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Colonial Cases

1860-1869CI

SINGAPORE

AND

STRAITS SETTLEMENTS INQUESTS

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1900.

 

P. J. Bullock

 

 

 

PENANG, 1870.

 

"CORRECTING" VERDICTS.

 

"What !" said his astonished  interrogators, "do you mean to say you have been in the habit of altering Coroner's Jurors' verdicts for the last ten years?"

 "Yes," replied the imperturbable clerk, "I thought they were not proper according to the evidence !"

Source: STRAITS TIMES OVERLAND JOURNAL, 23 September 1870 (3); From the Straits Times, September 17th.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 20 April 1861 (1)

AN AFFRAY IN THE HARBOUR.

On the morning of the 16th an affray occurred on board an Hylam junk lying off Tanjong Rue.  Two of the crew quarreled about a dollar.  The rest of the crew went below to breakfast and left the two men disputing on deck.  After a little while one of the disputants came down to his breakfast and when the rest of the crew returned to the Deck, they found the other disputant missing.  Nothing was seen of him till the next morning, when the corpse of the missing man rose alongside the junk.  The people on board made it fast alongside and sent information to the Police.  The Police took the corpse ashore and sent word to the Coroner, who should have held an inquest thereon immediately.  But, strange to say, the Coroner ordered an inquest to be summoned for the afternoon of the 19th.  It seems strange that a Medical man should thus leave a corpse to decompose for forty-eight hours on shore, after it had been twelve hours in the water.  After such delay we believe it to be impossible for any Surgeon or Jury to say whether the man was murdered before he was thrown overboard, or whether he died from drowning.  Were the Coroner not an M.D. we should be inclined to attribute his neglect to ignorance, but such being the case we must protest against his or any other public servant allowing even the most successful private practice (which we believe our worthy Coroner is favored with) to interfere with the timely and proper discharge of their public duties.

   On the morning of the 18th a case of Sudden death occurred at the Police office.  The inquest on this case also, was deferred till the afternoon of the 19th.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 27 April 1861 (1)

Apology to Coroner, referring to issue of 20th April. ... and must here state that our information was derived from the Acting Commissioner of Police, who gave it verbally.  The Coroner has produced his books to shew that the Inquest was held on the body of the man found floating along side a junk in the harbour, 23 and not 48 hours after the case had been reported to him. [continues.][Long editorial page 2, on the office and duties of the Coroner.]

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 4 May 1861 (1)

Another editorial on the Inquest system.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 13 July 1861 (2)

A Coroner's Inquest was held on Tuesday evening, on the body of a Seaman of H.M.S. 'Charybdis," lying in New Harbour.  It appeared that the deceased was intoxicated, and in charge of a sergeant of Marines, and becoming very violent the sergeant called the police to his assistance.  While going along the wharf, the deceased suddenly broke away from his captors, and after knocking several of them down jumped off the wharf and disappeared.  Notwithstanding the strong current in New Harbour, the body floated, after two days, exactly at the spot where the man had gone down.  The jury returned a verdict of "drowned while in a state of temporary insanity, caused by intoxication."

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 3 August 1861 (1)

[This issue marked on line as 13 July.]

FALL OF D'ALMEIDA'S NEW BUILDING.

On the 30th ult. about 3 o'clock, during a heavy westerly squall, about one half of the large new brick building of Messrs. Joze d'Almeida and Sons, adjoining Commercial Square, fell with a heavy crash.  Three men it is stated, were sleeping in the verandah at the time, one of whom was killed, and a second severely hurt, while the third made an almost miraculous escape.   ...  Some one should be made responsible for the carelessness which has occasioned the loss of life which has occurred, and we will await anxiously the result of the Coroner's Inquest.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 14 December 1861 (1)

WHEN we recorded yesterday the verdict of a coroner's inquest held on the body of the Chinaman who fell from Coleman's Bridge on Friday last and was drowned, it was not without a little disappointment and a little surprise.  We had hoped that the verdict would at least have been such as would have led to a proper enquiry into the condition of the Bridge, ... for on referring for particulars we find their verdict to have been in these words "the body of Tay Chin found drowned, but how drowned no evidence doth appear to the jurors," ... continues with criticism of the proceedings and evidence.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 15 February 1862 (2)

THURSDAY, 13TH FEBRUARY.

A Coroner's inquest will reassemble today to enquire into circumstances connected with the death of a Chinese woman who died from the effects of poison a few days since.  The inquest was adjourned from the 11th inst. to allow Dr. Cowpar sufficient time to analyse the stomach of the deceased.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 3 May 1862 (2)

TRAGEDY IN GEORGE STREET.

CORONER'S INQUEST.

The following Gentlemen were sworn yesterday morning as members of a Jury for enquiring into the circumstances attending the double murder which took place the day before in George Street at the back of the Police Court.

John T. F. Bowker, Foreman

George J. Dare

H. A. Caine

J. D. Matthews and M. Rebeiro

The bodies of the unfortunate man and woman were received at the dead House, Orchard Road, and presented a frightful spectacle, as the evidence of Doctor Cowper will show.  The first witness examined was Tan Lee Geuak, who upon being sworn deposed as follows.  I live in Georges Street and am the wife of the deceased Tan Kee; four or five days ago the prisoner came down to the house which we had occupied for the purpose of carrying on our business which was sewing.  He came to see the female, who is now lying dead, and wanted to lie with her, and he made a disturbance because she would not consent.  She is a widow.  About four o'clock yesterday my son went out to buy Tobacco and left the door open.  Prisoner then came in and shut the door, fastening it on the inside.  About half an hour after, three other men accompanied the prisoner.  I only know the name of one who is called Pilin, the others I would know if I saw them again.  Pilin seized my husband by the throat, he was lying on the bed by himself being ill with a stomach ache.  Then the prisoner took his knife out of his waist cloth and stabbed my husband, he had two knives under his baja; I identify the Knives now produced --- he had one on each side, and he drew them simultaneously.  The first wound my husband received was on then breast, and as he rose another was inflicted on the side of his neck, the second wound was a chop, the first a thrust --- the second one was above the left shoulder, my husband then tried to run out, by going down stair; he opened the front door and then fell down dead, a copious flow of blood issued from both wounds.

   I followed my husband immediately and screamed out when I reached the street for the Police, when I also received a wound from the prisoner from both knives.  The peons and Inspector came soon after and I ran upstairs for my child whom I found on the floor, at this time the prisoner was in the street and was dragging the murdered woman by the head - he had then two weapons in his hand - he was arrested by the peons, the woman was dead; my child was lying on the floor wounded.  The two men who accompanied Pilin had in the meantime made their escape, they were not arrested as far as I know.

   By the Foreman. - I know of no cause for this occurrence, there was no quarrel between the prisoner and my husband; he was lying in his bed in the same room with the woman, about a fathom distance; she had my child in her arms I was sewing in the same room.  He had not cohabited with her before whilst she was in our house.  He had called at the house some five days before, and I can attribute no cause for the murder, but her refusal to lay with him.  He had come occasionally to take a cup of Tea, but not on business.

   The Prisoner asked this witness no questions.

   James Cowpar sworn, I am Civil Assistant Surgeon of Singapore; early this morning about 7 A.M. I examined the body of a middle aged, Chinese female, said to be Tang Ah Peck; it was healthy and recently dead.  There was one circular wound over the left temple cutting into and dividing the bone to a considerable extent, there were also three slight wounds on the left side of the face, one punctured wound of an inch on the front of the neck backwards about two inches under the integuments - one about the same size on the left side of the chest, nearly through the integuments; one about two inches in width on the cleft side of the abdomen, passing in to the intestines, allowing feculent matter to escape in to it.  Blood was effused; there were two punctured wounds each about two inches broad on the right side of the abdomen, both passed into the substance of the liver, and the abdomen was filled with dark blood which seemed to flow from these two latter wounds  which were the cause of death which must have been immediate.  All the wounds seemed to have been inflicted by a sharp instrument such as those now produced.

(To be Continued.)

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 10 May 1862 (1)

TRAGEDY IN GEORGE STREET.

CORONER'S INQUEST.

(Continued from Saturday's Paper.)

William Taylor Sworn:---I am a Merchant residing in Singapore.  I was proceeding from my Godown yesterday about ½ past 2 or 3 o'clock, when passing the Canal in George Street in my Gharry at the back of the Police Office, I saw somebody running out of the 1st or 2nd house; there was a crowd and some one lying on the ground.

   I saw the prisoner standing by, covered with blood, he had on a white Baju and appeared to me to be in then custody of a native peon who stood by his side (the baju was here produced completely saturated with blood.)  I also saw a woman; whom I recognise as the deceased lying with her head supported between the prisoner's knees; she was one mass of blood, so that I could not discern the wound, and I took her at the time for a man; another man was lying dead on the road wounded in the chest and shoulder.

   I did not see the wounds inflicted.  I recognise the body of the woman now lying dead as that of the person who was supported between the knees of the prisoner, (no questions asked by the prisoner, of this witness.)

   Police Havildar Rassid No. 5 sworn; at about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon I was in the Police Office near George St.  I heard a woman crying out for assistance and I proceeded at once to the spot; at house No. 2, I saw a man lying on the ground dead, with two wounds upon his person; the prisoner was dragging the deceased Wolman by her neck, half across the road; she was dead; I also observed wounds on her person, and there was a plentiful effusion of blood; I asked, "who did this ?" prisoner replied, "I did," he also made a similar reply as to the man; I then asked the same questions of the first witness (Tan Lee Geuak) who gave the same reply.  I then asked the prisoner "why he had done this and he replied that "he had formerly kept the woman, but that she did not like him now, so he struck her and killed her, and did the same to the man, because he lived in the same house"; the murdered people all lived in the same house.

   Cross-examined, --- by the foreman, I cautioned the prisoner after his first admission, as to his giving any statement which I told him would be taken down, and subsequently used against him.

   Inspector Cox, Sworn:---I was on duty at the Town station about 3 o'clock yesterday when I received information of a murder having taken place at the back of the Police Office, in George Street.  I went to the spot and saw the prisoner in charge of the Havildar Rassid (No. 5;) the prisoner was in a stooping posture, with his knives (sic) [knees] extended and supporting the head of the deceased woman between them.  I took him to the Lockup, the woman was apparently dead; another body was lying close by at the time, and the woman ((the first witness was standing by wounded in various parts) of her body and suckling a child, who was also wounded.

   The prisoner volunteered a statement, which I took down at the time through the Chinese Interpreter of the Court, who together with Mr. Vaughan the Police Magistrate were present; the Interpreter's name is Tan Ah Pau, and he is the sworn Interpreter to the Magistrates Court.  I now produce that statement.

