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Christchurch, To-day. At the criminal sessions of the Supreme Court there were twenty-two casts, including murder, manslaughter, perjury, and concealment of birth. Judge Johnston expressed his regret at the grave character of many of the oftences, and remarked that although there were fifteen classes of offences, only one could be thought due to the depression of trade. He told the Grand Jury there could be no doubt as to finding a true bill in tho murder case against Wairema Wharepa, but owing to a legal difficulty the perjury cases—Murphy and Watt—could not be proceeded with, and a supplementary session would doubtless be necessary, when another case of a most serious nature appeared likely to come on. By this the Judge was understood to refer to the recent shooting case, Keriaonbeing now in a dying state.

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THE SUPREME COURT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 232, 3 January 1881

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THE SUPREME COURT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 232, 3 January 1881

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