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Wellington Tragedy




Wellington, October 2. The evktoncc of several lfids who were present when Smith-.met his death showed that all of the party were sober. When it was.seen.the Culestinls had knives m their possession, oneof the young fellows pulled a stout paling oiF.fche fence close at hand,;*and as it was afterwards, found covered with is supposed tba't this was oiie of the weapons with which the wounds were inflicted on the";: Chinaman Sam Koy, afc present m tho hospital. None of the young men would swear that the two Chinamen m custody, were those who were holding Smith down on the road f although three or four of them said tlies .believed Tom Hung was the man who had Smith by the feet. Several of the witnesses admitted that they had thrown stones on the same hut; on a previous occasion. Some difficulty was experienced m ascertaining the exact particulars of the affray, as some of the young men declined to answer some of the questions put to them on the ground that they might criminate themselves. The young fellow who struck o;ne of the Chinamen on the head with the long rail owned up to it, and said he adopted • that course to compel the Chinamen to relinquish their hold o«. Smith. The evidence given by the youths proved conclusively that the Chinamen had not been lying m wait for them behind the fence, and they did not come out of their hut until some time after the stones had been thrown on the roof. The person from whom the Chinamen had leased the house deposed that on tho night m question Young Bin and Tom Hung had come to his place and m an excited manner' told him that larrikins had. killed Sam Kpy... There was no blood on their clothes, and they said nothing about Smith. f ~«j Alfred Leevers, who lives near where the row occurred, identified Young Bin as dne of ;th3 Chinaman he saw loitering on the road after the fight was over. He noticed that Young Bin held something glittering m his hand, but admitted it was quite possible considering the time and place he met him that he could not have been present during the thick of the ucufflle. Constable Cruickshank stated that Tom Hung admitted to him that he had taken part m the fight, but Yung Bin said the row was over before he arrived on the scene. Witness searched the hut m which I he arrested the men, but wan unable to find vany weapon which could have., in*' flicted the wound on deceased. In company with ,Detectiv« Kirby he had since made another search of the whole neighborhood but without sr«3ess. Addressing tho jury the Coroner remarked on the weakness of evidence as to who inflicted the fatal wound, but still he thought they had sufficient evidence before them to come to a verdict, The jury, after three-quarters of an hour's deliberation,, brought m a verdict of wilful- murder- against Sam Koy, Tom Hung, and Young Bin. A rider was ridded calling the attention of the authorities to the larrikihism existing at the Hutt. The Coroner committed the men for trial at the next sitting of the Supreme Court. Two of the accused were brought into town to-night and lodged m gaol. The third, Sam Koy, who was severely knocked about m the row, is still m the Hospital. ,

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Wellington Tragedy, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2534, 3 October 1890

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Wellington Tragedy Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2534, 3 October 1890

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