The Mangawhare Murder
[per press association.]
Auckland, September 10. Henry Puncke was indicted to-day at the Supreme Court for the murder of Constable Neil McLeod. at Mangawhare, on the 31st July. Prisoner's counsel objected that Funcke was insane, and unable to plead or comprehend the proceedings. Ihe jury were accordingly sworn m front of the bystanders to try the I question of prisoner's sanity. Drs King and Moir deposed that Funcke was insane, but Dr Philson, on the other hand, swore that he was perfectly sane, ; and a man of more than ordinary intelligence. J. Reston, chief gaoler at Mount Eden prison, and Warder Russell gave evidence to the effect that accused had appeared to them to be quite rational. The jury were a long time unable to agree, but at i ngth returned a verdict that accused was sane. The trial will, therefore, proceed to-morrow.
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The Mangawhare Murder, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2515, 11 September 1890
The Mangawhare Murder Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2515, 11 September 1890
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