THE INJURED WARDER.
AUCKLAND, February 23. During the trial Joseph Anderson, warder in charge of the stores at the Mount Eden Gaol, stated that the store was situated in the basement, and was in close proximity to the tradesmen's gate. He 'always carried' the keys of this gate and another giving access to the.-outside world with him. On the morning of December 23 witness and a prisoner nanted Frisken were at work in the store. Wilson came into the store and struck him (the witness) a blow on .the back of the head with an kon bar, and immediately after there came; another blow, the effect of which was to stun him partially. He rose ■with the intention of grappling .wuthe prisoner, but he fell forward to the floor. As far as he remembered, he received three more blows on the head. While he was lying on the floor he felt Wilson's hand feeling for the keys, and at that he struggled to his feet, and, although he had no, recollection of it, got outside the door. Then Warder Bell appeared. Detailing his' injuries,' the warder said his forehead was cut open, necessitating four stitches, his head was cut over the left ear, and there were three wounds on the .back of his head. Further, his lips were split open, and the teeth of the lower jaw were loosened. The keys, had Wilson secured them, would have enabled him to open the'gates leading to the outside. Warden Colin Mac Donald stated that after the affray he heard the following talk between tile two accused :— Wilson : What did you do in that case down south when you tried to get away ? McQueen':'""What do you mean ? Wilson :' Did you plead guilty ? McQueen : Yes; I pleaded guilty in both Courts. I hadn't a chance of getting out of it. Wilson : That's why I'm pleading guilty. I-have, no-chance of getting out of it. McQueen : Yes; we'll both plead guilty. ■ Wilson: No; don't you plead guilty, or I .will' be charged with perjury. You've got a good chance of getting out of it, as you say nobody saw you in the office.
McQueen : I don't think so. But I tell you what. We'll both plead not guilty ,i« the lower Court, and, if we see we haven't a chance of getting out of it', .we'll plead guilty in the higher Court. .
-Wilson : Whatever you do, don't go into the box. We will make a statement from the dock. McQueen : How could they charge you with: perjury ? Wilisoh: I made a statement to the Magistrate. \ ■ McQueen : But you told me you didn't sign it. Wilson : No.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914
THE INJURED WARDER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914
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