A sad story Dave
Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954)(about)
Wednesday 17 April 1946
AFTER DRINKING POISON.
INQUEST AT CAIRNS.
The post-mortem examination cer- tificate tendered by a detective who gave evidence at the inquest heard before Mr. C. R. Noyes, S .M., in the Coroner's Court yesterday into the circumstances of the death of Ivy Elizabeth Sailer (35), on January ° 6, 1946, at Freshwater, showed the cause of death as lysol poisoning. Previous evidence had been heard at Cairns and Mareeba.
John Henry O'Rourke, Ambulance bearer, stated that at 9.45 ajn. on January 6, he received a .phone call to proceed to Freshwater barracks, where it was alleged a woman had taken lysol. Deceased, he said, was lying on a stretcher, and, he de- duced, apparently dead. Examination revealed slight burns on the inside of the lower lip, and her mouth smelt strongly of lysol. O'Rourke stated that he then telephoned the super- intendent of the Cairns centre of the Q.A-T3. and the police, and waited with the body until they arrived.
Plain Clothes Constable William George Mason stated that when he arrived at the cane barracks, he saw O'Rourke and another Ambulance bearer standing on a side verandah. Kusta. Laaksonen and Vino Laytty were also there. "Ambulance bearer O'Rourke handed me a small bottle containing a small quantity of lysol and told me it was the bottle given him by Laaksonen," he said..; De- ceased's body was on a stretcher on the side verandah. There were, no marks on the body to suggest 'that any violence had been used* "The^post mortem examination certificate, She continued, showed the cause of death as lysol poisoning.
Mason added that his> inquiries showed that Sailer's foll parrie' was: Ivy Elizabeth Anna Sailor. ' She was 35 years old, single, was born at Logan Reserve, via Beenleigh, and was the. mother of two illegitimate children. -,
Concluding his evidence, the de- tective stated that he was satisfied there were no suspicious circum- stances connected with " Sailer's death, and that she drank lysol of her own accord when in à half-drunken condition.
The. witnesses were examined by Sgt. B E. Linde.Fix this