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samuel rowney night watchman murdered? early 1960s manchester centre.
« on: Friday 25 March 16 21:27 GMT (UK) »
has anybody any info on this incident . or who did it and what happened to him/her .ive heard it was asia/india house.apparantly he was my granddads brother.thank you. ro net

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Re: samuel rowney night watchman murdered? early 1960s manchester centre.
« Reply #1 on: Friday 25 March 16 21:38 GMT (UK) »
Have you got the death certificate? There is only one registration coming up on FreeBMD: Samuel Rowney aged 63, Jun qtr 1961 Manchester 10e 7.
Ayr: Barnes, Wylie
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London: Pierce
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Re: samuel rowney night watchman murdered? early 1960s manchester centre.
« Reply #2 on: Friday 25 March 16 22:25 GMT (UK) »
The Times, Friday, Mar 03, 1961
Sidney Singleton, aged 17, of Woden House, Regent Road, Salford, was remanded in custody until March 10 at Manchester Magistrates' Court yesterday charged with the murder of Samuel Rowney, aged 63, night watchman, whose body was found in a lift shaft at Asia House, Manchester, on Tuesday.
Chief-inspector Machent said that Singleton, in a statement, admitted striking the night watchman with an iron bar, in an office on the ground floor, and then taking him seated in a chair, from the office to a lift, where he took him to the fifth floor. Singleton had said he again struck the night watchman agout the head with the bar.

The watchman was found hanging head down in the lift shaft.
The Times, Tuesday, May 02, 1961 reported that he was found guilty of capital murder, on May 1st, and was ordered to be detained until her Majesty's pleasure is known, and only his age prevented him from the death penalty.

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Re: samuel rowney night watchman murdered? early 1960s manchester centre.
« Reply #3 on: Friday 25 March 16 22:27 GMT (UK) »
Hi

There is a probate record for him

SAMUEL ROWNEY of 8 Grantley Street, Longsight, Manchester 12, died died 28 Feb. 1961 at ASIA HOUSE . Princess Street, Manchester. Probate London 27 April to Charles Harold Rowney, rotary assistant.
Effects: 1567  3s.

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Re: samuel rowney night watchman murdered? early 1960s manchester centre.
« Reply #4 on: Friday 25 March 16 22:34 GMT (UK) »
The Times, Friday, Mar 24, 1961, has a report of the trial, apparently Singleton was employed at Asia House.

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Re: samuel rowney night watchman murdered? early 1960s manchester centre.
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 26 March 16 00:27 GMT (UK) »
Jings......so sad & shocking  :o

I wonder what his motive was with a man so elderly & probably unable to defend himself  ???

Annie

ADDED......I wonder what became of Sidney Singleton?
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Re: samuel rowney night watchman murdered? early 1960s manchester centre.
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 29 March 16 23:08 BST (UK) »
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ADDED......I wonder what became of Sidney Singleton?

You must have read my mind!!
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Re: samuel rowney night watchman murdered? early 1960s manchester centre.
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 29 March 16 23:22 BST (UK) »
Somebody else was asking this question back in 2007

https://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070711125455AArf1EH
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Re: samuel rowney night watchman murdered? early 1960s manchester centre.
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 30 March 16 08:55 BST (UK) »
ADDED......I wonder what became of Sidney Singleton?


He could still be alive, born 1940's, and may have changed his name.

Stan

Date changed as this person is likely still very much alive
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