(per press association.) Oamarit, July 7. A most deliberate suicide took place here about nine o'clock this morning, when Richard Bennett, aged about fifty, shot himself through the heart with a rifle. Deceased had been for many years chief accountant for George Sumpter, and was an old soldier, and an exLieutenant of Volunteers, having been connected with the latter force for many years. He was observed this morning bringing the rifle with him to his office, and a junior clerk, noticing that he went upstairs to a room used for Volunteer purposes, told Mr Stumpter's storeman. This man suspecting that all was not right, proceeded to the room in question and just as he opened the door the fatal shot was fired, the bullet going through the heart. Deceased was sitting in a chair, and had placed the muzzle of the rifle against his vest, the butt resting on the ground, a piece of string being tied to the trigger, and the other end being attached to the toe of his boot. The reasons for the rash act are variously stated. An inquest will be held later on.
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SUICIDE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2460, 7 July 1890
SUICIDE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2460, 7 July 1890
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