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THE CHERTSEY TRAGEDY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2041, 19 January 1889
THE CHERTSEY TRAGEDY
TEE INQUEST. An inquest was held at 2 p. m. yes'erday >efore Oapt. Wray, oorouer, and a jury of lix, ofwliom Mr J. Wells was obosen iorem n, • ' ' ; The^ following ovidenoe was balled :■— Bargt Feltot, Bergeant of ..Police at dishburton, stated tlu't at 3 p.m. oq tlio 17th iustant Francis Fahy came to the Polioe Station. He was very hot and excited, and said tbat he had ma up from Chertoey, a distance of 12 miles. He said that his wife had left him that morning; he supposed because ho had been cioss tbe nigh? before m conseqaecce of the children making a nose. Ha said that he bad searched for her bu; coald I find no trace, and ha supposed that she mast have gone to Timaru or Oaristchuroh . da asked witness if he w-uld take out a warrant against his wife for dt sorting her family,' and stated that ha bad three children, and he intended leaving his ; ome at 4 o'olock nea.t morning to look for work either at Holmes' or Coster's where he had worked before, and then the police could take his family and send them to Burnham. Witness told him not to go away^ill Oonßtabie Black, of .Rakaia, came up, m the morniag to mnkeenqaiiits about big wife. Fahy said th ,t ac would remain at his house till the oonetable oime. Fahy left the Police Station about 4 p.m. v He was or j ing all the , time, and . said that he felt heartbroken and could not live "without his ! wite, who was a good woman, and that for her sake h& did not drink now, not having tasted liquor for six weeks, fahy appeared to be quite sensible, but much hurl about his wife leaving him. He spqke. affectionately about his .wife and ouildren, but admitted striking her about six weeks ago but promised he would not do so again. He waß perreotly sober when he left, and showed no indication of having taken anything. He .eaid he was 36 years ot age, his wife 34, and he had been married 10 years, ii is wife's maiden name w s Wallace, and she had been cook for Mr Loughnin, at Obrittohturoh Witness ue'xt saw deceased m a*room at the Chertsey Hotel, deceased having just expired. Searched the body and fouud a aix-ohambsred revolver and half a di zin cartridges m one pocket, 14s 4d m mooey, a knife, pipe, and tubecoo One chamber of the revolver was loaded. There wa* a bul-let-hole through the rim of deceased's hat; Margaret Thompson, a widow living at the Village Settlement, kn»w Mary Faby, the deceased, who came to her bouae about 9 o'c ock yesterday morning. Witness asked her to have tea but she refused, tnd siid, that she could net liv* any longer with her husband as he had beaten the baby, bhe then asked witness to lend her a shawl so ifaat she might go to Kakaia, where she intended complaining to the constable. Witness advised her not to go, but she persisted. Witness gave her foarpence to make up her train faie from Rakaia. Wi ness saw her again about 7 o'olock m the eveniog after she had walked back from Bakaii. She refused some tea, sajiag that she had had •dme at. Welsh/a : r She said that she would hot go home, but would stay with] witness. About ha f past eight m the 1 evening witness met the husband who! asked where his wife; was, the endeavored go- induce him to Jive quietly with his wife but did'not say whers she was. Hes?a4 oiyiig violently, »'nd%ent! towards his home about 30 chains off. He was perfectly sober, but appeared much agitated, not* knowing where his wife was. That morning -deceased got out of bed about 7 30. Witnosß looked out of the door but saw nothing. About threequarters of an hour afterwards witness looked out hgaia and saw Funy, who was laughing loudly, running owards the bouse. Prior to tbis Mrs Fahy wanted money to go to Christohurch When Fahy w s lUDning towards the house witness advised the wife to tide under the eofft m. thq kitohen. Fahy entered the houS'itmcVsearoued till he fouud his wife. Mrs Fahy refused to go home with her buaband,; Baying- " No, Frank, I will not go' home' withy 3u ; you are not a wise man.'' He than coaxed her to come from under the Sifa, and said that he would give her all tbe money he had m his pooket He then handed ber his puree, and said that she need not open it, as he had paid . the mouey he owed the auctioneer* - She gave him back the Duree after opening it, and said **Yoa have not drunk co much ; you