   "The house in George Street is rented by me and the deceased woman who was my wife.  A Chinese named Tan Swaan was anxious to obtain possession of my wife; today I went to the house about 2 o'clock he would not take me in and I would get in, he took hold of two knives, and called me to come in; as I was going in he wanted to kill me with the knives, but my wide interfered upon which he stabbed the woman.  She fell and I went t\o pick her up; when Tan Swaan threw down the knives and wanted to run to the back upon which I picked up the knives and pursued him. - Tan Kee came out of the room with a Parrang and wanted to cut me whereupon I stabbed him.  The child was stabbed by Tan Swaan and the Malay woman got stabbed because she interfered when I and Tan Kee were fighting; I cannot say which cut her, I or Tan Kee."

   By the Foreman:

   The prisoner at the time of making this statement appeared to be in his right mind, and not under the influence of Chandoo, drink or any deleterious drug.

   Upon the above statement being read over by the Coroner and interpreted to the prisoner, he admitted the correctness of the statement made by Inspector Cox.

   The Inquest was then adjourned at ¼ past ten, till three o'clock, for the production of a material witness.

   Upon the Jury re-assembling, Deputy Inspector Barnum was next sworn - and stated as follows:

   St about 3 o'clock yesterday, I saw a number of Chinamen running past the Station and crying out for the Police, I immediately went to the corner of Georges Street, and opposite the house No. 2 I saw the body of a man lying in the middle of the Street.  I think his name was Tan Kee; he was dead and exhibited wounds on his body, one upon the left side of the neck.  Opposite to No. 1 - I saw a woman sitting on the ground with her head resting on the Prisoner's lap, it was the same woman who is now lying dead in the dead house; she was then alive but unable to speak blood was flowing from her wounds, I think principally from the breast, she was covered with blood.  There was then no crowd there, but Havildar No. 5 Rassid was there and he had the prisoner in charge at the time.

   I asked the prisoner, who did the deed ? (referring to the man), he answered "Sayah" (Himself.) Nothing was said about the woman.  I went into No. 1 and then saw about 50 Chinese, there was no sign of blood upon their clothes or hands.  I then went into No. 2 and saw the first witness with her child in her arms both of them were bleeding profusely.  I then sent for the head Inspector of Police and I went with another Havildar to the back of the House and he fetched out of the well the two knives produced before the Jury this morning; there was about one foot of water in the well.  I then went upstairs.  I found tracks of blood, in the centre of the floor, all the way up; on the first landing, there was blood leading to the front room and beside it, there was a door leading to the side bedroom and in that also there was blood on the floor and the wall, there was evidence of a severe struggle having taken place, as everything was in the greatest confusion.  I took the wounded woman to the China Hospital and then gave information to the Coroner.

   By the Foreman.

   Inspector Hayward and Inspector Cox both arrived shortly after I did, but Inspector Cox was first, and took charge of the prisoner.

   The prisoner asked no questions.

   Tan Swaan Sworn:---I am a Mason, by trade, and live in a house at Tanjong Paggar, the prisoner and the deceased woman had lived together, in one house; but four months ago they quarrelled and separated; at that time I was living in Campong Glam.  The deceased woman was my sister, and being afraid of the prisoner after the quarrel, ran away from him and took refuge in my house, she lived upstairs, and three days after the quarrel the prisoner came to my house armed with a short sword or kind of Chinese knife and another iron fighting instrument called a Thepign; he went upstairs on that occasion, and hearing them quarrelling I went up stairs to interfere, when he wounded me slightly on the right hand, I called for a peon who came and took the prisoner and the weapons to the Police - he was fined and ordered to find bail to keep the Peace for a period of six months.  He however continued to threaten both my sister and myself and she removed in consequence to Bukit Passoo and again from the same cause to the back of the Police in George Street; where she thought she would be safer.  Yesterday at five o'clock, I was taking a walk, when I heard that a murder had taken place in George Street - I went there and found that my sister was the victim I then went to the Police and gave information of the previous matters which I have described.

   In answer to questions by the Foreman, the witness stated, "I was at Tuloh Ayer the day before Yesterday, and up to ½ past four o'clock on the day in question, when I took a walk and heard that a murder had been committed at the back of the Police Court.  I have been employed lately, white washing a Chinaman's house at Tulok Ayer; this was about three months since, and I have done no work since then.  I have lived with my father, who is a Chinese doctor at Tangong Paggar.  I went the day before yesterday to see my friend, whose name is Kee Chan - saw the body of the deceased woman this morning and identify it as that of my sister.

   The prisoner declined to question this witness.

   Havaldar Omar, proved the finding of the knives, and corroborated the statement of Deputy Inspector Barnum as to the state of the house, and other particulars already declared, in that officer's evidence.

   Tan ah Pau, the Chief Interpreter of the Police Court, swore to the correctness of the statement of the prisoner, given by Inspector Cox.

   The Coroner having briefly recapitulated the principal points of evidence, a verdict of wilful murder was returned against the prisoner Tan Ong Keat.

   The same prisoner was again placed before the Coroner, and the same Jury who were directed to enquire into the cause of the death of the man Tan Keep, who was murdered at the same time as the female.

   The body presented a frightful appearance, there being a gash of nearly a foot in length on the lower extremity of the neck, into which a man's hand could easily be inserted.  The evidence was in every respect similar to that in the former case and the jury after a patient investigation found that the deceased came by his death from being wilfully murdered by the prisoner Tan Keat.

...

The unfortunate woman Tan Lee Geuak who together with her child is now in hospital, suffering from her wounds; is left in almost utter destitution, and subscriptions on her behalf will be thankfully received by the Foreman or any member of the Jury.

   The same jury were then again sworn as to the cause of death of a Chinaman, name unknown, who was crushed by the falling of a Wooden Tank on the New Harbour Dockery Company's premises.

   As there was direct evidence of the occurrence, the Jury found a verdict of accidental death.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 24 May 1862 (2)

THE corpse of two Chinese were found yesterday, one at Johnston's Pier resting on the steps, and the other on the Bukit Timah Road.  Both evidently appeared to have been Paupers; the bodies were ordered to be buried by the Coroner, without any inquest.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 12 July 1862 (1)

THE GEORGE STREET MURDER.

The Grand Jurors who opened the present Criminal Sessions and who had learned from the Coroner's Inquest the particulars of the Tragedy in George Street must have been somewhat surprised and taken aback when they were directed by the Honourable the Recorder to being in a charge of man slaughter instead of murder.  The course they pursued in refusing to do so, was not one we see very frequently followed.   ... [Long discussion of the evidence, the Recorder's directions, and the crime itself in law.] ... The sudden and secret disappearance of the two chief wiriness's looks strange - very strange; - but we would not wish to mix the two matters up together and must reserve our remarks upon this to another occasion.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 19 July 1862 (2)

YESTERDAY forenoon the divers employed again in the Harbour were successful in finding the body of the missing boatman and also his boat.  Later in the day a Coroner's inquest was held on the body, when a verdict of accidental death was recorded by the jury.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 2 August 1862 (2)

NEWS OF THE WEEK.

MONDAY 28TH JULY.

A CORONER'S INQUEST was held on Saturday last on the body of a Chinese Cooly who was engaged in the discharge of coals from the hold of the Barque Esperanza at New Harbour.  It appeared from the evidence given that the deceased fell down the hold and met his death through his own carelessness, having been cautioned several times by his fellow coolies.  Verdict accidental death.

   WE have to record the occurrence of a very melancholy accident on Saturday last at about 1 P.M. in the Harbour, opposite Johnston's Pier.  A small schooner will all sail set and about to start to the Carimons with Mr. and Mrs. Babirt d'Maris with their infant son of 10 months old and a native female servant on board, was suddenly capsized by a sudden squall.  Mrs. D'Maris with the servant were with difficulty taken out of the vessel through the sky-light, by some Lascars breaking the panes of glass.  The infant, which must have dropped from the arms of its nurse, could not be saved though the Serang and Lascars repeatedly dived down to gain admittance through the cabin door.  The doors being jammed by the boxes which were floating about and constantly coming in contact with the diver's heads, it was not till after some greater efforts were made by the assistance of two or three boats that the schooner was righted and the body of the infant found amongst the sails.  A Coroner's inquest was immediately convened to allow the jury to view the body of the infant, but was adjourned to next day, some of the witnesses not being in attendance; on the jury re-assembling and entering into the different evidence given, a verdict of accidental death was recorded in the case of the infant.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 10 January 1863 (2)

CORRESPONDENCE.

To the Editor of the Daily Times.

Letter from the Coroner asking that details are not published of the evidence concerning the death of China Tambay.

   THE Coroner's Jury which investigated the death of the Kling at Campong Baroo, brought in a verdict of Wilful Murder against the three Frenchmen who were accused of the Crime.

   We do not publish the report of the evidence adduced at the Inquest for the reasons which are contained in the letter addressed to us by the Coroner and which appears in another column.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 17 January 1863 (2)

THURSDAY, 15TH JANUARY.

A Coroner's inquest was held at the Police Hospital yesterday afternoon to enquire into the circumstances attending the death of a Chinese servant who was brutally assaulted on boar the British barque Swiftsure, on the night of Tuesday last.

   From the evidence of Captain  John Honibal, Master of the barque Swiftsure, it appears that he left the vessel on the afternoon of the 13th instant at about ½ past 3 o'clock and went on shore, leaving his China boy in charge of the vessel together with the Cook, also a Chinaman.  He did not return to the vessel, till midnight, when he was accompanied by Captain Ludwigs, and on approaching the vessel heard loud groans proceeding from the direction of the ship.  On going on board, to their astonishment, saw the China boy extended on his back on the deck; his face severely mutilated and his head battered in; there was a great quantity of blood on the deck and detached pieces of flesh strewed about; he was breathing very hard and was hardly able to articulate.  Captain Ludwigs immediately went off for the Surgeon of the Rifleman who promptly answered to the call, and came on board to render medical assistance; some stimulants were administered, which revived the sufferer and on his being interrogated by his master repeatedly as to whether the cook had taken any part in assaulting him, he replied in the negative.  The same question was also put to him by the medical officer and the same answer received.  The cook was not present as he had also left the vessel some time after the Captain.  The Police on being sent for, proceeded to the vessel, and measures were taken to send the dying man off to the Hospital, where he expired.  The wounds were proved by the medical authority to have been inflicted by a blunt instrument.

   The jury after due deliberation returned an open verdict of Wilful murder against some person or persons unknown, and further recorded their opinion, which they desired should be communicated by the Coroner, regarding the system obtaining in Singapore owned ships, of discharging their crews immediately after arrival in port, thereby leaving ships wholly unprotected in the Harbour, and which in this case resulted in the murder of the Chinese servant.  [See also 'The Criminal Session," long reference to this case and jury's opinion, 11 April, page 1.]

