Ireland Old News
THE WATERFORD NEWS; 25.5.1924
Richard Hamilton a young ex-British Navy man aged about 28 years, made an unsuccessful attempt to end his life by cutting his throat with a razor on Sat night last. From the facts it would appear that at about 8 O'Clock Hamilton and a younger brother aged 18 years were in their home at No.4 New Street. The younger boy went out to fetch a bucket of water, and on his return he was horrified to find the older many lying on the floor in a pool of blood. There were five separate gashes from which blood flowed copiously on the left side of the unfortunate man's neck between the end of the ear and the top of the shoulder. He was in a collapsed and very weak condition, and was only semi-conscious.
A priest and doctor were quickly summoned and the latter ordered the man's immediate removal to the Waterord Co. and City Infirmary.
At the latter institution it was found that the wounds were not as serious as at first supposed and after his injuries had been dressed Hamilton was certified to be insane and was transferred to the Waterford Mental Hospital where he now remains.
To a gap in the razor used is attributed the fact that such a determined
attempt to commit suicide proved futile. Acorss this gap presumably with a
view to making the razor more effective for shaving purposes Hamilton had
placed a small piece of cloth or linen, and the assumption is that meeting
with this obstruction as it was drawn across the throat the razor failed to
cut through. Had the edge of the razor beeen intact it is doubtful if
Hamilton would be alive today.
Submitted by jan
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