have not drank anything " Witness then ad vis. d them to go home ■ together just as the express waa coming m. Fahy looked outeido tbo door and saw Constable Black coming and said, " He's coming. Don't go outside Mary." He wanted to close the door, but witness requested him not to do so. Mrs Fahy wanted to go outside end her huab&nd tried to keep her it She got underneath hi* arm Bnd got outaide. Witness heard her scream, and looking outside saw that Faby had his arm round bis wife's neck, and had a revolver m his hand pointing at her head , ; ; He fired twice m rapid succession and soreamed out Witness ran out to hasten Constable Blaok when she heard a third shot which sh* thought waa fired at her; She looked round but saw nothing (She heard another eho*", and looking round »aw Fahy lying, oa his back on the road.i While Faby was m witness's hov e that inorning be talked very foolishly. >He laid to his wife that if she liked he would do awaj with himefllf. He raa4eno threats agaic^t his wifo, and witness h*d no idea he rvad> revolver m bis pocket, Witnesn did not thiok the man was quite right m his mind. Dr J. M. Tweed »^id that ijhat morning lie wai asked by the po'ioe to go to Chert jey. On arrival he found a man and woman lying dead at the Chertsey Hotel. Ihe woman bad threa bullet wounds, one )'d the left side of the abdomen, one m the chin, the bullet coming out on the side of tbe left cheek, and one wound on tbe right temple, the bullet penetrating to the brain } Either the wound oh the temple or that m the abdomen was sufficient to cause death. The wound m the chin was not mortal. The man had a wound on the right side of his head, penetrating to the biain. Fat ther back the bair was burnt, as if another ehot ha > been fired, but there was no wound. The wound u^ the. head waa the piusa of death. Fahy had just died when witness saw him Constable Blaok said that at midday on j tbe previous day Mary Fahy came to Rakaia and made a comp'aint against her husband. Witness arranged to go to Oherjsey the next morning. In the evening witness reoeived a communication from Sergeant Felton relative to Fr&ncis Faby, and asking him to make enquiries. Witness arrived et Chertsey by the express. When a.bout si^ or se^en bhain^ from Mrs Tborupson's bouse saw Fahy and bis wife strq^glin^ m the doorway. The woman was screaming. Fahy fired two Bljots at her while holding her. She fell to the ground, and Faby. taking deliberate aim, fired another shot at her. Mrs Thompson was running away from the house screaming. Witness made all hatto to. the rcene. Faby went off the section on to the road. Witness held up his arms and shouted so as to attract his attention. He looked towards witness aad mattered something wb;oh was inaudible! He pointed a revolver at his heid and .fired a shot which did not take effect, and before witness could oome up to him he fired a seoond, after which he fell to the ground. Witness was very close to him when he fell. Tne revolver had dropped from his hand, and witness took possession ofj it. Fahy appeared to be dead, and witness then went to his wife, whom he found to be quite dead. Witness then went to some plate'ayers on tbe railway close by' fpr auistaooe to carry t|JB Mfci -to tlw hp,t§r, Wfe«9
witness £Ot back to \?*i\y he fnnnd >w was still alive, and witnesi as soon as possible telegraphed io Sergeant Felton to send medioal assistance. < Dr Tweed and Bergt Felton arrived by the midday train. The Coroner asked toe jury t> o insider their ye diet. The evidence wns very clear as to tho facts of the occurrence, but it was for the jury to oonsider how ther verdict should ba framed. To his mind there appeared no doubt that the unfortunate woman had been doHberately murdered, and the suicide of the perpetrator was equally determined. The jury had to take into account what the stata of the man 1 * miad appeared to be, according to the. evidence, at the time. A jurymaa suggtsed that they might obtain evidence ai to where the revolver was purchased. The Coroner did not see any object m this. There might have been some use had the man been alive. Tn« Jury after half a minute's oonsulfation, returned a verdict that Mary Fahy had b«en wilfnlly murdered by her husband, A verdict of feh de ac was returned against the latter.
THE CHERTSEY TRAGEDY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2041, 19 January 1889
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