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 7 March 1863 (2)

WEDNESDAY, 4TH MARCH.

The corpse of a Chinaman in an advanced state of decomposition, was found yesterday in the swamp between Kalang and Gaylang rivers.  It is supposed deceased must have been drowned some days ago.  The case was reported to the Coroner, who ordered the body to be interred.

   On information being received at 3 p.m. on Monday last at the D Station, that a Chinaman was lying dead in a Bangsal a quarter of a mile distant from Lavender street, Inspector Cox immediately repaired to the spot.  On examining the body, he found no marks of violence with the exception of a very insignificant bruise above the left eye, and the tail of deceased thrust into his mouth.

   On making repeated enquiries as to the cause of death, three Chinese came forward and stated that they had seen the deceased very severely assaulted by two Chinamen who were at once arrested.  The medical evidence at the inquest before H.M. Coroner went to prove that the neck of deceased was broken evidently by the maltreatment which was received at the hands of some persons.  On this the defendants were committed to take their trial for Wilful Murder.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 16 May 1863 (1)

PINANG.

We have to record no less than three cases of murder during the past week on the island.

   The first in order was committed by one of a gang of Macao Chinese who broke into and robbed the house of licensed grog-seller at Coboon Baru, Ayer Etam on the 3rd instant.  After plundering the premises, one of the robbers wantonly stabbed the owner of the shop, Tan Choo Goo, in the side from the effects of which he died next day.  As the robbers were making off the son of the deceased, who happened at the time to be watching for wild hogs at the rear of the house gave chase and fired a shot at the three men hew saw running on the road towards Batu Lanchang.  At the same moment, two peons, on duty at the cross road, intercepted one of the three men and took him prisoner.  An inquest has been held and the man arrested by the police committed by the Coroner for wilful murder.

   The next case is that of a Police peon who was found severely wounded on the Government hill road near the turn to Mr. Gillespie's Bungalow.  He was at once taken to the Hospital where he died during the night.  From his dying deposition it transpired that he was attacked by two Macao Chinese who lay in wait for him by the side of the road who suddenly sprang on him and inflicted the wounds with his own sword.  The fact however that a bloody cunda stick and baskets one of which contained a skinful of arrack was discovered in the jungle close to the spot, would lead to the conjecture that the peon had met with his fate while attempting to make a seizure of contraband spirits.  An inquest was held yesterday on the body and adjourned to next Monday.

   In the last case a Police peon is also the victim.  On the morning of the 8th instant some Malays going to bathe in the river at Bali Pulo found a man lying dead with several small puncture wounds on his body close by the water's edge.  He was dressed in a sarong only and probed to be an inoffensive Malay person named Montiga.  The affair in involved in mystery at present but circumstances lead to the idea that the murder has been committed by some Chinaman from jealousy.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 18 July 1863 (2)

THE Chinaman Yap tee, charged with the murder of his wife in Bally Lane, was this morning tried b y the Petit Jury, and found guilty; he was sentenced by his Lordship to be hanged, on a day to be named hereafter.

   An inquest was held at 3 P.M., on Sunday last at the Seamen's Hospital, on the body of a Chinaman named Kweh Kim Gam who was stabbed in Java Road on the forenoon of the 9th instant.  The verdict brought in by the Coroner's Jury, was Wilful Murder against a Chinaman named Tan Yong Team, and, as accessories before the fact, against Tan Jee Tee and Tan Wah Chow alias Tan Ah Boon.  The Jury arrived at this verdict from the evidence given by two Chinese, respectively named Chuah Ah Hoey and Lim Cheap Ah, who declared on oath, that they were eye-witnesses to the deed.

...

ANOTHER Tiger carried off a man from Sungei Pungal on Friday last.  The news was taken to the Police at Sirangoon, three of whom, with Carrol the tiger hunter, started off and after a severe walk came upon the trail, which they followed for about half a mile and then came on the dead body of a Chinaman lying on its face with the calf of one of the legs eaten away; the beast had evidently just left the body.  Carrol made his screen at once and sent all the men away.  In about an hour the tiger came round to leeward snuffing the air, and, apparently not liking the new scent, took to the thick jungle and would not shew.  In the afternoon the friends of the deceased Chinaman came and took away the body so that Carrol had no resource left, but to return disappointed with them.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 5 September 1863 (2)

TUESDAY, 1ST SEPTEMBER.

A Coroner's inquest was held yesterday at the Police Hospital at half-past 4 o'clock, on the body of Lim Ah Kee, the Chinaman who was waylaid and murdered at Bukit Timah; the inquest was adjourned to the 5th instant at 3 P.M.  The Jury viewed the body which was afterwards given over to the friends of the deceased for interment. 

   The following is the statement made by the companion of the deceased.

   Lee Ah Goey, a Chinese Christian, on being duly sworn, states as follows:

   I live at Soongie Krangie, and had a vegetable garden there.  It was about the 8th milestone, on the Bukit Timah Road - I have sold the Garden, the purchaser was Lim Ah Kee, the man who was murdered this morning, about ½ past 11 o'clock.  This morning I started from my late dwelling in company with Lim Ah Kee to Singapore to be present at the Police Office to give evidence in a case in which I was the prosecutor - and Lim Ah Kee  a witness - it was a case in  which I was assaulted and wounded and a warrant was obtained against three men one of whose name I know, viz., See Ah Tek  - the names of the other two I do not know, their persons I do know, and pointed them out to the Police (Barnum, Inspector) who took them into custody - they are now at the Police.  One is  ailed, I know his name, - Tan Tye Heng - of the three men two only have been taken - it was in this matter I was to prosecute this morning.  When we arrived near the high road, I saw seven men; they appeared to have hid themselves in the Jungle till we came up, they appeared suddenly - I say seven, but there must have been more, they were all armed with knives, as we came upon them they drew their knives - As we came up to the men, I heard a man call out, "there are the two men who are going to give evidence, take them, and kill them."  This was spoken by Tan Ah Moh, I am quite sure of this, for I heard his voice and know it well.  On this, Tan Ah Moh and another seized Lim Ah Kee by the hair, cut at him, whether or not they wounded him at that moment I know not, for I was afraid and ran away.  Four or five men ran after me, and I was wounded in the back, I continued to run and they left me, I do not know either of the men who wounded me.  The moon was up, but at this time obscured by clouds, the jungle is not high at this spot.  I can't tell the names of any of these men, but one, and I am able to swear to him by his voice.  All were dressed alike, in black jackets and short grousers.  I have been in the habit of seeing Tan Ah Moh daily, he has a Gambier and Pepper garden and sometimes employs as many as eight coolies, - his garden, is about two miles from mine, I do not know either of Tan Ah Moh's coolies.  Tan Ah Moh gambles at Whay whay, he is the keeper, - the lottery is opened daily at midday, I have seen this myself, not in a house but  sometimes on the side of the Road at others in the jungle, at no certain spot.  Tan Ah Moh is one of the head men of the Hoey there, this man's name is not in the warrant or [nor] did I complain that he was one of the men who wounded and assaulted me.  I have only one wound on my back.

Before me, (Signed.)  T. DUNMAN.  J.P. and Commissioner of Police.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 19 September 1863 (2)

NEWS OF THE WEEK.

MONDAY, 14TH SEPTEMBER.

A verdict of "died from natural causes," was returned by the jury at the inquest held on the body of Captain Frederick Lendholm at H.M. Jail, yesterday.

   AN inquest was held by the Coroner at the Police Hospital at 1 p.m. on Saturday last, on the body of a Chinaman named Koah Toan, who was instantaneously killed by the falling of a tree at Campong Seranee Thomson's Road.  The deceased who owned a small garden about 2 ½ miles off the Road, was engaged in felling some trees at 8 a.m., when a large decayed tree fell on him and killed him.  The injury causing death, was a fracture of the skull.  Verdict "accidental death."

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 17 October 1863 (1)

[HEADING wrong, shows as 14 October.]

WEDNESDAY, 14TH OCTOBER.

A verdict of found drowned was returned by the Coroner's Jury at the Inquest held yesterday at the Police Hospital on the body of the child, which had fallen into a well in a house on the Serangoon Road yesterday.  From the evidence deposed by the mother at the inquest, it appears, that the woman on the morning in question, had left her boy playing and went to the back to bathe herself but on returning she missed the child.  A strict search was made apparently without success, but on suggesting that the well opposite to her house should be searched, the lifeless body of the child was found.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 5 December 1863 (4)

TUESDAY, 1ST DECEMBER.

A Bugis was carried away by a Tiger at Passer Panjang on the 28th ultimo, and the body of deceased recovered a mile from the spot where he had been at work, - minus both arms, left leg and a part of the neck.

...

AN inquest was held by Dr. Scott yesterday on the body of a Chinaman whom we reported on Saturday last as having been found dead in the lockup of the Police station at Buddoo.  The man had been given into custody of the Police there by three Malays who charged him with trespass and larceny.  The fact of his death having created strong suspicions, enquiries were set on foot, when it appeared that the deceased on going to demand money owing him by the prisoners, they severely assaulted him, and that, - from the injuries received death ensued.  - A verdict of manslaughter was returned by the Jury against the Malays, respectively named Akung, Syed, and Sihiden.

   A Murder was perpetrated by a Malay named Mahomed at 6 A.M., on the morning of the 29th ultimo in Campong Rajah, North Bridge, the victim being the man's wife.  An inquest was held during the day and then adjourned.  Yesterday the Jury reassembled and after entering into the facts of the case, a verdict of Wilful Murder was recorded against the prisoner who was forthwith committed to custody under a Coroner's warrant.  From the statement made by the murderer as to his reasons for committing the crime, it appears that jealousy had pushed him to commit the act.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 30 January 1864 (18)

A Coroner's Inquest was held at the Police Hospital yesterday evening, on the body of the Police Peon , No. 28, named Sallay, who was accidentally shot near the tiger pit, about 7 ½ A.M. on Sunday morning.  The wounded man survived until four o'clock on Monday morning, and expired at the Hospital.  From the evidence deposed it appears the deceased was shot during some random firing b y the police peons; neither the Deputy Commissioner nor then Inspectors had discharged their pieces. - Verdict accidental death.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 2 April 1864 (1)

A Coroner's Inquest was held at the Police Hospital on Saturday morning last, to inquire into the circumstances attending the death of a Chinaman at Tanjong Paggar.  From the evidence deposed at the inquest, it appears that deceased is a Cooly to a Chinaman, proprietor of some large wells; the water of which is offered for sale.  Deceased being absent from the house on Friday evening, search was made for him, when other coolies who were prosecuting their search in a well found his body.  Information was given to the Towkay who ordered them to place the corpse in a small box and bury it.  A report of this occurrence was subsequently made by one of deceased friends to the police, who exhumed the body and conveyed it to the Hospital.  On the body being examined, the neck appeared to have been broken in three places, and an extensive fracture of the skull sustained.  A stage is erected over the well for the purpose of drawing the water out, and the deceased must have (In the opinion of the Jury) fallen from this and met his death. - Verdict, "accidental death."

