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P.A. HASTINGS, Thursday. Arising out of a disturbance in the Carlton Club Hotel, Hastings, on June 20, when a shot was fired in a bedroom, James Percival Bear, confectionery manufacturer, aged 36, appeared before Mr. J. Miller, S.M., to-day, on a charge of attempting to murder Ronaldean Alice May Waymouth. He was committed for trial.

Mrs. Waymouth, who for the past three years has been employed as a waitress at the Carlton Club Hotel, said accused was a guest at the hotel for about six months. She had been on very friendly terms with him for about 20 months. On June 16 she told accused it would be best if they parted. On June 20, when she went to her room after work, accused was there. He presented a gun at her and pulled the trigger, but it did not fire- She screamed and again accused pulled the trigger. The gun was not loaded. He told her he was only trying to frighten her. Witness said accused then took a cartridge out of his pocket and put it into the gun. As he was doing this she grabbed the gun. She pulled the barrel down toward the floor and the gun went off. While .she was struggling with accused on the floor, Max Luttrell, son of the licensee, forced his way into the room.

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STRUGGLE IN HOTEL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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STRUGGLE IN HOTEL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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