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SYDNEY MURDER

NEW ZEALANDER ACCUSED.

! SYDNEY, April 24. The Tuck murder case has been keep- ; ins. tlie readers of the evening papers well provided with thrills for some time past, The latest development is tlie arrest of a youth who is said to have confessed to the crime.

Albert Spencer, a middle-aged remittance man. lived in a fiat in Elizabeth Street, and was said to be a person of degenerate habits. Among those who called upon him frequently was a sparely-built youth, of effeminate appearance.

One morning recently a housemaid found water running from Spencer's | room. She discovered the bath overflowing, and Spencer dead on the floor, his head' battered in. The police worked hard on the case. They discovered from voluminous correspondence that tlie man's name was Hugo Tuck, and he is believed to have been connected with the house of Raphael Tuck, London publishers. And as a result of the fetters, they industriously sought a youth named Boyle—he who called frequently at the flat. His description tallied with that of a youth who called on a. pawnbroker on the day of the murder and pawned certain articles, and who went to a second-hand dealer and wanted to buy a shirt.

! The next development was the discovery at The Gap, Watson's* Bay—the famous resort of suicides—of an old coat, with a letter in it addressed to " Whom it May Concern." The writer evidently wished to give the opinion that he was Tuck's murderer, " that the deed would be a lesson to a lot of young fellows to go straight," and that he was about to commit suicide

That night two young plain-clothes constables.. who had been working on the case independently of the detective branch, arrested a yomth outside the New Zealand Hotel, in William Street. They had discovered he was staying there, and they searched his luggage. As a result^ they waited several hours for him. and took him as he came" up with a girl.

Tlie youth made a statement to the police. He said his name ,was W. Boyle. and that his father was at the war. The family came from New Zealand, and he had been living with his mother in Adelaide Street, Surrey Hills, up to the time of the tragedy. He had been with Tuck, and he alleges that while lie was examining a rat-trap in the corner of Tuck's bedroom ,Tuck out his arms round his waist, arid a struggle ensued. There was a slingshot in the room, and he (Doyle) got hold of it and killed Tuck with it, in self-defence. Then he went to the bathroom and washed the bloodstainsi off his hands and clothes, but forgot to turn off the water.

...It is said that the writing in the statement in the letter found at The Gao, and in letters signed " W. Boyle " in Tuck's flat, are identical. Evidence of a. somewhat sensational character is expected when the case comes to trial.

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SYDNEY MURDER, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9600, 3 May 1919

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SYDNEY MURDER Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9600, 3 May 1919

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