March 22, 1833

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At the Norfolk Assizes, at Norwich, before Mr Justice Bolland, Mary Wright, aged 28, was found guilty of the murder of her husband and of Richard Darby, by poisoning them at Wighton, and was sentenced to be hanged on March 26.

Pregnancy was pleaded, and a jury of matrons were empanelled, who returned a verdict adverse to the prisoner. By direction of the Court, she was examined by Messrs Crosse, Scott and Johnson, surgeons, upon whose certificate she was respited generally.

The prisoner on July 11 gave birth to a female child and sentence was afterwards commuted to transportation for life. The unfortunate woman died in Norwich Castle on November 1.