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Bv Telegraph. Dunedik, April 17. Inspector Mallard was submitted to a rigid cross-examination by the prisoner, who animadverted strongly on huh questioning him (the prisoner) after he was charged with murder. The Judge’s remarks implied that whilst a certain amount of discretion was' left to the police, it would have been better if Inspect jr Mallard had refrained from questioning him. The Judge, however, made a memorandum immediately afterwards, that the evidence was admissible. Inspector Mallard said that he debated with himself for two hours as to what course he should pursue, but he ultimately decided to make a memorandum leaving his superiors to censure him if they thought necessary. He, however, swore positively that the prisoner began the questioning. Inspector Mallard, on his examination in chief, detailed several conversations with the prisoner in March, when he came seeking the inspector’s assistance for obtaining employment. Butler discussed all the recent great crimes, particularly Peace and Moonlight’s, and observed how easy it was to destroy traces of crime by arson,, adding, in conclusion, “If some great crime were committed here like this, I suppose you would blame me for it.” Mallard replied, “No ; I should look for suspicious circumstances, and if they pointed to you, Ishoixld certainly be after you.” The case for the Crown is expected to close to-night. To-morrow the prisoner will enter on his defence, which he says will occupy a considerable time. He cross-examined the witnesses at great length, complaining that the prosecution had been conducted in a treacherous and vindictive manner.

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THE DUNEDIN MURDER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 88, 17 April 1880

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THE DUNEDIN MURDER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 88, 17 April 1880