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THE WAITAHUNA MURDER.

[From Odr Special Reporter.)

SVAITAHUNA, June 10,

The adjourned inquest touching the deatli of James Bradford was resumed, before Coroner Revcll and a jury, at Laffej’a Hotel this morning at eleven o’clock. The first witness called was

Mary Ann Lena, who deposed that she saw Bradford going to his work about a quarter to eight o’clock on the morning of the 20th May. He spoke to her, remarking that it looked like a change in the weather. He was dressed in Ida working clothes, having an old faded coat n. James Black, a youth in the employ of Mr M'Millan, baker, deposed that ho left some provisions in Bradford’s “tucker” box at noon on the 20th May, and when he called a few days later he saw that some of tho onions and butter were missing. William Trimble said he was at Bradford and Waddell’s claim about two weeks before tho 20th May. Both men were then at work, bat neither spoke tho one to the other. Waddell complained to witness on several occasions about Bradford being very disagreeable and not coming to his work regularly. On the 20th May Waddell asked witness if he would bo wanting his dray that afternoon later. Witness replied that he could taka tho sledge to draw dirt from his claim. Witness at the same time asked Waddell how ho was not at work that day. Waddell replied that his mate had not turned up. Witness said : “I was near the claim this morning, and saw a coat there.” Waddell replied : “The coat is mine ; I was at the dam this morning.” Waddell came next day and dug potatoes for witness. His exeme for not going to the claim was that Bradford would not work. Witness never thought that there was anything wrong with Bradford until Constable West came to him a few days prior to the discovery of the deceased’s body. Bradford left a small box containing trinkets in witness’s keeping for several years, hut took it away early in Apr 1. Isabella Trimble, wife of the last witness, remembered Bradford calling for his box, which contained a brooeh, two rings, a locket and earrings, and a little ink bottle. Portions of the trinkets she recognised, although the box and its contents had since been subjected to the action of fire, Jane Trimble remembered Waddell coming to their house on the morning ot the 20th of May. Ho came from the direction of Coghill Hill, where his and deceased’s claim is situated. Sho heard Waddell speaking apparently to himself, and the name Bradford pa=ecd his lips._ There was no one about at the time that Waddell came along. Dr Blair deposed that he held a post mortem examination on Bradford’s body on the 3rd inst. The body appeared to have been immersed in wat* r. The wrist was marked. Tho feet appeared sodden and in a pale and coagulated form. On the left side there was au apparent mark of a bruise about the size of a duck’s egg or a little larger. On opening the body, beginning with the head, he found no effusion of the brain substance. He looked for a fracture of tho skull, but could find none. On making an incision into the lungs he found no frothy substance in them, but they were considerably engorged with blood or bloody matter. The coating of the stomach was changed somewhat towards purification, but altogether tho body was wonderfully well preserved. He carefully examined all the other organs, but found nojjindicatioca of disease. He attributed the cause of death to asphyxia, preceded by syncope. He would say that the body had been immersed in water for twelve or thirteen days. He judged that from the state of the lungs and the stomach. There was a mark on the face, evidently caused before death. The tnaik was sufficient to produce stunning and concussion of the brain. If that body Tell into the wateraftertheblow was received, death would assuredly result. He believed a blow from the hand would produce the mark on the face. There was only a slight abrasion on the face, but no wound. The abrasion might have been produced by a blunt instrument.

Francis Oudaille gave evidence relating to

the disagreements which had occurred be* tween Bradford and Waddell from time to time. [Left sitting].

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THE WAITAHUNA MURDER., Evening Star, Issue 7929, 10 June 1889

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