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DESPERATE BURGLAR.

SHOOTS A HOtjIEHOLDER.

AND BATTERS A TOLICESfAN.

RIUNNING 'ri<MT a WITH ■f - p-j |j . iVERS.

RECOGNITION, OF PLUCK.

SSSDNEY, April 2. Ladore," the residence of Mr. Russell Sinclair (of the> 4rii j& HVHdridge and! Sinclair), in . North! Sydney, on the heights overlooking Neu-' tral Bay, was the..sc/me yesterd'ay°morning. of ,an I encounter with a' "burglar, r'as the result of which Mr. Sinclair waashot twice in the groin. His assailant escaped from the house, and when putsued by Constable Gates, shots wer6 exchanged in the street, and finally! before the man was capturedi.he ueat trie constable so badly about the bead with the .butt-end of his revolver : that the wounds thus receiyed.required 23 stitches.' About five o'clock in the morning "the intruder ."was heard, moving (Jbout the grounds* at "Ladore." 'it "is supposed that he tried -unsuccessfully rto: gain- an entrance to the'house by climbing a-fig-, tree, from the .'.branches of,' which hemight have reached_a bedroom window. Two young ladies who were awakened in one pf the rooms heard the noise *$■ of a light fall, but 'paid.*little. attention to it at the time, presuming that a cat had leaped to' the ground from the tree. However, the man obtained a ladder ly-: ing in the grounds, and resting \i against some lattice-work, c-limbed through the,window of a room where one of the; boys was sleeping. \ - • • HIS PRESENCE IHSCOVEREp... The first person in the house to dis--cover Ms presence was Miss Amblin, whose attention was. aroused by the striking of a match outside her bedroom door. When she called : out, "Who's there?" she heard the-sound of quickly receding, footsteps. Rushing out: into the" passage, she, too,, struck a match, and saw a strange man in a grey suit hurrying off. The girl, with admirable presence of mind,. called Mr. Sinclair. "The stranger was now r'un-j ning down the stairs,' and Mr. Sinclair, | who promptly ran out of his. room, when; the alarm was given, set out after him.,

Mr. Sinclair ran out through the back door into the grounds, .and, perceiving no sign of the man, .thought he had escaped. On his way back to the house he heard a noise in the kitchen, and found him there. ' '' '

A STRUGGLE IN THE KITCHEN. . The stranger, -who to be looking for means of egress,..saw that his retreat was cut off. Pointing a- revolver, he threatened to shoot. ~- Mr Sinclair, bravely closing with him, though unarmed, knocked the muzzle of the revolver upward, and, the-trigger being pulled At that moment, the shot went,into the ceiling. The two men struggled in the dim light of the dawn, scattering the furniture about as they fell together; but the assailant, retaining his hold Of the weapon, firfed twice, the bullets lodging in Mr Sinclair's groin. Thus rendered helpless, Mr Sinclair collapsed, and the man escaped. All this happened very quickly, but meanwhile the household, thoroughly alarmed, and of course desperately anxious as to the outcome of the conflict, telephoned the police. ENCOUNTER WITH CONSTABLE GATEP. It was after his escape into the streets that the fugitive waged another fight, this time with the coustable who arrested him. When Constable McDonald and J. G. Gates, who had been on duty all night, learned of what had happened, they were in the vicinity of Milson's Point. They decided to. return.to the ferry to acquaint the constable on duty there of the facts, and warn him against any suspicious-looking persons who might attempt to board the steamer. They took different directions; and Gates, not long after they had parted, perceived a man leaving the yard of a house some distance away from Sinclair's. Watching this man, he at last accosted him near Jeffrey-street.

The stranger, who kept his right hand in his pocket, replied that he was on his way to visit someone in Carabellastreet. Gates then inquired why he kept his hand in his pocket. - His answer-was that this was a habit he had. Almost at the same moment he drew a revolver, fired, and then bolted. The shot missed Gates,- and he started on after the man, .who, .while ■he ran. turned and fired again twice, but still without effect. Gates then fired, and the exchange of shots was kept up. The policeman was not hit, but it was afterwards shown that one of his bullets grazed the fugitive's neck, causing a slight flesh wound. • When Gates, still in pursuit,'reached his quarry near Lcwington-place, a -hand-to-hand fight ensued. The man gave Gates a blow with the butt-end of his revolver and partially stunned him, but Gates never allowed his prisoner to elude him. While lie was endeavouring to handcuff him, the constable was furiously attacked, blow after blow being delivered about his head with the butt-end of the revolver. The man actually got free, but Gates, gallantly refusing to he beaten off, followed him, and was joined by a civilian, who had been alarmed by the noise of the conflict. Finding the chase hot, the fugitive dashed down into Lew-ington-piace. Here he was finally captured, the cons-table getting the handcuffs on him.

Senior-constable McDonald and Constable Jackson took charge of the prisoner, whilst Constable Gates was assisted by Constable Pollard to the residence of Dr. Studdy for medical treatment. MR. SINCLAIR'S CONDITION. Last night Mr. Sinclair's condition, was still satisfactory, as he was in no immediate danger. He is to be ■ removed from his home to a private hospital today, and it is probable .that an operation will be performed for the extraction of the bullets.

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DESPERATE BURGLAR. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 84, 8 April 1909

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