Newspaper Article 1971 – Inquest finding on farmer’s death

Inquest finding on farmer’s death

Daniel Joseph McCormack, farmer, died at his farm on June 3 from a cerebral haemorrhage arising from natural causes, the Hastings Coroner, Mr W. S. Sheppard, found yesterday.

Depositions were taken from three neighbouring farmers, Mr Arthur Cyril Crawford, Mr Ronald Gilmore Pattullo, Mr Frederick Henry Greville and from Mr Thomas Patrick McCormack, brother of the dead man.

Mr Ronald Eric McLeod, stockbuyer, Hastings, the last person to see Mr McCormack alive, said that on Tuesday June 1, between 1pm and 2.15pm he was talking to Mr McCormack about farm topics. Mr McCormack said he was going to take some turkeys to Hastings the next day.

Constable P. A. Hart said at 11.15am on June 6 he found Mr McCormack’s body on the ground at the rear of a shed near the house on his farm.

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