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Sergeant Walter Stewart King

Sergeant Walter Stewart KingSergeant Walter Stewart King appointed, for Police District of Warwick appointed—Inspector of Slaughter-houses. 1868

Later Sergeant of Police in Laidley

29/12/1898

Very few additional facts have been ascertained with reference to the tragedy at Gatton on Monday night.

A number of police have been despatched from Brisbane to investigate the affair. Sub-inspector Galbraith, Sergeant King, and several others proceeded to the scene of the murder early this morning, and made a thorough search.

Nothing was found save a small handkerchief, supposed to have belonged to one of the murdered girls.

The place where the bodies were found is situated by the side of a barren spur, at the foot of which is a chain of waterholes.
The leaves and sticks in the vicinity of which the bodies were found were very little disturbed.

Sergeant King, an experienced bushman, gives it as his opinion that there was very little struggling.

29/12/1898

POLICE INVESTIGATIONS.
Sub-inspector Galbraith, Sergeant King, and several other police proceeded out to the scene of the murders early this morning, and made a thorough search.

Nothing was found save a small handkerchief, which it is supposed, belonged to one of the murdered girls.

The place where the bodies were found is situated on the side of a barren spur, at the foot of which is a chain of waterholes. The leaves and sticks in the vicinity of where the bodies were found have been very little disturbed, and Sergeant King, who is an experienced bushman, gives it as his opinion that there was very little struggling.

The whole affair, in fact, is shrouded in mystery.

2/01/1899

Experienced detectives aver that the crime was too cleverly planned for easy detection. Probably weeks may elapse before anything definite is known. With reference to the missing horse from Black Duck Creek, it appears that Sergeant King followed up the party, but no arrest was made. The matter is thus practically as far off solution as ever.

16/01/1899

Sub-inspector White, who was in charge of the Laidley sub-district, is at present down Ipswich way, working in connection with the Oxley tragedy. In his absence Sergeant Walter King is carrying on the work.

25/01/1899

Mr. Parry-Okeden, Chief Commissioner of police, has been here for some days. Detective - Inspector Urquhart, of the Criminal Investigation Department, has charge of operations, and working in conjunction with him are Sub inspectors Durham, White, Galbraith, Detective Toomey, and Sergeant King, the famous tracker.

18/10/1899

Sergeant Walter King, stationed at Laidley, deposed to going to Gatton and making inquiries.

He did suspect some persons as a result; but he did not care to give names.

He reported the matter to both Sub-inspector Galbraith and Inspector Urquhart, but he never gave any information about the man Day.

The Chairman said he understood the witness had expressed a wish to make a statement before the commission.

Sergeant King said he had never desired to come to give evidence.

2/12/1899

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BRANCH-
We recommend that the Detective Force be strengthened by the retransfer of Sergeant Henders, Acting Sergeant King, and First class Constable Stringer to the Criminal Investigation Branch at Brisbane. In order to secure a vigilant and effective Detective Force it is necessary that adequate pay be given.

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