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The Lyttelton Times of this morning gives the following account of an attempted murder at Timaru ; A shocking attempt at murder was made on Wednesday night, in the neighborhood of LeOren street, Timaru, on the outskirts of the town. Although the affair caused great excitement in the vicinity, very little was generally known about it until yesterday. It appears that a Mrs Lucas, wife of a man employed in the harbor, was confined of her first child about two o’clock in the afternoon, and an hour'or two later Lucas threatened to kill her. As he had been in the habit of ill-treating her no special importance was attached to this threat, but the nurse took the precaution to hide his razors and the knives. Later on he re-entered the house and took away such money as there was, with which he went down town. About a quarter to 10 he returned, and entering the bedroom, locked the door, and, advancing to the bedside, informed his wife that he was going to kill her, and would do it in such a way as to cause instant death. Having vainly searched for a razor, he drew his pocket, knife, and going to the head of the bed tried to stab her in the neck, near the spinal cord. She put up a hand to ward off the blow, and in consequence her fingers were dreadfully hacked. He then stabbed her several times about the neck. Terrified at his action, the poor woman, with the temporary strength of despair, got out of bed, and the door, having somehow been opened, she got outside. Meantime, the monster threatened to do for the nurse also, but she got away, and, favoured by the darkness, the pair escaped. They ran along the street screaming “Murder.” On reaching the house of a neighbor who had been aroused by the noise the poor creature fell faiuting at the door. The man opened the door, and instantly picking the woman up conveyed her to a bed in an inner room, and locked his door to prevent the brutal assailant from bursting it in, in pursuit. He then directed his son to mount hia horse and 'go for the doctor and the police. Dr Mclntyre and a body of police were soon in attendance, and the woman, whose deplorable condition may be better imagined than described, was at once attended to. I he doctor then (accompanied by the police) went over t > the woman’s house, to see what had become of the baby, which, in her flight, she had left in the bed. To their surprise, the infant was found to be uninjured. Search was then made for the scoundrel, who had committed this unnatural outrage. He had hidden himself in some willows, and ‘ was not found until two o’clock in the morning, when he was at once secured. He was brought up at the Police Court at 11 o’clock, and remanded to April 18th, when the Magisterial examination will take place. The affair created a profound sensation when it became known, and the utmost sympathy is expressed for the poor Wife," who lies in a most precarious state. The pair have bsen married six years, and their first child was the one torn yesterday. The man is of forbidding appearance, and has been known to illtreat his wife, who has always been looked upon as a thoroughly respectable, inoffensive young woman

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ATTEMPTED MURDER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1510, 10 April 1885

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ATTEMPTED MURDER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1510, 10 April 1885