ON THIS DAY – December 9, 1925
At the conclusion of the inquest today into tho death of Ernest Napoleon Williams electrician, who was allegedly shot dead in King-street, about midday on December 9, the City Coroner committed William Richard Wallace for trial on a charge of having murdered Williams. Bail was refused and the coroner refused to consider a submission by Wallace’s counsel that the committal, if any should be for manslaughter. Counsel said that since the case had been first reported it had transpired that Wallace had been attacked and had acted In self-defence It was alleged by the Crown witnesses that after a trifling argument in a cafe over the matter of smoking a clgarette, Williams and a friend had waited for Wallace outside the cafe and called on him to apologise. Wallace had threatened to shoot him and when Williams caught his arm, had kicked Williams in the groin. When Williams had again made an attempt to clutch his arm, Wallace had fired. One witness, who claimed to have witnessed the shooting, said that when Wallace kicked Williams several of the crowd had attacked him and that it was then that he had drawn his revolver and fired Detective West said that Wallace had made a statement that he had not meant to shoot Williams. The crowd, he said, had attacked him and he had fired to protect himself.