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DEATH IN THE WELLINGTON ASYLUM.

Au inquest was held at Wellington on the 11th mst. on the remains of Ah Ching, a Chinese gardener, who died in the asylum ou Wednesday ihecleoeased was committed to the institution on the 24-th ult., and, being violent, was placed in a sfcraitjacket, but he continued very violent Subsequently Ching was found lying in his cell, and an examination by Dr Fookes proved that a number of his ribs were broken. Nothing could be done to reduce the fracture owing to the violent conduct of the patient, and he succumbed. A post mortem by Dr Fookes, who is the superintendent of the institution, showed that five ribs on the right side and four on the left side were broken. The breastbone was also fractured, and the bloodvessel pierced by the broken rib. The jury found that death resulted from hemorrhage occasioned by the fractured ribs, but could not say how the injuries were brought about.

- . Wellington, November 13. aiTW Clrcumstancßs surrounding the case of Ah Ohing, who died in the asylum on Wednesday night, from injuries self-inflicted after his admission into the institution, have caused a good deal of comment in town. Dr Fooks the medical superintendent of the asylum, writes to the Press stating, that when Ah Ching was nrst admitted he did not appear to need extraordinary restraint. He adds:—" Soon after, however, he became exceedingly violent, and the matter was reported by the night watchman to the head attendant, who went at once to see the patient, and ordered his restraint in a strait-jacket: This was about 9 30, aud it was then that Ah Ching was removed to the padded room. I myself saw., the patient soon after 10 p.m., and less than three hours after his admission, and he was then in the padded room and coufloed in a strait-jacket. Though he he was still violent, I was satisfied that adequate, precautions had been taken to prevent him injuring himself. In the light of later complications, however, I fear that most, if not all, the injuries which ultimately caused his death were sustained during the first two hours after his admission." Ah Ching was one of several Chinese gardeners living- on the Hutt road who were attacked by young men about 12 months ago, the result being that one of the'latter, was stabbed in the leg and bled to death. The Chinese were tried for manslaughter' and were acquitted. In this melie Ah Ching was hit on the head with a rail, and ha 3 never since been quite right in his mind. About a fortnight ago he became so violent that he was placed under restraint. While being conveyed to the hospital he almost overpowered two constables in whose custody he was placed.

v November 14. Dr Macgregor, inspector of asylums, has held an inquiry. into the circumstances conuected with the death of Ah Chung. One of the attendants declared that deceased climbed ou to tho window sill and threw himself on to the floor of the cell, and it is thought the injuries were iuilicted in, that way. The attendants deny that any of them placed their knee on his chest or, fell oh him.

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DEATH IN THE WELLINGTON ASYLUM., Otago Daily Times, Issue 9597, 29 November 1892

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DEATH IN THE WELLINGTON ASYLUM. Otago Daily Times, Issue 9597, 29 November 1892

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