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[BY TRLKOBAPH. ] Grahamstown, To-day. At the R.M. Court to-day, before Mr Kenrick, RM., and Messrs Ehrenfried and W. Wilkinson, JJ.P.’., and Wikiriwhi Hautonga, IS alive Assessor, John Procofly was charged with the wilful murder of Haraona Haora, at Te Aroha, on the 10th inst. Sergeant Thomson conducted the case for the defence, and Mr Wilkinson aprieared to watch the case on behalf of the natives. The Resident Magistrate said—Before going on with the case, I would say I have received a subpoena to produce the depositions taken at the inquest, and to give evidence of what occurred there. In consequence of having received that subpoena I shall leave the bench. lam only sorry that the onerous and unpleasant duties of this case should have fallen upon the Justices, as the proper person to bear it is the man who is paid by Government for such work. Mr Kenrick then vacated the chair, and L. Ehrenfried, Esq., J.P., took possession. Mr Brassey said—l object to your brother Justice, Mr Chairman, sitting on this Bench after the scurrilous article which appeared in this morning’s paper, of which he is the editor. I ask that gentleman to leave the bench, as he must be biassed by the article in question. The article was most untruthful, and everything written in the morning paper has been wiitten in condemnr.* tion of the prisoner, in contradistinction to the Evening Star, which has been most fair in all its reports on the matter. lam surprised to see the editor of the Advertiser, after the article in question has appeared, having the audacity to sit upon the bench to hear the case. Mr. Thomson said he had made inquiry in Auckland, and there was only one gentleman merchant who understood the Russian language, but he declined to undertake to interpret, inasmuch as they do not speak the Russian language, but merely patois. Mr Ehrenfried said that Mr Wilkinson was sitting on the bench, not as editor of the Advertiser, but as a Justice of the Peace. Mr. Brassey said he would again ask Mr Wilkinson if he would sit on the bench, and went on to say—lf Mr Wilkinson sits on the Bench he will do so with the full knowledge that the public of this place consider him biassed after the article in this morning’s issue. I ask Mr. Wilkinson if he can, with fairness, hear the case. Mr. Wilkinson said—l am sitting on the Bench at the request of the R.M., who has been prevented from presiding in the case by counsel for the prisoner, who has been guilty of a most unwarrantable course in sending him a subpoena. Mr. Wilkinson did not leave the Bench. The evidence being given at present is the same as that given at the inquest.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 277, 24 February 1881

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THE TE AROHA MURDER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 277, 24 February 1881