Sergeant Harry Bailey Statements

Statement #1:

Harry Bailey says:- I am Detective Sergeant of the Liverpool City Police Force. At Doctor McFall and present in the house. I learned what had taken place and made an evidence of a forcible entrace but I could find tucked up against the body. It was much blood-stained and out of a fold of the mackintosh, retained the matches. Superintendent Moore then came into the room and whilst looking at the burnt on the left side. Mr. Wallace was then called into the room by the Superintendent and said to him, “Is this your mackintosh?”. Mr. Wallace did not answer. The Superintendent then said “Had Mrs. Wallace a mackintosh like this?”. Wallace did not reply. The Superintendent then said to me, I held up the mackintosh and the Superintendent holding the mackintosh open said “This is a gent’s”. Wallace then “If there are two patches on the inside it is mine”. I then showed him the inside of the mackintosh and he said, wore it this morning, but the wore my fawn coat this afternoon. Of course it “Hanging up in the hall at half-past one”. I could see blinds were drawn and appeared to have been ransacked.

In the kitchen on the floor under the book-shelf I saw evening “Echo” lay on the kitchen table. lady’s handbag. I afterwards found that it £1-5-10½ and in another compartment a contained some letters which were examined.

In the front bedroom I saw the In a jar on the middle bedroom I saw postal-order and a took a statement from Mr. Wallace in writing and he signed it. I afterwards returned to 29 Wolverton Street, and front of the skirt on the body was partly burnt, as produced, but there were wore her wedding-ring and a pocket inside her corsets, which was secured with a safety-pin, was found took possession of the skirt. took from the jar in the middle bed-room, the four £1 notes, the postal-order and a half-crown. On appeared to be blood. These I afterwards handed over to Inspector Gold. I was present at the house when Monday 26th January,1931, in test as to the time required to left the back door at 29 Wolverton Street at 6-49pm, turned [illegible] then to the right through a passage into Richmond Park, [illegible] over Richmond Park, through an entry into Esmond Street, then [illegible] by Castlewood Road and at the top of that road, in Belmont [illegible] I a request stop a few yards from Castlewood Road. It was left the back door of 29 Wolverton Street at 6-52p.m. and followed the same course, but walked from Castlewood Road to St.Margaret’s Church. I boarded a tram-car at 7-0p.m., at that corner and arrived at Smithdown Lane at 7-13p.m. [21 minutes]

Statement 03/03/1931:


I am a Detective Sergeant of the Liverpool City Police.
At witnesses MacFall and Moore present in the house. I examined the house for found none. In the parlour I saw the dead body of Julia Wallace. much blood stained.

On looking closely at the mackintosh I saw the the mackintosh was continued to stare at it. Witness Moore then said to me “Take it up”. I took hold of the no sign of disorder in any form with regard to the furniture and on the floor in that corner of the room I saw a half crown and two separate shillings W.H.W.20. On the seat of a chair which was partly underneath a table I saw the handbag produced W.H.W.41. It contained evening newspaper was on the kitchen table. The seen from the kitchen door as I entered.

Upstairs I went into the middle bedroom. I could see jar W.H.W.17 Later I went to Anfield Road Bridewell with the accused accompanied by witness Gold. The accused there made a statement to me which I took down in writing. I produce the statement W.H.W.47. The accused signed it.

I then returned to the house 29 Wolverton Street at about removed the body to the Princes Dock Mortuary. The deceased was wearomg a wedding ring, a small brooch on her eck and she had £1-__/- small pocket inside her corset. At the mortuary I observed that the skirt W.H.W.__ which the deceased had on was underskirt had no sign of burning.

Later, on the 2_st. January, I went again to the house 29 Wolverton Street, half crown and five shillings W.H.W.__, and the jar W.H.W.__ also the Postal Order and half crown. These Treasury Notes, Postal Order and half crown I later I observed a mark on one of the Treasury Notes – [Identification Code] – and I handed them to witness Gold, calling his attention to the mark.

On the a poker and a piece of iron missing from the parlour”. The accused replied 6-49p.m. turne left along the entry through a passage into Richmond Park, crossed Richmond Park, through another passage leading into Sedley Street, through Pendennis Street into Castlewood Road and in Belmont Road to the right of Castlewood Road boarded a tram car which had route I followed is shown in red on the plan W.H.W.15 turned to the right to walked to the tram stop in Smithdown Road around the corner from Tunnel Road. The tram stop was for cars going to Smithdown Road, Menlove Gardens and other places. The time was then 6-52 p.m. I travelled the route again to Belmont Road but [4 minute wait] I boarded a tram car to the same junction as on the previous evening and arrived at the tram stop for Smithdown Road at BY Mr. SCHOLEFIELD ALLEN, Counsel for accused :-

I walked on each occasion to the tram stop in Belmont Road. I think did not wait for or get on to a tram going to Menlove Avenue because I was not Instructed to. It would have been a waited for a car at Smithdown Lane corner and boarded the car going to Menlove Avenue and that then take the time.

I suppose is a poker in the kitchen grate at the house of 29 Wolverton Street. It was there on the night of the 20th. January. There was did not see the need for a piece of iron in the sitting room grate as described by witness Draper.

I understand there are position of the mackintosh in the photograph not the same as when I first saw it. It was not separate and apart from the body. When I held it up to the accused I true what the accused says about being on the best of terms with his wife. It is in that class of house.

I 11-_ p.m. o the 20th. January. It took about 20 minutes to take.

It was 21st. January when did not notice any blood on them. I noticed the marks which appeared to me to be blood about not easy to see the blood on the note. I don’t think there was more blood on [bank note with code] than now appears.

I have not seen the spot of blood in the bathroom.

With regard to the second last journey made no note of that time nor did I look at my watch.

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