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 2 April 1864 (2)

H.M. Coroner held an inquest at the Police Hospital at 2 p.m. yesterday, on the body of a Chinaman who was found murdered in his house No. 54 Killiney Road.  After the jury had viewed the body, the medical evidence was taken, which stated that the deceased must have been dead over 50 hours.  The inquest was then adjourned to 10 a.m. to day.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 29 April 1864 (2)

NEWS OF THE WEEK.

MONDAY, 25TH APRIL.

A Coroner's inquest was held this morning by F. H. Gottlieb, Esq., on the body of a Chinese boy named Lim Tan Sing, aged 3 years, who fell into a well on a plantation on Thomson Road.  It appears that deceased and his sister, a girl of five years of age, were playing near the well yesterday evening, when by some mishap the child slipped and fell in. - Verdict, accidental death. [Notice of his appointment as Deputy Coroner in the same column.]

   A Boyanese was killed on Saturday morning last, by the falling of a land slip at Puloh Brani, and three other men were also more or less injured.  A number of Chinese and Boyans were employed by Messrs. Fisher and Riley in levelling a part of a hill at that place, when by cutting down the earth of the foot of the hill, the upper part gave way and caused the accident.  The man was completely buried by the soil, and when dug out life was extinct.

...

Some peons going along the Beach Road yesterday morning found a Chinaman carrying the body of a male Chinese for the purpose of burial.  The man was seized and the circumstance brought to the knowledge of H.M. Coroner, who ordered the body to be removed to the dead house for an inquest to be held on it.  After the body had been viewed by the jury the evidence of the Chinaman named Yap Soon Wah, a brother of the deceased was taken, and the jury unanimously returned a verdict of found drowned, being of opinion that the deceased had fallen out of his boat during the squall that occurred on the morning of the 26th instant.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 14 May 1864 (2)

NEWS OF THE WEEK.

MONDAY, 9TH MAY.

A Coroner's Inquest was held at the Police Hospital on Tuesday last, on the body of a Chinaman who committed suicide by hanging himself.  The evidence brought forward at the inquest went to show, that the deceased, who is a brickmaker, had been suffering a long time from an ulcer on his foot and had perpetrated the act to rid himself from his sufferings.  The jury after a brief consultation, brought in a verdict of Felo de se.  A Coroner's warrant was immediately issued for the interment of deceased.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 21 May 1864 (2)

WEDNESDAY, 18TH MAY.

We hear from Bangkok, that Captain Hardie of the Omar Pasha of this port, committed suicide by blowing his brains out with a pistol when two days out from Bangkok bound to China.  No cause is stated for the act.  The Omar Pasha put back to Bangkok.

THURSDAY, 19TH MAY.

H.M. Coroner holds an inquest at noon to-day, on the body of a Bengalee Convict named Jammal.  The man absconded from the Jail about a fortnight ago, and subsequently hung himself to a tree at Kallang Dale.  We hear that the body of the man had been hanging there about a week.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 4 June 1864 (1)

WEDNESDAY, 1ST JUNE.

H.M. Coroner held an inquest yesterday evening on the body of Joseph Jenner, an European, a butcher belonging to the P. and O. Company's steamer China.  It appears, that deceased with a number of others bathed alongside the wharf the previous evening and was found missing.  Malay divers were subsequently employed and the body found.  After the body had been viewed by the jury, and the evidence entered into, a verdict of found drowned was returned by the Jury.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 11 June 1864 (2)

FRIDAY, 10th  JUNE.

A Coroner's inquest was held this morning on the body of a Kling cook named Mootiah who was picked up in Killeny Road yesterday in a state of intoxication, and conveyed home where he died.  The jury after entering into the particulars of the case, recorded a verdict of "death through excessive drinking."

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 16 July 1864 (2)

The following are the proceedings of the inquest held on the body of the Chinaman who was stabbed on Saturday night last.

   The information of witnesses taken before me, F. H. Gottlieb, H.M. Deputy Coroner on behalf of our Sovereign Lady the Queen, at the General Hospital this tenth day July one thousand eight hundred and sixty four, touching the death of Lim Bacho Thayarn now lying dead before this inquest.

   Sampson Surrey, sworn states I am an able seaman working on board the Rangoon at the Borneo Company's Coal Wharf.  Last evening, Saturday 9th July, I left the Albion, North Canal Road at 10 P.M. together with three besides myself, named Thomas Aurington, Rainer, McGrath, and another whose name I do not know; we call him Loui.  We walked along the road very quietly towards our ship at New Harbour, when we came opposite the Chinese Burying ground on the New Harbour road, James McGrath was a little behind us, he had a bundle under his arm with some clean clothes in it.  At this time, four men jumped upon McGrath and have him down, he sung out "Frank (they always call me Frank on board the ship,) these fellows are going to take my bundle away."  I at once went to his assistance, and I had no sooner got them then he called out "Frank I'm cut, look out for yourself."  I then slewed round and hove the bundle to him, which I had picked up.  On McGrath being cut, as soon as I hove the bundle to him, then four men got on to me and hove me down, one man knelt upon my chest and I lost some cents out of my jumpers pocket.  At this time, there was a man had hold of me by my beard and I hit him and he sung out, I then saw a man going to make a blow at me with some sharp instrument upon a stick, it had a handle about a foot and a half long, and looked like an axe, I would call it a Tomahawk.  I was at this time upon my back and could no nothing, I saw the man coming towards me with a Tomahawk, and I  raised myself (having thrown the man off who knelt upon me) upon one knee, and then seeing the axe raised and coming with all his force upon my head I raised my right arm to shield myself and drew my knife which was in its sheath, in my waist at my back, and as I put my arm to defend myself and drew my knife I called, "If you do I'll put this in to you" at the same time I made a thrust at him, whether I wounded the person or not I cannot tell, but think I did.  Had I not thrust at the person when I did, the axe would have split my head open and killed me dead on the spot. After this I righted myself and tried to make a bolt, and run, but the other men jumped upon me and hove me down and took my knife from me, just as they got the knife from me, then three (3) men hove in sight, they were dressed in white and immediately they came in sight, the man who attacked me ran away; the men in white came up to me, they were natives, and I told them what had happened they beckoned me to go with them and took me to the soldiers barracks on the top of a hill, the men left me here, and another man in the barracks, showed me a place where I slept, and in the morning I went on board the ship my messmates ran away and left me by myself and I did not see them until this morning.  We reported these circumstances to the mate, and this morning I was scouring after breakfast and washing the deck; but before I had time to rig myself, the Inspector of Police came and made enquiries and asked if any of us was in trouble last night and had stabbed a man, and I said "yes I had," and the Inspector brought me in with him.

   I had three glasses of brandy with lemon syrup, was fresh, but sober.  I cannot account for the second blow over the eye of the deceased.

   By the Foreman.---None of us had sticks.  McGrath only had a piece of sugar cane in his hand about three and a half feet in length.  We have never had any quarrel with any men round there.  I had with me six cents, all the money I had about me, and a Dangaree jumper.  We were in the middle of the road.  Had I not used my knife, I verily believe I should have been dead, not a second was to the lost,---had I a stick I should not have used my knife, and am very sorry a man has been killed as I never intended it.

   By the Deputy Coroner.---I do not know who these were who attacked us, they had tails like Chinamen, because I caught hold of their tails.  I am not wounded in any part, but was beaten on different parts of my body, I have no marks upon me.  I have seen a dead body with a wound in the stomach, but cannot say if that was the man who attacked me.

   Andrew Ferguson sworn, states, --- I am Assistant Residency Surgeon.  I have examined the body of a Chinaman aged about 30 years - the body is in good condition, it has two wounds upon it; the 1st No. 1 is an incised triangular shape about an inch and a half long immediately on the outer angle of left eye, cutting down to the bone, and slightly indenting it; 2nd an incised wound about 2 ½ inches long at the bottom of the sternum towards the left side, it entered the abdomen cutting in to that part of the liver which lies immediately beneath, and one of the walls of the stomach, there was a large quantity of clotted blood in the abdomen.  The upper and lower eyelids were contused, the other organs of the body were healthy and natural.  I saw the man this morning at about ½ past one he was then in a dying state from internal hemorrhage the result of the wound in the stomach.  The wound in the head was a simple one, No. 2 in the stomach was the fatal one.  Wound No. 1 might have been caused by a fall upon a sharp flinty triangular stone.  He was not in a state at this time to give a deposition, that was between one and 2 o'clock a.m. this morning.

   James McGrath sworn states,---I am able seaman on board the Rangoon.  I am only on monthly wages.  I left my ship last evening about 7 o'clock for the purpose of going to Town for some clothes, which I had at the Albion Tavern, in North Canal Road.  I got my clothes and was returning to the ship with my bundle under my left arm, Sampson Surrey was with me.  We left the ship together, and left the Albion together to return to our ship.  Two other men, who are working on board the same ship, were walking a little a head of us.  We had reached the Chinese graveyard on the New Harbour Road, when a Chinaman came from under the Bamboos on the left side of the Road and made a grab at my bundle.  I stepped back and wouldn't let him have it.  Three more Chinese came out and struck me across the back with a stick, which knocked me down.  I sang to my comrade "Frank, these fellows are taking my bundle away," upon which he came back to me, and I told him to take up the bundle, which he did.  At the same time as Frank picked up my bundle, a Chinaman struck me on the left hand with some sharp instrument with a handle to it, the blow cut me between my thumb and fore-finger, (shews a severe cut between his thumb and forefinger): I sung out "Frank this fellow has cut me," he said where, "I said, on my hand  and I said "look out for your head or you'll get a welt of it too," he ran and picked me up, I then picked up my bundle and ran; when I picked up my bundle he sung out "I am down," I said "its no use my coming back because I can do nothing for you, he said "never mind, go on." I then ran right on to the ship: and saw nothing more of my comrade until 7 o'clock this morning.  I had a short piece of sugar-cane which I picked up and struck some one with it.  I saw the Chinaman flourish the instrument over his head to strike Frank or me, it was the same one with which he cut me.

