ON THIS DAY ……… 5th February 1936

A remarkable, story of an alleged attempt to poison a Brunswick married couple by sending them a poisoned pudding through the post was related at the Brunswick Court on the 5th February 1896, when Dorothy Davies, married, a needlewoman, of West Brunswick, was charged with the attempted murder of Harry Sumbler, confectioner, of Brunswick, and his wife, Margaret Sumbler. In evidence it was stated that Sumbler and his wife received a pudding by post on the 12th of December. After Mrs Sumbler took a bite she thought it tasted bad and spat it out. A small quantity was given to a kelpie dog, which died within an hour and a half. Expert evidence was given that ground poisoned wheat had been sprinkled over the pudding and that analysis showed that the pudding contained sufficient poison to produce death in an adult. The police produced a statement alleged to have been made by Davies, admitting the crime, in which she said that she had known Sumbler for many years. She used to help him look after his shop and did other work for him. Because there was too much work in the shop he obtained the services of Margaret O’Connor, whom he married last year. Because of the way he treated her and took a fancy to Margaret O’Connor she became aggrieved with both him and her and in December decided to send to Mr and Mrs Sumbler a pudding with something on it to make them sick. She got some poisoned wheat she had for poisoning mice. She ground the wheat into powder, sprinkled it on top of the pudding, and replaced it in the cover. She intended only to make the Sumblers suffer as they had made her suffer. She did not know it would kill anybody. Sumbler told the Court that after his marriage Mrs Davies was aggressive towards him and he told her that it would be best for her to stay away. Once he had an argument with her and she went towards a gun. On numerous occasions she had threatened him, and once she said she would put a bomb on his roof. He denied having proposed to Mrs Davies.