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HOMICIDE AT OPAWA.
A MAN KILLED WM AN AXE. THE PERPETRATOR SURRENDERS TO THE POLICE. About 8.30 this morning an old man named Horatio John Parkes camo to the Woolston Police Station and gave himself into the custody of Constable Hayes, saying that he had killed a man named Michael- Ryan by striking him with an axe. According to the prisoner's statement Ryan had been living with him in a house on the River Road near the Rpimata settlement. Ryan frequently came home under the influence of drink, and sometime between twelve and one o'clock this morning came home drunk. He pulled Parkes out of bed, and made a violent assault on him with the leg of the table. The prisoner said that in self-defence he struck Ryan on the head with an axe, and killed him. Constable Hayes at once went to the scene, and behind the door found Ryan's dead body, lying in a pool of blood. On his head were two ghastly wounds — one across the right ear, cutting through the skull, and the other in the centre of the forehead. From the last his brains were oozing out. Information was at once telephoned to the Christchurch police station, and Inspector Broham, SergeantMajor Mason, Chief-Detective Henderson, Detectives Benjamin and Marsack, and Constable Field went down to the scene of the tragedy. Dr Symes followed soon after. The body was not disturbed, but was left where it was found to await an inquest, Detective Marsack remaining in charge. The deceased was about forty-five or fifty years of age. Parkes is seventyone,and hale for his years, and is a man who in his younger days must have been of powerful build. He is a remittance man, and is a nephew of the late Sir Harry Parkes, once British Ambassador to China.
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