   Yap Chin Seng, - sworn, states, - I am employed by Mr. Cobb.  I live at Bukit Passoo.  About 10 o'clock as I was returning from my relations at New Harbour at the Sepoy lines, I heard some one calling out for help I went to the spot and saw a man wounded, he was sitting, and asked me to con vey him to the Police station, saying, that Matros, 5 men, had stabbed him.  I supported him and with the assistance of a Policeman.  I walked with him to the Police station and the only thing he said was he had been stabbed b y a sailor.  I know deceased, he is a doctor, but he is no friend of mine.  His name is Lim Lwee, he is a Siam Chinese.

   Thomas Dunman, sworn states, - I am Commissioner of Police, Singapore.  I have heard the evidence given at this inquest.  No persons have come forward to claim the body of the deceased.  Every enquiry has been made, and notice been sent to then head of the Kongsee to which he belongs, without any coming forward.  This is most unusual as in every instance, the corpse has been claimed when the person has met a violent death.  The place where this occurred is a lonely spot, and this is a second case within a month which has occurred in that locality.

   The Jury having heard the evidence are of opinion, that "deceased came to his death from the effects of a wound inflicted by one Sampson Surrey while defending his life from the attack of a gang of robbers, of which the deceased was one, and the Jury are further of opinion, that the said Sampson Surrey was justified in so doing."

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 23 July 1864 (3)

NEWS OF THE WEEK.

TUESDAY, 19TH JULY.

An open verdict of wilful murder was returned by the Coroner's Jury on Sunday last, at the inquest held on the body of a Christian Chinese who was found dead in his house in the Soongie Cranje district.  The man fell a victim to a foul murder; his mouth and other parts of his body being literally hacked to pieces, and a deep wound in his side being the immediate cause of death.  No property which was in the house was stolen, nor was there any appearance of a struggle before death; revenge seems to have been the motive of the crime.

SATURDAY, 23RD JULY.

F. H. Gottlieb, Esq., held an inquest this morning at the Police Hospital on the body of a Chinese Coolie named Chan Qui.  The man was engaged at work on board the British ship Rangoon on the morning of the 21ST last, when he fell into the hold of the vessel.  He was picked up and conveyed ashore and expired yesterday evening.  Verdict, "accidental death."

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 30 July 1864 (2)

NEWS OF THE WEEK.

MONDAY, 25TH JULY.

The Sitting Magistrate took down yesterday the dying deposition of Thomas Smith, Flagstaff keeper at Mount Faber, who was severely assaulted on the night of the 13th instant by one Enrico de'Souza.  The former, as report says, being intoxicated gave the latter some provocation, and also attempted to assault him, when defendant armed with a club inflicted severe blows on the face and head of the man, causing injuries from which recovery is stated by the medical authorities to be hopeless.

   Since writing the above, Thomas Smith has expired.

WEDNESDAY, 27TH JULY.

The following are the proceedings of the inquest held on the body of Thomas Smith, on Monday last.

   The information and complaint of witnesses taken before F. H. Gottlieb, Esq. H.M. Deputy Coroner, on behalf of outr Sovereign Lady the QWueen, at No. 96 Prinsep Street the 25th July, one thousand eight hundred and sicty-four, touching the death of Thomas Smith now lyuing dead before this inquest.

   Tert[??]an Jorge De Rozario, sworn states, - I am a clerk at Messrs. Middleton, Harrison & Co., and am living in Queen Street.  On the 13th instant, at about 10 P.M., I was in my house (am not sure whether it was the 13th or 15th instant), and in conversation with my family, and heard a row, as of persons in dispute some six doors distant, and being downstairs, I went out to the front gate, and heard the prisoner's voice.  I hastened to the spot and saw deceased and prisoner quarrelling and struggling with each other, - this was in front of the prisoner's house.  I then went between them, separated them, and caught hold of prisoner's arm, and coaxed him into the house, and as soon as prisoner's wife saw him in the house, she came and closed the door,- the door is in two parts, a upper half and a lower half.  The deceased followed prisoner and got into the verandah, and challenged prisoner to fight and said, "come out you damned rascal, I not fear you," and prisoner who was inside replied, "you'd better walk off," the deceased still continued standing there, and while I had turned round to see some of my friends I heard the deceased still continuing to abuse the prisoner and challenging him to come out and fight, upon which I again turned round in the direction of prisoner and saw him push a stick at deceased, upon which he instantly fell.  I did not see the stick touch deceased, nor can I tell where it struck him, but believe it was in con sequence of the blow the deceased fell.  I do not know the size of the stick.  The deceased fell across the gutter into the road, his feet were upon the verandah and his head upon the road (the jurors suggest a visit to the spot in order to fully understand the relative position of the several parties; and upon the return of the Deputy Coroner, Jury, witnesses and prisoner, evidence continues.)

   The verandah is about 18 inches higher than the road, and had two steps leading into the verandah, the lower one of brick; and a large granite stone formed the upper step.  When deceased fell I heard him say, "Ph my Lord," upon hearing him say this I got frightened and walked away, but did not speak to deceased or offer him any assistance.  I think prisoner and deceased were drunk, for both staggered, - when I parted them, they both smelt of liquor.  The prisoner and deceased were great friends, and as long as I have known them, I have not known them to quarrel, - the deceased used to go frequently to prisoner's house and enjoy himself there, say 2 or 3 times a month.  I have seen him there myself.  I did not upon the night in question see the deceased strike prisoner, nor at any time before this occurrence have I seen deceased strike prisoner.  The deceased did not touch prisoner's door.  I did not see any stick in either prisoner's or deceased's hands while they were upon the road.  I do not know where prisoner procured the stick from, with which he pushed the deceased.  I think the stick the prisoner had in his hand, was about 3 feet long, 1 ¼ inches in diameter.  Neither prisoner or deceased are related to me.  Deceased had charge of the Mount Faber Flagstaff and prisoner is employed at Messrs. D'Almeida & Sons's godown.  I do not know why prisoner and deceased quarrelled upon that evening.

   By a Juror, - I do not know whether it was a powerful blow, not do I know where deceased was struck.

   By the Prisoner - Do you not know, that as we quarrelled a hack was passing by, which I sgtopped, and requested deceased to get in and go home ?

   Ans. - No I did not.

   Question. - Do you kn ow that Smith was walking about in front of my door ?

  1. - No.

Q. - Did you see a hack opposite my house ?

A. - Yes, I did.

   Daniel de Paiva, sworn states, - I was before employed by the Government as an Overseer in the P.W.D., and am now a Contractor for supplying materials to P.W.D.  I recollect upon Wednesday night, ion the 13th July, about 10 P.M. my door was shut and I had gone to bed, I heard a noise in the street, I opened my window and saw a gharry in the middle of the road.  I live in Queen Street.  I saw deceased standing alongside of the carriage - the prisoner was standing in front of his door, on the road, about 4 or 5 feet from deceased.  I heard deceased say "Emerico, do you challenge me to fight ?" Prisoner replied, "no doubt if you like to fight I'll fight you," upon which prisoner's wife came out and said to Smith, "Kanyong Tomas, vai caza," (which means, brother Thomas, go home) upon which deceased left the carriage by which he was standing and came up to where prisoner was standing, who moved towards his own door, deceased following him.  Nit being able to see anything from my own window, I came downstairs, which occupied some minutes as my house was dark before, I groped for the door and got out, - it was moonlight when I walked to prisoner's house.  I saw deceased lying upon the road close to the drain, he was upon his knees and elbows, and just raised his head.  I saw blood upon his left eye, face, and shirt and a small pool of blood upon the road.  The prisoner was standing outside his door at the door post, when his wife pulled him in.  The deceased called me by my name and said "Daniel, judah cong eu", (which means, Daniel, help me) I did not reply but becoming afraid, in consequence of seeing the blood I did not help him, but put back to my own door.  There were a number of men around deceased, I think about 50, and only one man, attempted to help him - he is called Francis but I do not know his surname.  He lifted deceased by his arm, who then stood up, and came next door to my house, supported by Francis, (where he (deceased) sat down.  By this time the peons came, and I heard deceased speak to the peon and said, "Emerico sudah pookol." The peon then said, I will take you to the hospital.  Deceased said he could not walk upon which the peon went for a palanquin but not able to procure one and the deceased recovering himself somewhat, walked away with his cousin.  Prisoner was not present when the conversation took place between the peon and deceased.

   I have known prisoner and deceased for upwards of 20 years, but have never known them quarrel before that night. I only heard deceased challenging prisoner to fight, but [crease in paper][but heard neither of them make use of bad language] to each other.  The deceased is the older of the two.  I did not see them strike each other, and no stick in either of their hands.  I am not related to either prisoner or deceased.  I do not know what they quarrelled about, nor do I know whether they were drunk.

   Francis Morice,  sworn states, - I am a Butler employed at the Hotel de Europe.  On the night of one day, about 10 or 12 days ago, I was in bed in my house in Queen Street.  About half-past nine o'clock P.M. IO heard a noise in the street and went into the street.  I there saw Thomas Smith lying down, and at the same time saw Johannes Pereira.  We both lifted him up (deceased) and placed him in one of the Portuguese houses.  I left him there and went to bed.

   Andrew Ferguson, M.D. sworn states, - I am Residency Assistant Surgeon, and have been attending upon Thomas Smith, the deceased, about 10.30 a.m., on Thursday the 21st instant.  I was called in by Mr. Chopard to see an old man called Thomas Smith flagstaff Sergeant at Mount Faber, said to be ill from an injury in his face received some days ago.  I called at once upon Thomas Smith and found a wound about an inch in length a little beneath the left eye which was suppurating and had the appearance of having been recently inflicted, it was a cut through the integument - there was no other cut wounds, but one or two scratches about the face.  At the time I visited him he was suffering from Erysipelas of the left side of the face and forehead which gradually extended over the whole head and face and internally affected the brain, from which he sunk exhausted, and died to-day at about 11 o'clock A.M.  The exciting cause of the Erysipelas on the left side of the face was the wound above described; and from which he died.  This wound might have been produced by a fall, a blow from a fist, or a stick.  I saw the deceased about 12 months ago - he was then suffering from Erysipelas of the leg produced by the bite of a dog.  I would think the deceased was about 55 or 60 years of age.  He was a short, stout, well built man, but by no means a strong man, and was suffering from the infirmity of old age - the body viewed by the jurors is that of Thomas Smith above referred to.

    By a juror - It is possible that had proper attention been paid to this wound - Erysipelas would not have resulted therefrom.

   Ans. - The wound was a simple one.

   "The jury having heard the evidence, are of opinion that the deceased Thomas Smith, came by his death from the wound under his left eye which caused Erysipelas, but whether this wound is attributable to a blow or a fall, there is not sufficient evidence to show."

