From the London Times, regarding George Cecil Murray Tinline (b. 1895).
6 Nov 1920, page 7
WEST-END MOTOR ACCIDENT.
MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE AGAINST
At Bow-street Police Court yesterday, GEORGE CECIL MURRAY TINLINE, 25, no occupation, of the Curzon Hotel, Curzon-street, W., was charged with being drunk while in charge of a motor-car, and with “feloniously killing and slaying” Ernest Waterhouse, aged 30, a chemist, of Mare-street, Hackney, by knocking him down with the car. Mr. J. D. Cassels defended.
A police-constable stated that at 11.20 p.m. on Thursday he was called to an accident outside the Trocadero Restaurant, and found two men lying in the roadway, one of whom was unconscious. The defendant, who was drunk, was standing in front of a motor-car, and said, “All right; I’ll give myself up. I am the driver.” At the station he called in his own doctor, and he was also examined by the divisional surgeon, who certified that he was drunk. It was not foggy where the accident occurred, and there was not much traffic.
The defendant was remanded on £100 bail.
11 Nov 1920, page 11
PICCADILLY-CIRCUS MOTOR SMASH.
Mr. Ingleby Oddie yesterday resumed an inquest at Westminster on the body of ERNEST WATERHOUSE, 32, chemist, of Mare-street, Hackney, who was killed in a motor accident in Piccadilly-circus shortly before midnight on November 4. The driver of the car, George Cecil Murray Tinline, is under remand, charged with manslaughter. Mr. Curtis Bennett, K.C., who represented Tinline, said it was denied that he was drunk at the time of the accident. He had been twice blown up in France and had suffered severely from shell shock. He was invalided out of the Army, and afterwards served in the Royal Irish Constabulary. The jury returned a verdict of “Manslaughter” against Tinline, who was committed for trial on the Coroner’s warrant.
18 Nov 1920, page 9
“FOR PRESS REASONS.”
POLICE EVIDENCE OMITTED BY
At Bow-street Police Court, yesterday, before Mr. Graham Campbell, GEORGE CECIL MURRAY TINLINE, 25, no occupation, of the Curzon Hotel, Curzon-street, W., was charged on remand with being drunk while in charge of a motor-car, and with “feloniously killing and slaying” Ernest Waterhouse, aged 30, a chemist, of Mare-street, Hackney.
Mr. Curtis Bennett, K.C., and Mr. J. D. Cassels defended. Mr. Edmond O’Connor and Mr. Oswald Hickson held watching briefs.
Mr. A. F. Rowe, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, said that the case for the prosecution was that the defendant was drunk and that he was driving recklessly at a speed which had been estimated at between 30 and 40 miles an hour. The defendant had told the police that he was a sergeant in the R.I.C., but it now appeared that he joined the constabulary last October, and after a fortnight was discharged as medically unfit.
A police constable who arrested the accused was recalled, and in cross-examination said that in his evidence he omitted to mention that the defendant told him he was a sergeant in the R.I.C. This was omitted on instructions from a superior officer.
Mr. Cassels. – Why?
The constable. – For Press reasons, I understand; so that the Press should not get it. It was not considered material to the charge.
The MAGISTRATE remarked that it was very desirable that what a person said on arrest should be fully stated in evidence, especially in cases of drunkenness, as it might assist the Court in forming an opinion as to whether the prisoner was drunk or not.
The defendant, who was stated to have been twice invalided from the Army with shell shock, was again remanded on bail.
2 Dec 1920, page 11
MOTORIST SENT FOR TRIAL
At Bow-street Police Court yesterday, GEORGE CECIL MURRAY TINLINE, 25, no occupation, was committed for trial on charges of being drunk while in charge of a motor-car and “feloniously killing and slaying” Ernest Waterhouse, aged 30, a chemist, of Mare-street, Hackney. Bail was allowed. It was alleged that while driving his car from a night club in the Curzon Hotel the defendant knocked down Waterhouse and two other persons near Piccadilly-circus. The speed at which the car was traveling was variously estimated by witnesses at from 30 to 40 miles an hour. Mr. Curtis Bennett, K.C., for the defendant, said that it was disputed that he was drunk or that he was driving negligently.