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At an early hour yesterday morning the Oainaru police received information that Mrs Agnes Ilcywood, wife of W. H. Heywood, residing on the North road, had died suddenly, and that her death was owing to injuries indicted by her husband. On this information the husband was arrested. An inquest was held in the afternoon, at which the evidence of a sister of deceased went to show that Heywood had not been living on very amicable terms with his wife. It was shown that Heywood had followed his wife (who was encienle) into her bedroom, and that to escape him she had jumped out of a window ; that he had afterwards struck a sister of deceased ; and that the latter was shortly afterwards seen lying on the floor. But the sister could not say whether Heywood struck or pushed her, or whether she fell. After this the two women left the house; Mrs Heywood being taken ill on the road. She, however, reached her brother’s house, and becoming unconscious, died shortly after. Two doctors were in attendance, and in their evidence they said all the organs of the body were healthy, and that death must have been due to violence of some kind —a blow or a fall ; but there were no marks on the body of deceased. Death, they said, was due to compression of the brain owing to the rupture of a blood-vessel. The police in their evidence said Heywood had admitted that be had pushed deceased, and that she fell on the mat. The jury gave a verdict to the effect that deceased had met her death by violence, but how or in what way there was no evidence to show. Heywood was then discharged from custody.

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DEATH BY VIOLENCE., Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

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DEATH BY VIOLENCE. Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

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