SUICIDE OF MRS BUCKLAND.
A n inquest was held on the sth iust., fib Pine Terrace House, Auckland,-on. the body of Susan Buckland, wife of Mr Buckland, M.H.R., who had died the previous day from self-inflicted wounds. . ■ ■■ ; .- The inquest was held before Dr I Philson, the Coroner, and a respectable juiy, of which Mr Theodore Tinne was foreman. The jury having been.sworn, proceeded to view the body, after which the evidence of Miss E. M.! Buckland was taken, who stated that deceased had been very despondent of late, iand had required watching, being.in a low state of mind, and in bad health. :;; Miss Marianne Buckland was also examined, and gave corroborative evidence, after which- the evidence of;Dr Goldsboro was taken, who deposed to being called in to see deceased on Monday, at 2 p.m., and to fiuding the body saturated with blood ; there were several small superficial' wounds in the neck, and two deep ones on the front part of the neck on the left side ;" made a careful examination and, found the wounds on the side of the neckl'commenced immediately : below..the v. ear. To all appearanoes, deceased had" died of hcemorrage, should think about four or five hours previous to his examination ; the body being ;oqld and rigid. The account given to Mm'by the family was, that deceased had been left in her bed-room in the morning at about; 7 o'clock by Miss Bueklaud;; iind,^ attempting to go into tLe room about an. hour aftei-, she found the door locked, and supposing deceased; was taking a bath, went away for a few minutes, and upon going a second* time, and finding the door locked, obtained access through the window, and 'found^de-^^-eeased lying upon the bed, andthat's]^-~ had been bleeding from the neck from wounds believed to have beeri^caiised by a pair of scissors found in : her. hand. Had this day made a post mortem examination, and found the body in ;the same position as he had left it; the wound in the left side of neck'was two inches and a half long,;' it appeared to have been scraped by a very blunt instrument; the wound had, a jagged appearance; tho front worind in the neck, was about an inch and a quarter in diameter, taking an oblique direction ; ib had divided all the structures to the windpipe;, death was not occasioned by suffocation, but the causo appeared to be hcemorrage from the large division of the arteries and yeins by a blunt pointed' instrument. The ,pair of small nail scissors now produced would be quite capable of producing those wounds; have known ;the'? deceased for the last ten years, but.had not attended her professionally; was perfectly aware that she had been in a low and desponding condition for some time past. ■ •- -
By die Foreman : The wounds were quite sufficient to cause death.
Mr Wm. Bucklahd, a son of tie deceased, gave testimony to the desponding state of the deceased prior .to.the act.
The jury after a deliberation, returned a verdict., -'That Hie deceased had died from wounds inflicted in her neck by her own hand, she .being of unsound mind."—.Morning News. ;
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SUICIDE OF MRS BUCKLAND., Wanganui Herald, Volume IV, Issue 1221, 11 September 1871
SUICIDE OF MRS BUCKLAND. Wanganui Herald, Volume IV, Issue 1221, 11 September 1871
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