BOONAH MURDER CHARGE
In the Boonah (Q.) Police Court on Wednesday, Detective Bischof, resum- ing described a conversation which, he said, he had with Reginald
Felix Scott, aged 22, a timber-getter, who is charged with having murdered his step-father, Oro Howard Mills, at Maroon, on June 25. Bischof said that Scott referred to his step-father's relations with his (Scott's) sister, Maggie, and added, "I always reckoned he disgraced our fam- ily. About four years ago I told him to get out of the home. I. offered to fight him, but he walked away like the dingo he was." Bischof said that he remarked to Scott, "Mills seems to have given you consideration by reason of the fact that he took you into partnership with him in the timber business. When I interviewed your mother and sister, Maggie, they told us Mills was a good man in the home, and that he was very kind to the children, and that you and he never had any quarrel." Scott, witness said, replied, "He was all right at times, but he used to nag at me a good bit." Witness then produced a statement which, he said, the accused had writ- ten. Percival John Whalan, a truck driv- er, who worked with Mills and Scott, told the Court that on the morning of June 25, he saw Mills walk towards the hut and heard him call to Scott, "Get out of bed; I am not going to do everything about the place." Scott did not reply, but got out of bed. That morning, witness left camp with a load of logs, and, when he returned, he asked Scott where Mills was, and was told that he had gone to Rath- downey. Cross-examined by Mr J. Finney (for the accused), witness said that, so far as he knew him, Scott's character had been good. Mills was a quiet sort of person, but he was "pretty wild" on the morning of June 25. Mills was a very moody man. He treated Scott as a child, ordering him about all over the place. Scott could do nothing right in his eyes.