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A coroner' .nquest was held tc-d y at the hospital, before E; H. Carew, Esq,, and a jury of six, W. M. Armstead being chosen foreman, touching the death of Hector Mockford.

Thomas Davis Mockford, sweep and nightman, identified the body shown to the jury as that of his father, Hector Mockford. He was a native of Brighton (Sussex), landed in the colony in February, 1873, and was a Sweep and nightman by occupation. Witness saw deceased on the 7th. There was nothing wrong with him then, The same afternoon witness heard of the accident, and went to deceased's house, finding him alive but injured; Dr Gordon Macdonald advised his removal to the hospital. This was done next day. Deceased Boveral times spoke of the cause of his injuries. He said it was a pure accident that he slipped off the brake of a railway truck near Lambert's Pottery Works, and that no one was to Deceased had a contract for the carrying aivay of nightsoil, and at the time of the accident he was trying to shift a truck to get the line clpar for two trucks of his own. When he slipped he was caught by the brake ; he was not hurt by the wheel. He died yesterday morning just before seven o'clock. William Nicoll, who was in deceased's employ, was at work at the Anderson Bay siding on the morning in question, when he was informed of the accident, He ran across to the pottery siding and found Mockford quite sensible. He told witness how the accident happened, saying that he had slipped while trying to put down the brake, and that the affair was purely accidental. Two or three doctors were telephoned for, but were all from home. Deceased was put into an express and conveyed to town. When near the Farmers' Arms they met Dr Martin, who looked at deceased and advised that he should be taken home as speedily as possible. Dr Martin said that he could not accompany deceased to his residence, as he had two or three very urgent cases to attend to. Dr Gordon Macdonald was shortly in attendance. Witness did not see the accident, but could understand how it occurred. The truck was ou an incline, and when deceased slipped on some boards the lever caught him and pinned him to the ground, John Lothian, engine-driver at Lambert's Pottery, heard a man groaning, and, looking out of a window, saw Mockford jammed under the brake of a railway truck Witness ran out and lifted the brake off his back and called for assistance. Deceased said to him "My God, Jack, you'll take me out of this dead." The men came and got deceased released, and laid him on a stretcher, on which he was carried to the ticket office. Doctors were telephoned for and an express procured. Witness did not see the acci« dent, but could understand that if Mock, ford slipped while running in front of the truck the brake would strike him as described.

Samuel J. Loring, railway goods manager, gave evidence aB to the working of the brakes.

Dr Barclay said that when brought to the hospital deceased was suffering from shock, and was severely bruised about the pelvis and the hip?. Thero was a deep-seated fracture of the pelvis. The cause of death was fracturo of the pelvis and hemorrhage, the result of his injuries. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that death was caused accidentally.

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FATAL ACCIDENT., Issue 7984, 13 August 1889

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FATAL ACCIDENT. Issue 7984, 13 August 1889

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