ALLEGED ATTEMPT TO MURDER
(Per Press Association.)
WELLINGTON, February 5. I At the Supreme Court to-day^ before the Chief Justice (Sir Robert Stout), three counts were preferred against Patrick Russell, all of which arose out of the same set of circumstancess: (1) That, on November 3, he attempted to murder John Cullen, Commissioner of Police for the Dominion; (2) That he took part in a riot in Taranaki Street; and (3) That with intent to do actual bodily harm to Cullen he discharged a revolver loaded with destructive material. ■"'-... Accused pleaded not guilty, and" was defended by Mr P. J. O'Regan. On the night of November 3 last, a riot occurred in the vicinity of Mount Cook Barracks. In the end a hose had to be turned against a section of the crowd. The prosecution alleged that during the riot the accused turned a revolver on the Commissioner of Police, and discharged seyeral shots from under a shop verandah. It was stated by the Crown Prosecutor (Mr P. S. K. Macassey) that while awaiting the Magistrate's Court proceedings, accused, unknown to the prison authorities, managed to shave off his moustache while in gaol. After evidence had been heard, Mr O'Regan said the defence would not call any evidence. Counsel addressed the jury, stating that not a single witness called by the Crown had been able to positively identify the accused as the man who had done the shooting. The jury retired at 1.15 p.m., and returned at 3 o'clock with a verdict of not guilty on the first and third counts, but guilty on the second count. Prisoner was remanded for sentence.
William George Cockell. pleaded not guilty to taking part in a riot "in Featherston Street on November 5. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty. Carl Johnson was charged with taking part in the same riot and with assaulting special constables. The jury found accused guilty on the first count and not guilty on the second. Johnson was remanded for sentence.
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STRIKE CASES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914
STRIKE CASES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914
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