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1969: Widow implicated in death of her sister

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

Widow, Mrs Dorothy Nield, 68, of Worting Road, Basingstoke, was last night committed by Basingstoke magistrates for trial at Hampshire Assizes, charged with causing the death of her sister. Mrs Rose Kathleen Stevens, of High Street, Cuckfield, Sussex, by dangerous driving. Mrs Nield was driving a car in which her sister was a passenger when it was involved in a collision with a lorry on the A30 at Water End, near Basingstoke. She was given bail in her own recognisance of £20.

Reading Evening Post, 6 August 1969

This is a very sad case. We can find no reports of the trial actually going ahead. Perhaps the charges were dropped on compassionate grounds. Losing a sister this way was punishment enough - coupled with the stress of a pending court case.

Photograph: Basingstoke Law Courts. .Wikimedia public domain image. No location for the future trial was given. The Hampshire Assizes may have been held at Winchester Castle at the time.

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.

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