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Egypt

Goulburn Herald (N.S.W.), 13 December 1856

SHOCKING MURDER ON THE OVENS.

INQUEST ON THE BODY OF DECEASED.

  On Wednesday morning an inquest was held on the body of Robert Murdoch, landlord of the Star Hotel, who died from wounds received by him on the evening of the 17th inst., particulars of which appeared in our last.    .  .  .      

  Charles Johnson is a native of Sweden, and has resided in this colon for the last four years.  Young as he is - being only about twenty years of age - he had borne the mark of Cain for some time previous to the commission of the deed for which he is now in custody.  He is a sailor by calling, and by his own confession he took the life of a sentry while in Egypt.  His version of the affair is, that, being unable to give the password, when challenged, a sentry pursued him, and, on coming up with him, endeavoured to commit an unnatural crime upon him,, whereupon he took out his knife and stabbed him, inflicting a wound of which the man died.

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