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THE Chinaman that we reported some time ago as having fallen from a tree while gathering fruit, near No. 2 station Bukit Timah, expired at the Police hospital yesterday, from injuries sustained by his fall.  A report of the occurrence was made to H.M. Deputy Coroner who under the circumstances of the case, ordered the body of the deceased to be given to his friends for burial, an inquest being unnecessary.

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YESTERDAY, the Sitting Magistrate investigated a charge of manslaughter against Emerico d'Souza, who was defended by Mr. Alex. Baumgarten.  The accused was convicted of committing an assault, on the person of the late Thomas Smith deceased, and awarded a fine of 100 Rupees or the alternative of 4 months' imprisonment in the House of Correction.  The fine was paid.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 17 September 1864 (2)

THURSDAY, 15TH SEPTEMBER.

A Coroner's inquest is being held at the police Hospital to-day, on the body of a Chinese named Lew Kee Kang.

   The man plies a sampan for hire at Tanjong Rhoo and was last seen alive in his boat on the 13th instant, and at the time, complained to a witness of being unwell.  Further particulars were made known to the Police by one of the deceased's relatives, that the missing man was subject to headaches and giddiness, and that when in this state he might have fallen in to the water. Accordingly search was made and the corpse recovered this morning, which on examination bore no marks of violence.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 17 September 1864 (2)

FRIDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER.

A verdict of "found drowned," was returned by the Coroner's jury at the inquest held yesterday on the body of Lee Kee Kang the China sampanman.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 1 October 1864 (2)

MONDAY, 26TH SEPTEMBER.

A Chinaman, inmate of the Lunatic Asylum, committed suicide yesterday morning by hanging himself to the roof of the bath room of the establishment.  A Coroner's inquest on the body of deceased, as well as on the body of the Macau China boy, is now being held at the Police Hospital.

...

YESTERDAY morning, a Macao China, boy named Wang Fah Yok aged about 16 years, died from the effects of a blow inflicted on him by a Chinese fish seller at the Ellenborough market.  The facts of the case are these :---A Chinese lad employed at a Tailor's shop in Hongkong Street, was dispatched by his towkay to purchase some fish.  The boy on arriving at the market and seeing some exposed for sale by a Chinaman, enquired its price, when he was told that it was twelve cents.  The boy offered five cents, and at the same time disputed the quality of the article.  On this, the man struck the boy on the face, and the boy no doubt smarting from the blow must have most probably abused the man, when the latter with a doubled first inflicted a hard blow on the ribs on the left side of deceased who immediately fell down and was not heard to speak more.  He was however picked up by his friends and taken to the A station and from there conveyed to the Police Hospital, where he expired.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 5 November 1864 (2)

TUESDAY, 1ST NOVEMBER.

A Coroner's inquest was held yesterday evening on the body of a Chinese pauper, who was found drowned in a pond in the jungle about 10 miles from Thomson Road.---Verdict accordingly.

...

IN a row that took place yesterday afternoon, between some Chinese boatmen at Tanjong Pagar, a Chinaman met his death through drowning.  The Chinese attacked each other with sticks, and in the melee, two men unfortunately were knocked overboard.  One of the men managed to save himself, whilst the other was missing, and his body recovered towards night.  An inquest on the corpse will be held to-day by H.M. Coroner.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 7 January 1865 (1)

WEDNESDAY, 4TH JANUARY.

A Coroner's inquest was held on Sunday morning last, on the body of a Christian Chinese, whose death resulted from wounds received in a row that took place on the morning of the 29th ultimo, near the Ellenborough Market.  The verdict was, however, at the request of the Commissioner of Police, not recorded.

   On Sunday last, a verdict of Felo de se was returned at a Coroner's inquest held on the body of a Hindoo, named Veera Putten.  A witness at the inquest deposed that at 8 A.M. on coming out of a house on the Gaylang Road, he found deceased, hanging by the neck to a beam in the verandah of the house, - life was extinct.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 21 January 1865 (2)

FRIDAY, 20TH JANUARY.

ANOTHER of the murderers who has had a hand in the Balestier road murder, named Kassim, was apprehended by the Police at Tanglin on Wednesday afternoon.

   A Coroner's inquest was being held yesterday afternoon, on the body of the Kling who was brutally assaulted on Balestier Road on Monday last.  In our report of this case, we stated that the man expired on the road, which on subsequent enquiries made, appears not to have been the case; - the deceased died in the Police Hospital at half past 8 o'clock, half an hour after he had been admitted.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 4 February 1865 (2)

MONDAY, 30TH JANUARY.

AFTER an investigation at great length, by the Sitting Magistrate, on Wednesday and Thursday last into the circumstances of the Balestier Road murder case, four of the prisoners were committed for trial at the next Session for "wilful murder," and the fifth, a Kling, named Shaik Merah, as an accessory after the fact.

...

H.M. Coroner held an Inquest at the Police Hospital on Saturday last at 10 A.M., on the body of a European, named George Smithbert, which was found on the beach opposite the Institution Schools the same morning.  Deceased is a young man, and came out here as 2nd officer of the steamer Johore, and on the arrival of the vessel, he left her and took lodgings at the Prince of Wales Tavern, where he indulged continually in drink.  He was last seen alive by a European seaman at the gate of the Sailors' Home at 12 o'clock on Friday night.  On examining the body, no marks of violence were found.  In the pocket of deceased's trowsers were found two shillings.  A verdict of found drowned was recorded by the jury.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 25 February 1865 (2)

FRIDAY, 24TH FEBRUARY.

A Coroner's inquest was held on Wednesday, at noon, on the body of a European named Mark Donovan, steward of the P. and O. Company's steamer Orissa.  From the evidence adduced at the inquest, it appears deceased came by his death by accidentally falling over the wharf at New Harbour, while attempting, it is supposed, to save a native seaman who had also fallen  into the water.  A verdict of accidental death by drowning was returned by the Jury.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 18 March 1865 (1)

MONDAY, 13TH MARCH.

On Friday evening last, a murder was committed at a Plantation near the 7th mile stone on the Bukit Timah Road.  The victim in the case was a Tew Chew Chinaman.  Then supposed murdered, also a Chinese and a member of the Gee Hok Kingse, has been apprehended by the Police.  A Coroner's inquest was held on the body on Saturday, but was adjourned till Thursday next.

SATURDAY, 18TH MARCH.

A Coroner's inquest was held on Thursday on the body of the Chinaman who was murdered on the 10th inst. at a Plantation near the 7th mile stone on the Bukit Timah Road, and was further adjourned till to-day.

...

An inquest was held b y K. B. S. Robertson, Esq., on Thursday evening last, touching the death of a Kling.  The deceased who was subject to fits, was bathing at 8 A.M. in the Canal near the C Police Station, when it is supposed that he was attacked by a fit, fell down in the water and was drowned, - Verdict, accidental death.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 8 April 1865 (2)

THURSDAY, 6TH APRIL.

On Tuesday morning last, a Kling, name unknown, was picked up in a dying state on the road leading to Princeps Hill by the Police.  On his way to the Hospital he expired.  The body of deceased appeared much emaciated, and it was ordered to be buried by H.M. Coroner as an inquest was considered unnecessary.

   At 8 o'clock on Tuesday morning, information was received by H.M. Coroner that a life convict had suddenly died in the Jail.  Inspector Barnum was despatched to make enquiries in the case, when it appeared that deceased had been sick for a long time.  The body bore no marks of violence, and it is supposed general debility was the cause of death.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 15 April 1865 (2)

MORAL INSANITY.

The suicide of the murderer George Victor Townley has recalled public attention not only to the history of his crime, but to the strength or weakness of the view, held by certain medical authorities on what is now called "Moral Insanity."  [Continues, long editorial.] From: Saturday review February, 25.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 22 April 1865 (1)

SATURDAY APRIL 22 1865.

EXPLOSION AT NEW HARBOUR.

On Saturday afternoon, about four o'clock, a melancholy accident attended with considerable loss of life, occurred at New Harbour; - The steamer Johore, ... when the boiler exploded.  Dead: 3 Europeans, and 17 natives.  Inquest postponed; "it does not seem likely that a satisfactory solution of the cause of this fearful calamity will ever be obtained." ... Account of Inquest.

WEDNESDAY 19 APRIL 1865.

A verdict of found drowned was recorded by the Coroner's jury yesterday, in the case of Samuel Baike, whose body was picked up in the sea on Tuesday night last, where the deceased had gone to bathe.

   A warrant of apprehension has been issued from the Commissioner's Office against four Chinaman, who are accused of the murder of two Chinese at Bukit Timah---victims of a Hoey fight.  The Coroner's inquest on the bodies has been adjourned to Monday next.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 29 April 1865 (1)

THE EXPLOSION AT NEW HARBOUR.

Further inquest proceedings.  Verdict---Accidental death.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 29 April 1865 (2)

TUESDAY, 25TH APRIL.

The Court of criminal Sessions was occupied yesterday ...  The case of Perjury against a Bengalee female was postponed to next sessions, as also the case of murder which took place at Bukit Timah in March last, - the prisoner being un well.  Shaik Marah, a Kling, who is charged with being an accessory before the fact in the murder of Katta Rowten, the Cattle dealer, was remanded to next Session.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 6 May 1865 (2)

TUESDAY, 2ND MAY.

YESTERDAY morning, H.M. Coroner held an inquest on the body of a Kling who was drowned while bathing in the river at Campong Karbou.  Verdict accordingly.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 13 May 1865 (2)

TUESDAY 9TH MAY.

A Coroner's inquest was held by F. H. Gottlieb, Esq. on Sunday last on the body of a Convict named Pehriah who was found murdered that same morning in the Castle shed at the back of the C. station, at Campong Krabow.  The jury having viewed the body the inquest was adjourned until 2 p.m. on the 10th instant.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 20 May 1865 (1)

THURSDAY 18TH MAY.

The proceedings of the inquest touching the murder of the convict Pehriah at the Government cattle sheds, was commenced yesterday afternoon before H.M. Deputy Coroner.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 27 May 1865 (2)

MONDAY 27TH MAY.

A verdict of Felo de se was returned by the Coroner's jury on Saturday last, at an inquest held on the body of a Chinaman who committed suicide the previous day by hanging himself in a Plantation on the Tanah Merah Road.  A similar verdict was also recorded, in the case of the Chinaman who hung himself in Middle Road, on Thursday last.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 10 June 1865 (2)

TUESDAY 6TH JUNE.

H.M. Coroner held an inquest at 4 p.m., on the 2nd instant, at the Police Hospital, on the body of a male Chinese infant which was found in the drain in Hill Street by a Duffadar attached to the B. Station.  No marks of violence was found on the body on examination - death having resulted, it is supposed, from suffocation.  An open verdict was recorded by the Jury.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 17 June 1865 (2)

TUESDAY 6TH JUNE.

