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INQUESTS., Issue 10437, 5 October 1897
An inquest was held this morning before Mr Coroner Carew and a jury of six (Mr J. Butler foreman) on the body of Henry Guy, who was killed by a dray falling on him. William Guy, a farmer residing at Woodlands. said that deceased was his son. He was bom in County Armagh, Ireland, and had been twenty-two \ cars in the colony. He was a laborer, married, and about thirty-eight years old.
John Blacky, residing at Woodburn, Northeast Valley, said that at about half-past six on Sunday morning he found a dray capsized on his land. It had apparently come from the roadway. A horse was lying down close by. A shaft of the cart was broken. It seemed to him as if the cart had rolled twice over from the roadway above to wbero he found it. There were no bruises or injuries about the horse. He saw a man’s head and one hand projecting from Tinder the dray, which was turned upside down. He felt the head and hand, and found them quite cold. With assistance he extricated the body from its position. There was a good deal of traffic on the road at night, and he thought if a fence was erected it would remove the danger to a great extent. Andrew Hannigan, living at Opoho, said he last saw deceased alive on Saturday. John Smith was with him. Theygotintodeceased’soirt near the Botanical Gardena Hotel, and went as far as Normanby, and then got out. They asked Guy if he was all right, and he said “Yes; good-bye.” Dcceised sat down in a corner of the cart. Witness did not know whether Guy had been drinking. He saw no bottles in his cart. The horse was pretty quiet and did not shy. He thought deceased was sober. Witness said yesterday that he was a little bit sleepy and tired. They started speaking to him to keep him awake. Dr Blartin said he made an outward examination of the body, and found-severe bruises over the right shoulder and on the lower part of the left side of the thorax. Several ribs were broken tight over the region of the heart. The left aide was completely crushed in. Witness thought that death would likely be sudden. The jury returned a verdict “ That deceased was accidentally killed by a dray falling over a bank,” and added a rider that the place where the accident occurred and several other places on the Main North road required protection, as there was a large amount of traffic on the road, and the places were dangerous.
~ inquest was held at the Police Station this afternoon before the coronerand a jury (Mr J. foreman) on the body of a male infant child found at the zigzag leading into Maitland street on Sunday last. The jury returned a verdict of ‘ Found dead, and that death was brought about by exposure and want of attention. Detective O’Brien stated that so far he had been unable to ascertain who placed the body where it was found. Onr report is held over,
INQUESTS., Issue 10437, 5 October 1897
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