Date: 19 May 1955
Place: Bindon Mill, Wool, Dorset
Maurice Alfred Dominy and Percy Roy Dominy were found shot dead at Bindon Mill on 19 May 1955.
A third brother, aged 50, was injured in the shooting but survived.
An open verdict was returned.
The three men, all brothers, had been in business together and it was heard that business was not going well, however, the third brother that survived said that he did not know that.
The inquest heard that the injuries to Maurice Dominy and Percy Dominy were consistent with them having been self-inflicted.
The third brother survived the shooting and was taken to Dorchester Hospital after they were found by Maurice Dominy's daughter. She had forced her way into the mill after customers had told her that they could not get a reply to their knocking.
When she went in she found Percy Dominy dead on the ground floor among some sacks of grain and when she went upstairs she found the third brother and then her father, Maurice Dominy, dead in another room on the first floor.
A single-barrelled shotgun was found partly underneath Maurice Dominy.
Maurice Dominy had lived in Longmead, Bindon Road in Wool whilst Percy Dominy had lived in Seaforth Cottage in Church Lane, Wool.
Local Wool residents had said that they were puzzled by the tragedy, stating that, 'The brothers were inseparable. We just cannot understand what has happened'.
A friend of the brothers and their family said that Percy Dominy was a semi-invalid and that the third brother used to look after him. It was said that he no longer worked at the mill but would go there each morning with the others to spend the day there knitting.
At the inquest the third brother said that all three of them had been on the best of terms and that there had been no quarrels between them. He said that Maurice Dominy had done all of the accounts and that he had had no idea how the business stood.
He said that on the morning of 19 May 1955 he picked Maurice Dominy up as usual in his car. He said, 'He appeared to be perfectly normal and quite cheerful. He had his dog with him and something in a bag. He said it was a gun, and he was taking it because a customer was pestered with pigeons and he was going to lend him the gun. I was bending over the engine with my back to the door an slightly turned to the right when something happened to me. I didn't hear anything but I felt as if something had happened to my head'.
He went on to say, 'My brother had never said anything about suicide or that he was worried about the business'.
Wool was described as a Thomas Hardy village.
see Western Mail - Friday 17 June 1955
see Shields Daily News - Friday 20 May 1955
see Shields Daily News - Saturday 21 May 1955
see Coventry Evening Telegraph - Friday 20 May 1955