The following is the report of the inquest into Maria PLANK's death.  It appeared in The Argus on Monday, 8th February, 1892.


Mr. J. E. Bush, Deputy Coroner for the Borough, held an inquiry this afternoon at the New England Inn, New England-road, Brighton, touching the death of Maria Plank, aged 73, who expired suddenly yesterday morning.

WINNIFRED RANDELL, of 7 Peel-street, said the deceased was her mother, and lived with a man named Tasker, at 8, New England-street.  Deceased was 73 years of age.  Witness last saw her alive on Saturday night, when they were shopping together.

FREDERICK THOMAS TASKER, 8, New England-street machinist, deposed that deceased was living with him as his wife.  She was his housekeeper and had been for about five years.  On Sunday morning about 8.30 soon after getting up she fell down.  She never spoke afterwards.  With the assistance of his landlord he placed her upon the bed and sent for a medical gentleman, who pronounced her dead. 

Mr. GOODE, surgeon, 5, St.Peter's-place, stated that he was called to see the deceased at 9.30 on Sunday morning.  She was dead.  He had since made a post-mortem examination and found that, the heart was extensively diseased, which was the cause of death.

A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was recorded.