the Deputy Coroner at the time and issued some sort of Certificate. If you’re able to point me in the right direction, I’d be most grateful. Thank you.
    Mike Gibson

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