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VERDICT OF MANSLAUGHTER AGAINST A DOCTOR.

Invercargill, July 3.

An inquest was commenced at Winton yesterday, and terminated to-day, touching the death of a woman maned Cameron, wife of a labourer at Winton. The evidence shows that on Monday last, deceased was taken in labour, and that on the evening of that day Dr. Moffatt was called in to attend upon her. He remained with her until Tuesday morning about two o’clock, by which time the woman had reached an exceedingly critical stage. At this hour he threw up the case, saying he must have some rest. He carried out this resolve and never went near the house again and the case was attended to by Dr. Hannan of Invercargill. A post mortem examination on the body of the unfortunate woman revealed the fact that death had primarily resulted from a rupture, but when the rupture occurred the medical witnesss could not say. The jury, after hearing a lot of evidence, returned a verdict of “Manslaughter” against Dr. Moffatt, on the ground that Mrs. Cameron’s death had resulted from his gross criminal neglect and unskilfulness.

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VERDICT OF MANSLAUGHTER AGAINST A DOCTOR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 122, 6 July 1880

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