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United Press Association—Per Elec'ria Telegraph Nelson, July U There was a tragic ending of a Court case &fc Murchison this morning. Mr Kenrick wns holding a sitting in Downie's Ball, Hutchison, and the hearing of a case, Nemo against Sewell, for the recovery of two head of cuttle, was proceeding when Sewell became violently exoitGd and made a remark that aroused the suspicion of the Court. The Magistrate thereupon reasoned with Sewoll, and advised him to go outside and calm himself. Police Inspector WiJaon and Constable Scott followed Sewell with the intention of arresting him, and whilst the Inspector was talking to him Sewell fired an explosive which wag in his waistcoat pocket. Inspector Wilson was injured by the explosion and Elijuh Bunn was Beriooßly injured, whilst several bystanders were knocked senselos3. Inspector Wilson and Mr Bunn were standing alongside Sewell and Constable Scott was standing behind the Inspector. Sewell's body was blown to pieces, portions being picked up a hundred yards away. Downie's Hall was considerably damaged, and the windows in several houses along the street were broken. But for the Magistrate having advised Sewell to leave the Court a greater catastrophe must have occurred, for had Sewell fired the explosive in the building the heavy timbers of the roof would certainly have fallen upon the people below. Dr Conlon, of Reef ton, has been sent for to attend the injured. Mr B'.inn has regained consciousness, and his recovery is regarded as hopeful.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6622, 15 July 1905

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A MAN BLOWN TO ATOMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6622, 15 July 1905