Freeman's Journal

13 June 1856

  Death by a Needle Puncture at Bristol — A few days since we gave some particulars of a extraordinary occurrence to an Irish labourer, named Patrick HAGGERTY, who, while romping with a widow woman in New-street, St. Philipís forced a needle which had been stuck in the front of her gown so deeply into his person as to render and operation for its extraction necessary. Up to Friday last HAGGARTY had gone on so well that confident hopes of his recovery were entertained. In the course of the afternoon, however, severe symptoms of pneumonia set in, and increased so rapidly that on the following day the poor fellow died. A post mortem examination showed that the needle had grazed the lung, and occasioned mortal injury to that organ. A coronerís inquest on the body was held on Saturday, when the jury returned a verdict of accidental death. — Bristol Mercury

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