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RICHMOND TRAGEDY.

HUSBAND'S TERKIBMI CRIME. A terrible tragedy occurred early In March In a cottage In Water-lane, Richmond, a narrow street leading to the Thames riverside. Here a labourer named Francis Hawkins, aged about 70 yeara, lived with his wife, who Is only about half ills age.- -The mau lind been out of work for some time, and his wife had kept tha home together by acting as domestic help nt bouses In the neighbourhood. Hawkins secured a day's employment with the Richmond Corporation In clearing away the snow In the streets, and the next morning bis name was called out for liirther work, but he did not answer. His wife beard of this, and she told him to go to the parish yard. She left the house on her dally rounds, bnt returned about ten o'clock to change her boots, and found her husband still at home. It is supposed that Ehe spoke angrily to him, conduct which Hawkins resented, with tho result that as the woman was bending down to unlace her boots he struck her several heavy blows with a meat chopper, and only desisted when the blade became detached from tho handle. The woman staggered to the passage, where Hawkins followed ber, and, armed with a hammer, dealt her a terrible blow, fracturing her skull. She fell to the ground with her head hanging over the front steps. A. waterman came to her assistance, and, as he was picking up the woman, the blade of the chopper whizzed past his head. Looking up he saw the husband disappearing up the stairs, where shortly afterwards a constable found him In a bedroom with his throat cut. He was at the point of death, which took place before he could be removed to the hospital. The three children of the family were at school at the time. Mrs Hawkins , condition is precarious.

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RICHMOND TRAGEDY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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