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Mystery of Girl's Desperate Leap From Car After Midnight Adventure On Lonely Road ■ ■ -•■•■»'. '— ■' . ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ - .* .


; . ■_, ((XT _ ,_ .., „ „ . , ~. , n4.ny„^nU T}„n»„«^toti„ fl \ WTTTt , „ , -, (Fr °m Truth's Special Christchurch Representative.) J HE I^*i° f an approaching- motor-car lit up the forms of two men standing; outside the front. gate 01 tHe hOUSC * .

THE next moment there was* a piercing scream, the door of the car was flung wide and a young woman — hysterical and dishevelled, and indifferent to danger — hurled.' herself from the moving vehicle. ■ . '■*. .

rf-_B__|_p_a!nEaa LMOST demented, wffl C-VH she appealed to An\mm MS 7 \ ''■ &us Jonn Stewart, ■ffllHl'/* \! one of the-twdmen i^\W!Jr\ \ outside the house, 1 \\m <^ \ ?oVws protection a-ZZj and hel P- Meanwhile the", man m B'^l^a^ the car; Treavo Gargl^lragi§3_&. M™^ a&ed 28- a »9^i^^^_^ married man with a j_^gM«^i young family had pulled up «« and a few minutes later m Stewart's sitting-room he-was denounced by the girl as a cur. Later the girl laid ai grave charge against Gardiner, who now awaits his trial by a Christchurch jury. But E|sie El|een wi, son the 20-year-old. Christchurch do- „ mesti h vict.m revolting assault at the hands of Gardiner, °r did she freely barter her honor for 20 pieces of'silver, as Gardiner —m his statement to _ the police--declares she did? A jury will decide. *•- -^-J ■ » ** cr^ n at tn S e nluhT-fhe^cA of a wdl_S ■■£££.£^ef rSSoed to taS JgJ°£ stneken and reduced to nys According to the girl it was the climax to a night of terror m a dark and lonely country lane, but according to the man it was something of a deliberate frame-up. B a strange trick of Fate the r]^ drama » passion was-p|ayed «,.t ,i mnct ,mrim. *Uo cUafinw nf out almost under, the shadow of ' PaparUa pr,SOn ' Tne twQ men Rt the gateway 0f the house were warders at the gaol, and both of them, at the girl's behest, joured Back to town with the couple after the climax tQ a sensational night of adventure. Tne tale tne girl had to teil to the Court was one 0f the most amazing honor that could be imagined. o"^%h^ JJf sf KS2 S establishment of a friend of hers—a named Robinson who was talk- . c to another man Robinson came after her, and she „0f„ V npri with him and was introduced leturnea witn mm ana was to Gardiner who was seated m his car She was not sure of! his! name, at first, but when driving her home later he informed her that his name was Brightlmg, and that he was the son of Brightling, the drainage contractor. Following, the introduction, arrangements were made for Robinson, Gardiner and the girl to. attend a party .the following night, and Gardiner was to meet her at 8

© ■ : = -■ ( o'clock and drive her there In his catV v _„ .. - - . . ■■ ' The appointment was kept, and Gardiner informed her that he had not f een Robinson, but was going round to his^lace t 0 see «j mV" n q« to +i?a £nnp£w rfn thl ■ .«« r.K tiS? =a?l-tWh! ™°^ his friehd ?oSfd be found ahorse m Madra? Street «i Sned ta tte S wliile Garfl,_i_r^m„ f ,„?a h««i- w^>.« k_ V"l?*^^ ' h^ w linw^nn a,,! ™^it«» JSd tha'^irl minutes, told m P that Robin^on had He also told .m^e that bi"son had t0 Where h& C°Uld "We proceeded along m the car, and when we got out on the Lincoln road, near the tram terminus, I told Gardiner he was not taking me to the place where Robinson was. "I, asked him to stop the car and ■' - H iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiitiiiiiiiiiiiitniiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii urn i

° ~~" : ~~ • - . an?^ e alieged tl hive lll6^ that if she did not let out of her own free will he would drag her out. "Eventually he dragged me out," she declared, "and then tackled me. He said he had not run out of petrol and .that he had brought me out there for one punpose only, which he intended to fulfll [ -i struggled with him and he finally forced me down on the grass, and he began to use bad language." Here followed a detailed and graphic description;of the alleged assault "All this time I was screaming," the girl continued, "and he threatehed that if I dicf not stop he would do away With me with. me. . "He raised his hand m a threatening action and I was promise not to scream. All the time he was using the same sort of language to me.'-. J^g?**.s^?!^oT*lJ_S S^^e^cked^ up ' "SS s2 Shier on the temnle and struck G^ n fni^ of m^nr*otest S he still stru£~le?l^ with m^Ld finlllv achieved his^urposT'' finally achieved v She complained that her clothing * \ -■ iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiin

