Sergeant

James BEATTY

YEAR OF DEATH

1890

JURISDICTION

New South Wales

DETAILS OF DEATH

On 11 January 1890 outside the Penrith Police Station the Sergeant had occasion to speak to an Indian vagrant whom he had earlier asked to leave town. The man suddenly leapt at Sergeant Beatty stabbing him five times. Local people and Constable Moseby (possibly Moseley) then pursued the offender and cornered him however the man threw a brick which struck the Constable in the chest. Constable Moseby then drew his service revolver and shot the offender wounding him. The Constable and locals then threw themselves on the offender and he was arrested. He died later that night. Unfortunately the wounds inflicted upon Sergeant Beatty also proved to be fatal. The Sergeant was born in 1835 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 5 February 1858. At the time of his death he was stationed at Penrith.

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