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♦ EXTRAORDINARY SUICIDE AT NEWTOWN. On Tuesday afternoon Mr R Williams, coroner, held an inquest at the Victoria Hall, Newtown, touching the death of John Oliver Whittaker.- Thomas Whittaker, of Evans's Court, Ladywell street, said the deceased was his son, and was 38 years of age. He lived with witness. About five o'clock that morning deceased went downstairs for a drink and witness heard him go out. He returned in about half-an-hour, and witness heard the rust- ling of a newspaper on the table and thought de- ceased was reading it. Witness went down about 7 30 and found deceased in an armchair. There was a pool of blood at his feet and a razor lay on the ground. Sergt Tanner came in and examined the body, and found a cut in the leg from which the blood had flowed. Deceased had been drinking heavily of late and had been greatly depressed. He complained of giddiness, and a few days ago fell in the yard and cut his head. Witness never knew that he threatened to do anything to himself. A young man brought him in the previous night. He was not under the influence of drink, but could not walk without assistance. William Bevan said he lived next door to the last witness, who called him to see deceased. He found a pool of blood at his feet. He examined his neck, and found a cut under the right ear, but it was not very deep. He had seen deceased frequently of late, and noticed him "falling off. Police-sergeant Morgan said that he went to the deceased's house that morning. He examined the body, and found a slight cut on the right side of the neck, but there had been very little bleeding from that. He also examined his right leg, and just below the caif found two incised wounds about an inch apart. One wound was very deep, and over three inches long; it was a clean cut and right over the posterior tibial artery. A large quantity of blood had flowed from it. Deceased's right hand was hanging over the arm of the chair, and under his hand on the floor witness found the razor produced covered with blood. He had known deceased for many years as a person of intemperate and irregular habits. He bad not seen him lately under the influence of drink, but he seemed to be wasting away.—The jury returned a verdict that deceased committed suicide while temporarily insane,

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