m,, »'''">'«««"''"«»»»^^^^^ |et me out, and said if he didn't stop I would jump out. The car by this time was travelling at a high speed. P "I had - opened the door, and was standing oif the step ready to .jump when h! stopped me and said I would killed." . Jhe gii 1 said she into the car when he said that" having was. to he-found at the Junction Hotel, Halswell. But, much to her surprise, the car shot past the hotel and con- ; "... .tinued on until it turned down a grassy i ane. It was a very lonely - sP^an she saw no houses about a ' , -. The excuse Gardiner was.*said to have palmed- off on' her was that he had run out of petrol. The. girl was not satisfied with the explanation -and- said- so;, whereuponshe declares-Gardiner tried t6 prevail on her to accompany. him to the nearest house for a fresh supply■■;, of gas. ; But she was, not having any. She. insisted on remaining m the car. But this suggestion did not suit the man. He was anxious that she should go with him> as if ane remained behind she would be "at the mercy of tramps." • • Such a.gloomy prospect was not attractive to El.sic, who said she began to cry. .;: '. '■•

...1.1..1..1..1111...11111111. had been ripped almost to shreds during the struggle, and said further that while she was screaming Gardiner had threatened to remove all her clothing and leave her out all night. Aft'pv tlip nliAo-p.^ nQqnnlt thp ffir] sat^L Sbujit tfnSg awy {5t Siz& mg how isolated T£ t?e "pla^e she decTded that unless she went back m Garainer>s, car shejiad^ no other chance of returning home. - two men-standing outside a^ gate she opened the .£oop « car ana jumpea out screaming. She ran over to the men—both of whom are warders at the gaol-and she was taken Into the Aouae. where she^wa^ endedJ^^^ had stopped the car and Warder Stewart had a word or two with him at the .gateA : He asked if the girl had been given^ any drink, and the reply Gardiner alleg6aiy made was that at the girl's own request he bought a bottle of port, whlch they had shared together. Stewart then went'into the house to see^w' the S* was getting on! axl^ some. ten; minutes later Gardiner knockeda^ itti^om- . _.. -" •', j jj _' , .There the girl, demanded^an explanation of his conduct and called him a cur. , . She declined Gardiner's invitation to travel back to town with him In ' i '

O- — ~ — ; ■ l.; ' his car, tleclaring . that sooner than travel alone with him she would stay where she I . was all night." •Finally Stewart and the other man, • Buchanan, : ,agreed to accompany the c girl and Gairdiner back to town. : She was driven straight to her ) home m a very agitated and dis- , tressed state of mind. „ I Both £jtew9.rt and Buchanan, when ' giving their version of the episode at > the house, sai^d that the girl was hysterical and very, much upset. \ > GARDINER TS DENIAL ' 5 "Stewart told the Court that Gardiner had said whiie m the sitting-room that they were strangers to him and the girl, and that they did not know the "other side of the story." ! " "The girl also said to him: 'You ; cur! You offered me money!'" t '■ ; ■ --'■•■■■ .'-■■'-■ .' • , Forty-eight hours after the alleged ' assault the girl laid & complaint at the . .detective office and when interviewed \ later by Detective Thomas, Gardiner is \ alleged to have said; "I am gone to the pack. I have not gjot a show against 1 her. They will believe her word bej. fore mine." ; " Gardiner then made a statement to , the detective which 'was produced m ' Court. In it he denied that he "called I at the house' m Madras Street for. Robinson; also he denied ever saying that Robinson could be found at the Junction Hotel. -; : ; - ■He denied the girl f 6 statements that she had threatened to jump out of the car or thatshe had ask--1 ed him to stop. It was also untrue to say that he had dragged her out. of the car and forced her down on the grass. SENT FOR TRIAL T He further declared m his statementthat the girl had said to him when the question of misconduct was discussed that all- men were alike and never thought of offering the girl .anything.^ . ; .■■■. V ■."■=■ "She thought I should give her £ 1," he stated, but I offered her ten shillings." Finally, he said, !he ; agreed to pay her £l\and handed ■ over ttie money. - ■ ■■'.: ■ .'• . . '/';■■" ' ■• ..- : '■■': On receiving itr declared" Gar---diner m . his statement, the girl wanted to move away home', again, but" he- demanded his money back'; or the fulfilment of the arrangement. . . -j ' Afterwards, when driving home, the girl opened the door and jumped out on the road " screaming. , ■ Gardner concluded his statement by denying that he had held his hand over the girl's mouth to prevent her screaming. ' Lawyer Sargent, who appeared for Gardiner, pleaded not guilty and reserved the defence. Bail was allowed pending his trial %t the next Supreme Court sessions.

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IN SHADOW OF GRIM PRISON WALLS NZ Truth, Issue 1108, 24 February 1927

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