The following are the proceedings of the Coroner's inquest touching the death of one of the victims of the late amok.

   The information and complaint of witnesses severally taken before me K. B. S. Robertson, H.M. Coroner, on behalf of our Sovereign Lady the Queen, touching the death of Gantie now lying dead in the Government dead house this 15th day of June 1865.

   At 3 p.m. Jury sworn and the body of Gantie viewed an on account of the evidence not being ready the inquest is adjourned until to morrow at 2 p.m.

   Friday, 16th day of June 1865, Police office ¼ past 2 p.m. Jurors all present.

   Johannus Hermannus Fishedick, sworn, states.  - I am Chief Officer of the Dutch brig Schwinge now lying in the roads of Singapore.  I know the deceased Gantie, - he was the Serang of the ship and has been so since the 6th of last month.  He was a quiet well con ducted man.  The night before last, between 7 and 8 o'clock while in the after cabin of the vessel, I heard a noise forward and at once went towards the spot as far as the foremast, when I met the prisoner - he at once struck me.  I asked what was the matter and received no answer but a blow on my right hand with some heavy instrument.  As soon as I received this I went aft and got into the cabin and shut the door, - the crew went on the rigging.  The next thing I knew was the cook came aft wounded and I allowed him in and kept the cabin door closed until the Police came on board.  When the prisoner was taken he had something in his hand but what it was I cannot say.

   The Head Inspector now present seized the prisoner.  I cannot account in any way for the prisoner's conduct.  I did not see the deceased killed.

   This is read over to the prisoner who says, I never did anything on board the ship and why should the mate come and make this statement.

   Before me, K.B.S. Robertson, H.M. Coroner.

   Alice, sworn states, - I am cook on board of a Dutch brig and have been so for two months, and about 10 days in the Singapore Harbour.   Know the deceased Gantie - he was the Serang of the ship.  The night before last at seven o'clock while I was in the (Galley) cook house, I saw the prisoner go to the Serang who was lying on the fore hatch and strike him with the iron belaying pin produced; the Serang was lying covered with his blanket and the rest of the crew were about the ship some sleeping and some awake, I was alone.  As soon as I saw the blow struck, I looked out and said what is the matter and received a blow myself on my right cheek bone and fell down.  I afterwards got aft and hid in the cabin with the last witness.  The rest of the crew went aloft and some jumped in to the water.  The Police came on board and the prisoner was taken in to custody.  I cannot say how many blows the prisoner struck the deceased.  I did not see all.

   Before me, &c.

   Andrew Ferguson, sworn states - I am the Assistant Surgeon in charge of the police Hospital and have viewed the body of a Javanese named Gantie aged about 25 years and found the body covered with blood in a dry state and the following wounds: No. 1 - A lacerated wound about 2 ½ inches in length over the right cheek bone which fractured the bone.  No. 2 - On the right eye had a small cut.  No. 3 - On the right eyebrow a lacerated wound of one and a half inches in length down to the bone.  No. 4 - On the left temple a lacerated wound about two in. in length cutting down to the bone.  No. 5 - On the left side of the head a lacerated wound about 4 inches in length which fractured the bones of the skull and wounded the brain.

   The iron shovel produced, is a very likely instrument for the above wounds to have been inflicted with.  Deceased had apparently been dead about 10 or even 20 hours when I saw him.

   Before me, &c.

Verdict - Wilful murder against the prisoner Sallee.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 17 June 1865 (2)

THURSDAY 15TH JUNE.

A prisoner charged with wilful murder on the calendar at the last Session - and being unable to take his trial in consequence of severe indisposition, died at 10 a.m. on Monday last at H.M. Jail.  An inquest was held on the body by H.M. Coroner at 3 p.m. and a verdict of death from natural causes was returned by the jury.

   [also initial report of the amok Javanese Sallee.]

  

THE STRAITS TIMES, 17 June 1865 (2)

FRIDAY 16TH JUNE.

THREE Chinese were killed at Blakang Mati yesterday evening by the falling of a sand bank upon them.  On the occurrence reaching the Police authorities, Inspector Cox was despatched to the place.

...

No reason or cause seems to be assigned foe the amok which was run by the Javanese seaman named Sallee, on board the brig Sotida on Wednesday night last.  A Coroner's jury was swoon in yesterday and the body of the Serang viewed, which presented a most horrifying spectacle.  Six persons appear to have been wounded - two women and four men; one of the women was stabbed and lies at the hospital in a dying state.  Inspector Hayward was very nearly losing his life in his attempt to arrest the murderer who was armed with a belaying pin and a knife.  The inquest on the body takes place to-day at 2 o'clock at the Police Hospital.

   The following is the dying deposition of one of the female victims.

   The information and complaint of Boh Nyah Nee made and exhibited before me, Henry Burn, Esq., Magistrate of Police, &c.

   I am a married woman, my husband's name is Alice.  I am very sick and I believe I'll die.  I have been stabbed by that man now presented, named Sallee.  I was defending my husband who is the cook of the ship.  When I was attacked by the prisoner with a knife and belaying pin, he stabbed me once on the left side with a knife.  I know of no reason except that the Serang of the ship was killed and that if my husband did not kill him he would kill him in return and tell the Captain.  The captain was not on board but the Mate was.  As soon as I was stabbed, I fell on the main deck of the ship - some of the crew went aloft - some aft, and some overboard.  I lay on the deck until I was removed by the Police.  I am certain the man now before me stabbed me.  I can give no reason or account why the prisoner did this.

   Before me, &c.

   The prisoner having heard this, says the above is the truth but there was a row between the Captain, Mate, and crew.

   Before me, &c.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 8 July 1865 (2)

THURSDAY 6TH JULY.

The following are the particulars in the case of the death of a Chinaman by the infliction of a blow, which we reported in our yesterday's impression.

   The deceased some time ago purchased about 60 ducklings and gave them to a brother of his to rear up.  All of them died with the exception of 17.  These were in the house of the prisoner, who is an uncle of the deceased.  The deceased came and took away some of the ducks on the morning of the 4th instant (Tuesday).  On his repeating his visit at the house of his uncle for the purpose of taking the remainder, the prisoner prevented the deceased and took up a stick to inflict a castigation, when on inflicting a blow on the head of the deceased - he reeled and fell, death resulted; the cranium being fractured.  A Coroner's inquest was held on the body and adjourned till to-day.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 22 July 1865 (2)

TUESDAY 18TH JULY.

An Inquest was opened at the general Hospital, on Sunday last before F. H. Gottlieb, Esq., H.M.'s Deputy Coroner touching the death of a European seaman named Richard Peratt, who had died the day before; and to enable a post mortem examination to be made, as also to procure the attendance of witnesses, the matter was adjourned until to-day.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 22 October 1865 (2)

AN in quest was held on Tuesday last by K. B. S. Robertson Esquire H.M.'s Coroner, on the body of a Chinese named Tan See Koh, who met his death on Monday last, and a verdict of manslaughter was returned by the Jury against a Chinese named Tan Soo Meng. [Repeated 26 October (2)]

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 27 October 1865 (2)

A Chinese pauper was found dead yesterday at 6 A.M. near the Gas Works at Rochore.  The body of the deceased on examination left no doubt that he fell a victim to a complication of disorders.  Such being the case, an inquest was not deemed necessary by H.M.'s Coroner, who ordered the body to be buried.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 11 November 1865 (2)

AN inquest was held on Thursday morning last at the Seaman's hospital by H.M.'s Deputy Coroner F. H. Gottlieb, Esquire. On the body of a Chinese named Eng Ah Poh who died in a Chinese brothel situated in No. 15 canal Road.  The Jury after careful enquiry into the case returned a verdict of "died from natural causes."

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 14 November 1865 (2)

THE inquest on the body of Menachee which was opened on Saturday before F. H. Gottlieb, Esq., was yesterday resumed and concluded, when the Coroner's Jury returned a verdict of "Wilful murder" against Mootoosamy.  The Prisoner who is a life Convict, seemed perfectly unconscious of his terrible situation, frequently correcting the witnesses during their examination, and correcting them in their details of facts.  Upon hearing the finding of the Jury, he replied, that he would be quite prepared to tell the Judge the whole truth at his Trial; which will likely take place at the next criminal Sessions to be held in January 1866.

 

STRAITS TIMES OVERLAND JOURNAL, 16 March 1869 (2)

From the Straits Times, March 6th.

THE LATE COL. CURTIS.

AN inquest was held yesterday afternoon by H.M.'s Coroner, F. H. Gottlieb, Esq., upon the body of Col. Curtis of H.M.'s 8th Regiment of M.N.I. whose sudden death we recorded yesterday.  The jury which consisted of G. Liscombe, Esq., Foreman, Messrs. W. Ramsay Scott, Lewis James Fraser, J. H. Davidson and A. Duff, after viewing the body and hearing the evidence of Major Hailes who was riding in company with the deceased Officer when the accident happened, and the medical testimony of Drs. Ridings and Anderson, returned a verdict of "Accidental Death by a fall from a horse."

   The following are the facts of this melancholy occurrence.  Col. Curtis started early yesterday morning for his accustomed ride on his own charger, and while going up Irwell Bank Road was overtaken by Major Hailes, of his own regiment, who was also on horseback.  The two Officers rode together at a footpace round by the Botanic Gardens, Dalvey and Steven's Roads, and back again to Irwell Bank road homewards towards the Sepoy lines.  When crossing the swamp, on Tan Kim Seng's road, and nearing the bridge, Major Hailes proposed a trot, to which Col. Curtis assented.  There were a lot of Malays a little distance ahead of them, and Col. Curtis's horse got frightened or fractious and would not go along quietly.  Major Hailes got about 100 yards ahead when, not hearing the other horse's hoofs, he looked back and saw the Col. trying to quiet the horse.  He heard him also shouting at his horse, which it appears was a habit of the deceased when his horse misbehaved.  In a short time, Major Hailes head a second shout, and slowing his horse and looking back he saw that Col. Curtis's horse had become unmanageable and was running off.  The horse passed Major Hailes at full gallop, over the bridge, seemingly beyond the control of his rider.  The road takes a sharp turn after the bridge is crossed, and so Major Hailes lost sight of them.  Trotting slowly after and rounding the turn of the road, the Major saw Col. Curtis lying at full length, on the left hand side of the road, half-way between the bridge and the Havelock Road Police Station, with the horse standing about 20 yards ahead.  He addressed the Colonel but received no answer.  Dismounting and going up to the unfortunate gentleman, he found him breathing stertorously - his chest heaving - blood issuing from his mouth, nose, and right ear.  A Police peon coming up, Major Hailes directed him to get water and to wash away the blood, and remain in charge of the body while he galopped off for Dr. Ridings, of the 8th Regiment.  Upon Dr. Riding's arrival, he found the pulse of the deceased very low - in fact almost imperceptible.  Gouts of blood were issuing from the mouth, and death ensued five minutes after his arrival.  The cause of death Dr. Ridings considers to have been fracture of the skull and consequent concussion of the brain, the result of the deceased, who was heavy in person, having fallen from the horse on his head.  In this, Dr. Anderson, Assistant Colonial Surgeon, concurred.  A Police peon actually saw the fall, but there is little doubt that it was owing to one of the stirrup leathers having broken.  It was found afterwards on the roadside by the Governor's guard on their way to the lines.  [Funeral and biography.]

