The inquest* into the death of the Hon. T. Shailer Weston was held before the Coroner (Mr. J. S. Barton) in tho Magistrate's Cpurt to-day. John Francis Barr Stevenson, partner in the firm of Izard, Weston, Stevenson, and Castle, solicitors, said that helast saw Mr. Weston alive at about midday yesterday. At that time he seemed to be in quite good spirits. Later witness and Mr. Castle, becoming apprehensive as Mr.. Weston had not been in good health, went to his home in Hobson street. Tho house was locked up, as Mrs. Weston and the staff were staying at Heretauuga. Mr. ' Weston was found lying on the ground in tho garden with a deer-stalking rifle beside him; and a wound in his chest. Ho was then dead. Tho timewas about 5 o'clock in the afternoon. Dr. Herbert and Dr. Arthur were sent for, and expressed the opinion that death was duo to, the bullet wound, and had taken place two or three hours earlier. Witness said that, Mr. Weston had recently been away on a world tour with the idea of having a rest, and also for his health's sake. On appearances when he returned he had worked and travelled too much, and it was apparent that he had not benefited as much by the tour as was expected. Mr. Weston was a wealthy man, and there was no cause for him to worry over financial or private affairs. He took a great interest in publio matters, and during his' trip abroad had made it his business to inquire into tho economic condition of New Zealand. '■ "When he came back he was very depressed about the public finances of New Zealand," said witness. "Ho has always done a lot of public work, and he felt, in some way, that we could not understand, that lie should try and do something to help
the country. Mr. Weston took thj affairs of the country too much to heart; he thought things were not being managed right, and it became almost an obsession with him." Sydney Jackson Castle, corroborated the previous witness's evidence, and added that Mr. Weston's financial affairs were all in good order. Detective E. C. Jarrold stated that in his opinion the wound was selfinflicted. The Coroner returned a verdict that the deceased died at '• Wellington on 20th January of a rifle shot wound in the chest, self-inflicted, during a period of mental depression.
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THE INQUEST, Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 17, 21 January 1931
THE INQUEST Evening Post, Volume CXI, Issue 17, 21 January 1931
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