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KAIMATA TRAGEDY.

CLAIM ON THE MURDERER'S

ESTATE.

(Per Press Association.)

NEW PLYMOUTH, February 4. An echo of the Kaimata tragedy, in which Gladys Julian, Frank Smith and Edward Julian were killed by Frederick James Virgin, was heard in the Supreme Court to-day. Eva Julian, widow of Edward Julian, proceeded against the Public Trustee, for the value of the house and furniture destroyed by fire by Virgin. The children, Werner Julian and Dorothy Julian, who escaped.froni the house where, the crime was committed, again to!<l j the story of the murder, with harrowing details. The case for the defendant was that there were no facts to prove that Virgin wilfully caused the tiro. It was argued that although Virgin committed the murder, yet he was insane, and the fire might have been accidental. Mrs Virgin was called to prove that Julian's furniture was not so valuable as the plaintiff claimed. ' The jury returned a verdict for £720 damages. Mr Weston, for the defence, Risked for a non-suit on the grounds that there were no facts for the jury. The jury withdrew and again gave judgment for the plaintiff for £720. Costs will be fixed.'

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KAIMATA TRAGEDY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8786, 5 February 1914

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KAIMATA TRAGEDY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8786, 5 February 1914

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