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Murderous Attack On A Clergyman.

A murderous outrage was committed on Bth August, on the Rev. J. Y. Rooker, vicar of Lower Gonial, near Wolverhampton in a grocer’s shop, in the presence of several witnesses. About two years ago Charles Hartland, a builder in a respectable position, was convicted by the bench of which Mr Rooker was chairman, of indecently exposing himself, and sentenced to a term of imprisonment. He had since threatened to be revenged, but the vicar took but little notice, and Hartland was soon reinstated in his position as leader of v-he church choir. On Friday lie and Mr Rooker met in the grocer’s shop, and after «u interchange of some friendly remarks t-ho prisoner was turning to leave the shop, when Hartland drew a five chambered revolver, and fired point blank at the vicar, who was only a few paces from him, the bullet entering the back of his neck, and he threw up his arms, exclaiming, “I am shot!” Hartlaud fired a second and a third time, both shots taking effect, and then made off towards his house, announcing his intention of giving himself into custody. His victim’s wounds are so serious that no hopes are entertained of his recovery. Hartland was subsequently taken before the Bilston magistrates and remanded.

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Murderous Attack On A Clergyman. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 20, 11 November 1879

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