Soldier accused of murdering his wife


A sensational affair happened this morning in the Park Street neighbourhood. A married woman named Amy Martin, whose husband is a soldier and who has been living at 6 Queen Square, was found lying in her bedroom with her throat cut.

Blood was all over the place and a knife - the ordinary jack knife carried by soldiers - was found in the room with blood on the blade. At that time deceased was still living, but she was bleeding profusely from the wound in her throat.

Mrs Amy MartinA neighbour came in to her assistance, and a doctor was immediately sent for. Dr C. T. Lewis came quickly, and managed to stop the bleeding. The woman was then taken to the Bute Hospital. There she was attended by Dr R. D. Bell, but death took place about nine o'clock.

Meanwhile, the woman's husband, Henry Charles Martin, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, had gone to Pc Hencher, who was on duty in Park Square, and made a confession, saying: "I have got to come with you. I have done my wife in." He said that his wife was being attended by a neighbour, so he was taken to the police station and detained.

Police officers visited the place, and after the woman (pictured, right, before her marriage) had been taken to the hospital, Martin was formally charged with attempted murder. Later the police were notified that Mrs Martin had died and the charged was altered to one of wilful murder.

When the police went to 6 Queen Square they found the woman, who is about 31 years of age, lying on the floor in her nightdress. The knife was found by a son of the deceased.

At ten o'clock this morning, Martin was charged before Mr A. B. Attwood with murdering his wife. He was not asked to plead, and stood with his head resting on his hands in front of the dock.

Pc Hencher said: "At 6.30 this morning I was on duty in Park Square and saw prisoner coming towards me in a very excited condition. He came straight to me and said: 'I have got to come with you. I have done my wife in.'

"I said: 'That is a very serious statement to make.' He said: 'It is true. I stabbed her with a knife. I believe she is dead. She drove me to it.' I asked him if anybody was with her, and he said: 'Yes, the next-door neighbour.'

"I brought him to the police station, and immediately went with Inspector Janes to the house. We found that the woman was wounded, but not dead. She was attended by Dr Lewis, and taken on the police ambulance to the Bute Hospital. I came back to the police station and charged prisoner with attempted murder.

"The woman has died," continued witness, "and I have charged him with feloniously and wilfully causing the death of Amy Martin by cutting her throat with a knife on October 4th. He replied: 'All I can say is I have been drove to it'."

On this evidence Chief Constable Teale asked for a remand until Saturday, and prisoner was remanded in custody.

The facts are being reported to the Coroner at once, and the inquest will probably be held tomorrow.

Murder accused off to gaolThe departure of the prisoner from Luton Police Station to St Albans was quietly arranged. The prisoner was taken in a local hotel 'bus to the Midland Station in custody of Inspector Janes and other officers, and he was then taken across the line (picture, right).

The man had no hat, and he presented a wild and haggard experience, and seemed to stagger along blindly. He was taken on the 11.7 am train to the gaol.

[The Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph special edition: Monday, October 4th, 1915]