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THE WAITARA SENSATION., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909
THE WAITARA SENSATION.
\ C ASE FOR THE DEFENCE. f EVIDENCE OF INSANITY. ' (By Telegraph.-Press Association.) NEW PLYMOUTH, Friday. The Supreme Court was crowded again __• .tornoon when the hearing af the SjfSKrt Dr. Edward Jonathan S, of Waitara, of having murdered St Ellen tenner on December 14 - resumed Accused was defended lV._gT?. Skerrett, K.C., of WellingroS:rasS'^^^- t c - H ' wes - grocer, of Waitara, Jre an instance in which during a conflation with witness on the latter s accused drew a revolver and ired a shot into the garden. Witness iold him he had " better put a stop to that game." Accused put the revolver away, and went home. John Russell said that on one occasion at Waitara Post Office, when Dr. Goode was not sober, witness said to him, "Good evening doctor," and accused replied "You ay good evening to mc? If this was gouth America I'd shoot you!" He put his hand towards his hip pocket to draw his revolver, but witness got away quickly. ■ Herbert Taylor, veterinary surgeon, said he was at Dr. Goode's houfe. about one o'clock on Sunday, December 13. Accused wanted witness to kill a dog for him. Accused warned him that people were watching him, and cautioned ihim to bewaTe of them. He arranged to poison the dog next day. On Monday _c got there at one o'clock, and saw the doctor. After poisoning the dog, accused looked very bad, and appeared very excited. They went to the surgery together. Dr. Goode proposed they Ehould have a drink, and witness sat down. There was a whisky-bottle on tbe table. Accused started walking round the table, and said: "This if no gooc! to us." He then got hold of the whisky bottle, and waved it TOund, and threw" it on the sideboard. Then he said, "Come into the diningroom, and we'll have a drink in there." Witness tried to get out of it, but Goode said, 'You'll have to have a drink with mc ; come on." He caught witness by the collar of his coat, and shoved him in to the diningroom. Accused locked the door and closed the windows. Then he poured out two tumblerfuls of whisky. Accused drank his neat, but witness spilled some out. Almost at once accused suggested another drink, and insisted on witness drinking a tumblerful oi whisky. Accused drank his right off, and then started talking again about fox-hunting. He sat straddled on a chair, as if it were a horse, and suggested that witness should jump over | the table. He was whooping and hallooing as one would when hunting. Ac- I cused suggested still another drink, but \ witness refused point blank. Goode tried ■to force him to drink the whisky, and I they rolled together on the floor. Ac- I cused lurched and fell by the side of the table, and witness unlocked) the j door, and stepped out into the passage. Accused protested against his going, and seemed very loth to be left. His state was bordering on delirium tremens. Accused endeavoured to persuade him to return and "make a night of it." .Robert Martin Beattie, superintendent for tbe past 1_ years at tbe Auckland 3lental Hospital, said he had had thousands of cases of insanity under his care. On February 8 he examined Dr. Goo_e ' in New Plymouth Gaol. Accused gave him the impression that he was a chronic alcoholic. He had tremors in the facial muscles and tremors in the hands. His face was flabby, and showing enlarged Wood vessels. The eyes had lost their lustre to a large extent, and the heart had an impure sound. His speech was blurred and thickened. Accused's whole intelligence was impaired, and he seemed simple and childlike in his replies to questions. His power of grasping even 6imple questions was very small. There was general mental confusion and considerable impairment of memory. He found also that Goode was suffering from delusions of persecution and suspicion. As a result of the examination, _c concluded that the man Was undoubtedly insane. He was suffering from chronic alcoholic insanity. The seat of , the trouble was of some months', prob- i ably some years', duration." In all cases of alcoholic insanity, where there were I delusions of persecution, outbursts of I violence were to be expected, and for I that reason patients so suffering in asylums were put under careful supervision, and regarded as dangerous. Knowing tliat Dr. Goode had had bouts of excessive drinking, that his full brother was insane, that he suffered from delusions I of persecution and of being watched, and that impulsive murder had taken place, he would say that he was insane -t the time of the tragedy, and would | not know the nature of the act. He j had been insane for some time, and the stimulus of alcohol would induce an aggravation of the condition. ° I To Mr. Weston: He would not say there was hereditary taint in a family from the mere fact of one member dying • in a mental asylum as a result of me'lan- j cliolia. There was no epilepsy in this case. He was quite positive Dr. Goode | lad absolutely no recollection of the ciime. I Mr. Weston quoted the evidence of a witness who said that about the third i oay after accused was brought to the gaol he said to the witness, "I want you I to see the police about a revolver that I this woman had in her bouse." Witness I was asked if that did not suggest that I the man knew a good deal about the j offence. No. I put that down to de-h-Sion, though his memory might have been revived by sufficient stimulus. ■Mr. Weston: He had the highest of all stimulants. He saw Mrs. Klenner lying there on her death-bed telling how the deed was done and her depositions were being taken. Should he not have I recollected? Witness: He might have done, but he didn't. He-examined, witness said that homicioal frenzy in the case of the insane was w brief duration. He had not- come flown from Auckland specially to make & n examination in February. He was spending a holiday in the district at the time. An adjournment was taken at 5.45 till | IK o ciock next morning, the jury bein--agam locked up for the night. | = I
THE WAITARA SENSATION., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909
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