Perenjori, kangaroo dog’s, a couple of beer’s, and is that a gun in your hand or are you just happy to see me?
DISPUTE OVER DOG, SEQUEL TO BEER PARTY. Murder Finding at Inquest.
PERENJORI, Feb. 16— A finding of murder was recorded against the clearing contractor Edward Patrick Minorgan (45) it the inquest conducted at Perenjori today by the District Coroner (Mr. G. A. Eastaugh, R.M.) on the body of John Hyland (about 50). Hyland was shot at Minorgan’s camp at Mullaroola Well, near Bowgada, on February 4, and died in theDalwallinu Hospital two days later. The shooting was the immediate outcome of a dispute over the ownership of a kangaroo dog subsequent to a drinking party con- tinued from the previous night. Minorgan, who was present in custody, elected not to give evidence. He was represented by Mr. M. Graham, while Detective Sergeant Doyle had charge of the police case. Dr. H. R. Pearson, of Goomalling, who conducted the post-mortem examination, said that death was consistent with a gunshot wound in the hip. Deceased had apparently been fired at from a gun’s length away. A gunshot injury to the wrist had no connection with the hip wound. Death was primarily caused by gangrene setting in after Hyland had received the shot, in the hip. In reply to Mr. Graham witness said that had Hyland’s leg been amputated as soon as the injury was sustained he might have had a chance of living, but he was of opinion that the treatment of the leg prior to death had been the correct line of treatment. Dr. Kathleen Phipps, district medical officer at Dalwallinu, deposed that Hyland was admitted to the Dalwallinu Hospital early on the morning of February 5, just after midnight. He had a gunshot wound at the top of the leg about an inch in diameter. There was also a very ragged wound at the back of the leg. At 2 p.m. on the following day the patient’s condition rapidly grew worse owing to gangrene setting in, so she decided to amputate the leg, and sent for Dr. Pearson. However, Hyland sank so low that an operation was out of the question and death occurred about 5 p.m. before the arrival of Dr. Pearson. Evidence of Accidental Death. At this stage Detective Sergeant Doyle intimated to the Coroner that he feared a conspiracy, as to the evidence to be given by some of those who were at Minorgan’s camp. Herbert Waugh, a clearing contractor, of Mulluroola, said that on the afternoon of February 3 he went to Morawa with Minor- gan, Mrs. Minorgan, and a man named Edward Thomas. After having one or two glasses of beer they left with a case of bottled beer. Before their ar- rival back at the camp between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. a dozen bottles were con- sumed. Further drinks were partaken of at the camp, Hyland joining in. On the following morning he heard Hyland and Minorgan haying an argu- ment in a bush shed outside Minorgan’s camp, about a dog. Hyland wanted to take a dog named Traveller away, and Minorgan told him he could not take the dog away as he (Hyland), had given it to Mrs. Minorgan, adding, ‘I will shoot it first.’ Hyland replied, ‘Well, shoot it.’ Witness then heard a shot, and investigating found Hyland on the ground. Min- organ was standing four or five yards away with a gun in his hand. Hyland said, ‘I am shot!’ Mrs. Minorgan, coming on the scene, said, ‘What have you done?’ Minorgan replied that he was going to shoot the dog and Hyland, stepping in the way, had received the shot instead. Minorgan and Hyland were rather in- toxicated. The Coroner: You had a full view of what was going on? A table was in the way. As a fact you could have seen every thing? It did not concern me. It was only a row about a dog. Walter Brown, a railway employee, said that between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Feb- ruary 4, he was called to the PerenjoriHotel by Mrs. Minorgan to render first aid to Hyland. who was lying on a motor truck. Hyland told him that when he was sitting in a camp Minorgun had approach- ed him saying, ‘You might as well haveone before you leave ‘ and thereupon shot him in the thigh. Hyland also held up his wrist and said that Minorgan had fire another shot at him. ‘Not Given a Dog’s Chance.’ John Robert Sharp, a farmer, of Bowgada, said that about 8 p.m. on February 4 he left Perenjori with Mrs. Minorgan and two other men in a motor car for the Dalwallinu Hospital with Hyland. They reached their destination about mid-night. At Perenjori Hylund said that he had been leaving Minorgan’s camp with a dog, and when about 80 yards away Minorgan fired at the dog with the re- sult that he received a wound in the wrist. He then returned to the camp and asked Mrs. Minorgan to give ‘him a lift into town. While he was waiting he sat on a case. Minorgan came to him and said ‘Take another one!” and fired from three yards away. Hylund said that the shot was fired so close that it lit up his trousers. He further told witness that he was not given a dog’s chance. Richard Brian Fullarton, butcher at Perenjori, who also spoke to Hyland at the Perenjori Hotel after the shooting, gave corroborative evidence. In addition, Hyland told him that Minorgan’s party had been to Morawa and had got on the spree. was also shot in the hip, but not seriously. going Jack?’ I said, ‘I am going to Perenjori’ and Mrs. Minorgan said ‘I will give you a ride in.’ Just then Minorgan came on the scene carrying a shot gun and said. ‘You had better stop another.’ and fired point blank at me about three yards away shooting me through the thigh. He did not give me a dog’s chance.” Delay in Reaching Hospital. The Coroner: I want to find out the reason for the delay in getting Hyland to hospital McArthur, recalled, said that difficulty was experienced in raising Dr Hough at Morawa. and owing to Sharp going back to Morawa to replace his truck with a car to take the party to the hospital. Further, Dr. Hough had to come 26 miles from Morawa. The party left for Dalwallinu after seven p.m. The Coroner: Why wait for Dr. Hough —The nearest medical attention was there. Helen Davies. matron of the Dalwallinu Hospital, said that Hyland told her that he had been shot by a man to whom he had given the choice of one of his pups. He had been away for some time and when he returned the man wanted to alter his choice. Hyland added that he refused, and was taking the dog away to chain it up when a shot was fired which hit the dog in its back and him in the wrist. When he went to collect his belongings at the camp the argument about the dog was resumed and the man said, ‘You had better stop another one, and let him have it. Hyland said further that he thought his leg was blown off. At the time he made the statement he did not know that he was dying. Minorgan. on being called, said, “I do not want to give evidence or answer any questions.” Mrs. Minorgan (stepping forward from the back of the Court): Don’t, Ned! Detective-Sergeant Doyle (to Minorgan): Why? — I might incriminate myself. The Coroner then delivered his finding of murder, and Minorgan was committed for trial. – The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954) Friday 17 February 1928
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