Unsolved Murders

Thomas Leigh

Age: 36

Sex: male

Date: 21 Oct 1933

Place: Wigan Fairground, Wigan

Thomas Leigh died from head injuries. A man was tried for his murder but acquitted.

Thomas Leigh was a steel worker and had lived on Silver Street in Wigan.

The man that was charged with his murder was a hawker who had lived in a caravan in Wigan.

It was said that they had had a fight at the Wigan Fairground and that the man had knocked him down and kicked him.

Thomas Leigh died a few days later from heart failure due to pressure of a blood clot on the brain. After the fight he was taken to hospital but had refused to stay there and went home and then went to work the next day.

Thomas Leigh's widow said that he had told her that he had gone to the fair and had gone on the swinging chains and had caught his head.

At the trial it was heard that the man on trial had said to Thomas Leigh that he would not allow him to come out with bad language to his wife and that he had then tupped him twice. It was heard then that he had taken off his coat and kicked him twice on the temple and five or six times in the groin.

At the trial the judge said that it was not a case of murder and that it should be tried as manslaughter, but after the jury heard the man's evidence the jury stopped the case at the direction of the judge and the man was acquitted.

see www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

see Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 05 February 1934

see Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 27 November 1933

see Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 05 February 1934

see Gloucestershire Echo - Monday 27 November 1933

see Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Monday 27 November 1933

see Dundee Evening Telegraph - Monday 20 November 1933

see Illustrated Police News - Thursday 15 February 1934

see Western Daily Press - Friday 01 December 1933

see Aberdeen Press and Journal - Tuesday 06 February 1934

see Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Tuesday 06 February 1934