 

STRAITS TIMES OVERLAND JOURNAL, 16 March 1869 (5)

FATAL ACCIDENT.

WE are pained to have to record a fatal accident which occurred this morning, resulting in the death of Col. Curtis, 8th M.N.I.  Col. Curtis was taking his morning ride, and when near the Havelock Road Police station, his horse took fright and in trying to pull him up, his stirrup leather or iron gave way and he fell upon the neck of his horse.  The horse, being startled by the sudden weight upon his neck, shied, and threw up his head striking the unfortunate gentleman on the head and stunning him.  Col. Curtis appears to have fallen off, holding fast to the horse's mane, a handful of which was found in his hand.  Whether owing to the force of the fall, or to a kick from the animal, or to other causes, it it impossible to ascertain, but he was picked up dead, and conveyed to his house in Spottiswoode Park.  There is a report that when Col. Curtis was falling, the horse kicked out behind and struck him fatally on the head.  A Coroner's inquest will, we understand, be held this afternoon, when full particulars as to the cause of death will transpire. We are unable to give more information at present regarding this most lamentable occurrence, but hope to be able to do so to-morrow.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 10 April 1869 (4)

SATURDAY, 10TH APRIL.

THE body of the Malay diver which was supposed to have been carried off by a shark, neat the Tanjong Pagar Wharf, a few days ago, was found the day before yesterday, floating near the Borneo Company's Wharf.  An inquest was held upon it yesterday, by H.M.'s Coroner, and a verdict of "Accidental death" returned by the Jury.

 

STRAITS TIMES OVERLAND JOURNAL, 27 April 1869 (5)

WEDNESDAY, 14TH APRIL.

A European belonging to the P. & O. steamer Rangoon, accidentally stepped over the side of the wharf at which she was lying, into the water, the night before last, and was drowned.  His body was picked up early yesterday morning, and an inquest held upon it by H.M.'s Coroner.  The Jurors after hearing the evidence adduced, returned a verdict of "Accidental death."

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 22 May 1869 (5)

WEDNESDAY 19TH MAY.

A most brutal murder took place last Sunday afternoon in Shaik Madarsah Lane in the Campong Glam district, the victim being a Chinese Opium Shop Keeper, the culprit a Chinese who, it appears, had been prosecuted and fined by the Police Magistrate, for having Contraband Chandoo in his possession, at the instance of the murdered man.  The alleged murderer was assisted by three accomplices one of whom has been apprehended by the police, but the other two are still at large.  The Jurors who were empannelled on the Coroner's Inquest returned a verdict of "Wilful murder against four persons whose names are unknown at present"

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 29 May 1869 (4)

MONDAY, 24TH MAY.

AN inquest was held by H.M.'s Coroner yesterday morning on board the steamer Nada, upon the body of Mr. Innes, the Second Engineer, who died suddenly last Saturday night, whilst in the Engine room.  The Jurors after hearing the evidence of the Colonial Assistant Surgeon, returned a verdict of "Died from a fit of Epilepsy."

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 31 July 1869 (4)

SATURDAY, 31ST JULY.

A Chinese pauper committed suicide last Thursday afternoon, by hanging himself by his bathing cloth, to one of the cross-beams of the Chinese Temple, in Philip Street.  A Coroner's Inquest was held on the body, and the Jurors returned a verdict of Felo de se.

...

THE three Convicts alleged to have been concerned in  the Bukit Timah murder, which took place not long ago, were arraigned before the Sitting magistrate, on Thursday last, when the case was fully investigated, and resulted in the committal of two of them, named Kahloo and Kanadaven, and the discharge of the third, a Bengallee named Millapan.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 7 August 1869 (4)

THURSDAY, 5TH AUGUST.

ON the 29th ult., a quarrel took place at Tanjong Rhoo, between two Chinese who assaulted each other with sticks, and which ultimately resulted in the death of one of them.  A post mortem examination upon the body, was held last Tuesday, and a Coroner's inquest will be held at the Police Office to-day.

 

STRAITS TIMES OVERLAND JOURNAL, 13 August 1869 (3)

SATURDAY, 31ST JULY.

A Chinese pauper committed suicide last Thursday afternoon, by hanging himself by his bathing cloth, to one of the cross-beams of the Chinese Temple, in Philip Street.  A Coroner's Inquest was held on the body, and the Jurors returned a verdict of Felo de se.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 4 September 1869 (2)

MONDAY, 30TH AUGUST.

A most atrocious murder was committed upon the body of a Chinese female in a plantation in the Havelock Road, last Saturday night.  The murderers not satisfied with having stolen all the valuables which the old woman had upon her wearing apparel, stabbed her in two or three places about the neck, and afterwards strangled her with a piece of rattan, and threw her body into a pond close by.  The corpse was recovered early the next morning, and sent to the dead house, where a Coroner's Inquest was held upon it, and the Jurors after hearing the evidence adduced, returned an open verdict.

 

STRAITS TIMES OVERLAND JOURNAL, 10 September 1869 (4)

A most atrocious murder was committed upon the body of a Chinese female in a plantation in the Havelock Road, last Saturday night.  The murderers not satisfied with having stolen all the valuables which the old woman had upon her wearing apparel, stabbed her in two or three places about the neck, and afterwards strangled her with a piece of rattan, and threw her body into a pond close by.  The corpse was recovered early the next morning, and sent to the dead house, where a Coroner's Inquest was held upon it, and the Jurors after hearing the evidence adduced, returned an open verdict.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 23 October 1869 (5)

THURSDAY, 21ST  OCTOBER.

AN inquest was held yesterday afternoon, by H.M.'s Coroner, upon the body of a European sailor, belonging to the British ship Chusan, who was drowned last Sunday night, whilst endeavouring to jump ashore from the vessel to the wharf.  The Jurors after hearing the evidence adduced, returned a verdict of "accidental death."

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 6 November 1869 (2)

THURSDAY, 4TH NOVEMBER.

YESTERDAY afternoon, while some lascars belonging to the Dutch ship Euserain were engaged in hoisting a heavy log of timber, by means of a large block under the foretop, the hook of the block broke, owing to a flaw in the iron, and it fell, striking one of the men on the head, fracturing the skull and killing him almost instantly.  A coroner's inquest was held on the body and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 13 November 1869 (2)

NEWS OF THE WEEK.

ON Saturday evening last, a Bencoolen named Moottee, living in Waterloo Street, suddenly expired in his house.  A coroner's inquest was held yesterday morning, when the jury returned a verdict of death from apoplexy.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 20 November 1869 (2)

TUESDAY, 16TH NOVEMBER.

FROM Malacca we learn that on the 7th instant, four Chinese took a hack carriage and went to a place called Ching, about 7 miles from Malacca, apparently for the express purpose of assaulting another Chinese, which they did so cruelly that he died on his way to the hospital.  One of the Chinese, and the driver of the carriage, were arrested by the police, but the others have not yet been found.  The coroner's jury returned a verdict of manslaughter against the four.

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AT the coroner's inquest held on the body of the Malay girl whose death we reported yesterday, it transpired that she was taken to the police hospital, in a hack carriage, in charge of a corporal of police, arriving at the hospital at about midnight.  The corporal says there were three apothecaries who came out and looked at her in the carriage, and he was then told that the girl could not be received in that establishment.  The corporal then went to the pauper hospital with the girl, - a distance of more than a mile from the general hospital; here, he was more fortunate.  The Chinese clerk or assistant received the poor sufferer in the hospital, but so far as we can learn this was all.  He declined to call the apothecary in charge, as he said that functionary had given strict orders never to call him at night.  The poor girl, - according to the report of the surgeon in charge, next morning, - died at 3 A.M., some two hours after admission to hospital.  There seems to us something peculiarly revolting in this case, ... [continues with critical comments.]

THE STRAITS TIMES, 20 November 1869 (2)

WEDNESDAY, 17TH NOVEMBER.

OUR readers may perhaps remember that some time since, a Malay boy who approached too near the cage of a tiger, on exhibition at Campong Glam, was seized hold of by the animal and his arm so badly mutilated that amputation was necessary.  Since then, the boy has made himself familiar to nearly every one in the place, by begging, and his mischievous propensities.  Yesterday afternoon, his cupidity was tempted by the fruit on a mango tree in a compound in Bencoolen Street, so he climbed the tree to steal the fruit, but, through accident or carelessness, fell head first into a well of water beneath.  He remained in an upright position, and his death must have ensued in one of two minutes.  Some person having occasion to draw water from the well, about six o'clock discovered his legs sticking out above water.  The case was reported to the police and a coroner's in quest held this morning, at which a verdict was returned in accordance with the facts.

 

THE STRAITS TIMES, 25 December 1869 (1)

CHINESE FEMALE SLAVES.

ON Saturday last, H.M.'s coroner held an inquest on the body of a Chinese girl who had died in a house if ill-repute in New Bridge road.  The evidence adduced at the inquest, and the statements of the parties acquainted with the facts, throw a strong light upon the sort of life to which these unfortunate girls are doomed. 

   The subject is, to us, extremely disagreeable, but in common justice we cannot allow this case to pass without comment.  This poor girl, to enhance her attractions, had been decked out by the mistress of the house with a pair of silver-plated bracelets.  These had tempted the cupidity of a paramour, who had playfully taken one of them off under pretence of examining it, and eventually carried it off with him.  The poor girl became alarmed at the loss, and be sought him to return it, which he promised to do, but failed to keep his promise.  Rather than endure the consequences of the discovery of her indiscretion, - whatever these may have been, - the poor girl poisoned herself by taking opium.  [Editorial continues.]

WEDNESDAY, 22ND DECEMBER. (2)

AT about half-past 10 o'clock yesterday morning, a Javanese mandore of Mr. C. Frommurze, at Tanjong Pagar, committed suicide by shooting himself with a flint-lock musket.  He had evidently pulled the trigger with his foot, the sole of which was blackened with the flash from the priming, - the charge entering the throat and causing instant death.  The matter was at once reported to the coroner, and an inquest held yesterday afternoon, the jury returning a verdict of felo de se.  No cause can be assigned for the act.

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