THE KYEBURN TRAGEDY.
further details. Dunedin, Aug. 5. Further particulars with regard to the Kyeburn murder state that the outrage seems to have been committed early on Wednesday morning. The door of the house was burst open by large stones and knocked off its hinges. Three stones found inside the house are from 301bs to 501bs in weight. Two of them are; covered with blood. A Chinaman, who was occasionally employed by the deceased, was the first to give the alarm. Deceased appears to have been able to speak at this time, and asked him to go for assistance. On the neighbors arriving she was asked who did it, whether a Chinaman or European, and she led them to understand that it was a Chinaman, but at this time it is uncertain whether she was unconscious or not. A messenger was sent to Naseby for medical aid, and Sergeant Morton, accompanied by a constable and Dr. Whitton, immediately left for the scene. The house was found to have been ransacked, and the deceased in her night dress was lying on a mattress on the floor. She had been lifted from her bed. A serious wound was discovered on the left aide of her head, several of her ribs were smashed in and her collarbone was broken. A hay fork was found near the house. No money or valuables appear to have been taken away. Over LIOOO in deposit receipts and L4O in cash •were discovered. The object of the murderer was evidently to plunder, and although all likely places were turned out the murderer missed it, as it was kept in a place in the kitchen known to deceased alone. Mrs. Young died from the injuries received at about 1.30 p.m. yesterday. She was universally respected, was kind and obliging, and she contemplated returning to Scotland very soon.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 136, 7 August 1880
THE KYEBURN TRAGEDY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 136, 7 August 1880
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