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"Wbluroton, June 3, One witness deposed that shots would hot likely be heard, as tbe wind was blowing away from tbe nearest houses, Df Oahlll said that as'soon as he noticed the stabs he suspeoted murder but said rtjtblog until the body was taken to the naorgao. Ther9 he found a large number of sabs, one of wbloh divided tbe jugular vein. Tbe wounds were thick tbout the neck and shoulders and appeared made from above and forwards. One out severed the lower j twbone. On the trunk there were more than a doz m stabs ; m fact the oorpie was slashed all over. There was also a gunahot wound In the lower part of the neck Immediately above the shoulder. One stab penetrated to the heart, All the wounds were clean cut, and be believed they were produoed by a double-edged weapon, also they were all broader at the anrfaoe than the interior of the body. He believed the Instrument must have. been sharp, twoedged, tapering, strong, and at least five inches In length.' Ho believed the portions shot off the coat »nd vest must have been torn away by a bullet fired from above, which passed through the coat and struck a kalfe or something hard m the vest pocket. There was a oootuston corresponding with where a knife would havo been. The shot from behind must have been fired when both were on a level, and not two yards away. Many of the wounds wonld oause death almost immediately.

Inspector Thompson produced a dagger found by the police (without mentioning how It was obtained) and Baked D Oahlll whether the wounds oould have been produced by that weapon. Dr Onblll said : " Tes. Any of the stabs cou'd have boen tnfllotei with It. The loqa°afc was ndjinrnnd for a. week.

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A BRUTAL MURDER AT WELLINGTON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2142, 4 June 1889

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A BRUTAL MURDER AT WELLINGTON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2142, 4 June 1889

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