♦ At the inquest yesterday ;it in rcj?;u'() to the deaths of .Joseph M'Cann and iiis wife and infant hoy, Dr Tiii'uhiill described tho injuries of M'C'iijii, -Mrs MTann, and tho child. 'The. ji7'?t named had .six wounds, four of which penetrated the brain, being .sufficient to cause, death. Mrs M't.'ann had four severe woimdt. One, which penetrated th r ' bra'n. was siiflicieut to can-e. death. All of tlk-ih would cause immediate unconsciousness. The baby had two wounds which penetrated the brain. Tho .shirt found in j?ottrnann> rnom had hlw.l plains on it, but he was unable to determine whether it, wa.s human blond. Constable Essen deposed to inform iuj; Ttottman of the now alien regulations, which prohibited h ; m from leaving the district without the permission of the police. Rottimtn said he .had no intention of leaving tho district, as ho wa.s doing well in his present situation. However, Bottman left Mamiaweka. by tiain a few minutes la.ter. Witness found' -a. bk-od-sta.ined tomahawk on the urass. und-or tho window of j'toU.inan"s room. There, was no tracts of milk having keen spilt in M'Cann's cowshed or the vicinity, which had been searohingly examined. Willian Xcal said lift was in trie company of Ttottman on Boxing T)av at Rangiwahia. Itottm.'i.n was drunk in. tins afternoon, but was sober when they left at midnight. Rottman did not want to go homo till M'Cann was in bed, as ho would reprimand him for being away. Thomas James said ho saw Rottman ride into Mangaweka on. M 'Carat's horse on Monday morning and taavis it at tlicv stables. The Coroner stated that he would tako time to consider tho verdict, which would no given next day. Uott-mann is enarged with committing three murders.
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RUAHINE TRAGEDY, Evening Star, Issue 15694, 7 January 1915