THE HARAPIPI TRAGEDY.
AUCKLAND, November 12. Further particulars as to the shooting of Patrick Corcoran are that Corcoran and his son were engaged in patting up a boundary fence when Pohlen warned him he would shoot him if he persisted. Hot words are said to have ensued, and Pohlen's son went to get witnesses in case anything eventuated. Corcoran advanced to take the gun out of the old man's hands, when he tired, the bullet entering below the heart, Corcoran expiring in his son's arms. Corcoran had been in the district many years as a contractor, and about four years ago leased a land grant formerly occupied by the late Mr M'Minn, ex-M.H.R., of the Von Tempsky Forest Rangers. A section had recently been put up to auction, which Corcoran obtained, and there had been bad blood between Pohlen and Corcoran for years. Corcoran had latterly, it is alleged, ploughed up a boundary road and planted it, depriving Pohlen of access to a public road save through crops. Pohlen went through the crops to get means of exit and ingress to his property, and bad feeling ensued. Pohlen appealed to Mr Mueller, Crown Lands Commissioner, and the local Road Board, but as the question was one of title he was referred to the courts of law for redress. Pohlen had no means to spend in law, and he appears to have brooded over his supposed wrongs till he lost his mental balance. He was a widower, and he and his son lived together on the land. Pohlen is seventy-eight years of age, and was one of Von Tempsky's Forest Rangers. He has two other sons residing in Auckland.
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THE HARAPIPI TRAGEDY., Evening Star, Issue 10470, 13 November 1897
THE HARAPIPI TRAGEDY. Evening Star, Issue 10470, 13 November 1897
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