Thursday, December 15, 2011


(By Telegraph—Press Association.) TAUMARUNUI, December 19. When the evidence for the prosecution had been heard, Olive May Dunn Vow, a Chinese, aged 27, who was charged in the Police Court with the murder of her infant daughter at Taumarunui on December 2, was committed to the Supreme Court at Hamilton for trial. Continuing his evidence, Wang Shi Chang Wai, a fruiterer, said that after November 3 he heard the accused saying to the boy, "Go to the other mother of yours," and she asked one of the men there to take him to his second mother. The accused never used to speak to witness nor he to her. She gave witness black looks. The accused was. friendly with witness's wife. "SHE IS DEAD." On December 2, at 2 p.m., witness's employees were finishing their dinner meal when the accused, came crying down the stairs, saying to her husband, "If you want the girl you had better go up and see her, for she is dead." The accused's husband carried the accused-upstairs arid the police were sent for. In cross-examination witness said there was no truth whatever in statements that the accused's.husband was married to' a white girl. The accused was the type of woman who always wanted to be alone. George, Joe Lum, brother-in-law of the last witness, gave corroborative evidence. Leslie Logan,- baker's assistant, working next door to the premises, where the tragedy occurred, said he had seen the couple together, and they: had always appeared happy and on friendly terms.1 On. one occasion witness saw the accused place her baby girl in a banana-box outside the fence. This happened a month before the tragedy. Nurse Wesch gave evidence that she attended the accused during two confinements in Taumarunui. She was normal and happy therii but was naturally a very reserved woman. Her husband appeared to show her every consideration and kindness. She was unable to speak English. She was entirely dependent on her husband, and witness had never known him to fail her. Margaret Alice Carrington said that shortly before the tragedy occurred the accused's husband called at her shop with his small son and bought cakes for the child. Witness always found the accused friendly. Witness frequently heard the accused crying, but did not think it was crying caused by ill-treatment. Dr.. Welby Fisher described the injuries to the dead child. Death was caused by a hemorrhage following an extensive wound in the neck;' While at the scene.of the tragedy the impression he got was that the accused was suffering from puerperal insanity. EMBRACED HER HUSBAND. Constable McLennan gave evidence that when he arrived on the scene Vow said, "My wife has killed my baby." At the gaol, after her arrest, the accused embraced her husband and was unwilling to be parted from him. The room occupied by the accused was very glean and tidy. Senior-Sergeant Harley gave corroborative evidence, and said that the accused in court today was greatly improved in mental health from: whatshe was on' the day of the tragedy. On behalf of the accused, Mr. Tong pleaded not guilty and reserved his defence. The accused was committed for trial in the Supreme Court at Hamilton. Detective-Sergeant Eobertson said medical evidence regarding the accused's mental condition would be called at the Supreme Court. The adjourned inquest held before Mr. W.. Thomas and a jury was again adjourned sine die.

Evening Post , Issue 149, 20 December 1935, Page 11

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