It is just as well it does not

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What does "It is just as well it does not" mean?

{Sherlock Holmes said:}“I can understand. There is a mystery about this which stimulates the imagination; where there is no imagination there is no horror. Have you seen the evening paper?”
{Watson said:}“No.” “
{Sherlock Holmes said:}It gives a fairly good account of the affair. It does not mention the fact that when the man was raised up, a woman’s wedding ring fell upon the floor. It is just as well it does not.”

"A Study in Scarlet," by by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • kentix

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    English - U.S.
    The implication is he thought it was the kind of thing that would have been mentioned. He seems to consider it an oversight for a "fairly good account" not to mention it. But from his point of view in regards to solving the case he thinks it's a good thing. It will help him with his work, somehow, for that information not to be known to the public.
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