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The Ohrlatchuroh papers supply the , tallowing particulars of the trial on Tuei- , day before Mr Jaatloe Ward :— \- Bartholomew Kane was indicted for [ having stabbed Peter Oopeland al Aahbur- ■ ton on Daoember 23rd. 1 The prisoner pleaded "Not guilty." Mr Martin opened ths case for the 'Grown. [ The foots of the oase were that the , prisoner and prosecutor resided »t Aab- [ burton, and on the evening of December ) 23rd the prosecutor, who was the worae for 1 drink, Intended to go to the house of a t man named Monro, where ha waa m ihe ! habit of staying when la Asbburton, but i Instead of going there he went by mistake 1 to tbe house occupied by the prisoner. He k knocked at the door acd the prisoner [ oitne out, and knooked the proseoutor down and b tabbed him on the wrist, and thigh. There bad been no qutrrel [ between the two m°n, bnt that evening 3, the prisoner had been quarrelling with hla t> wife. I* might be said that the prisoner 3 had a right t) tarn the prosecutor off hla 1 premises, bat the jury would be dlreoted " that he would bi justified In using only the necessary amount of force. A<* lo » -the Intention of the prisoner it would be , given In evidence that the prisoner was heard to aay he would havj tho proset outer's Hfo. Mr Marl In explained the l sever: 1 counts In the Indictment, and I oalled evidence I John Moore Tweed, legally qutltfied medloal praotitioner : On December 24 Peter Oopeland oamo to witness Oope--9 land bad a wotmd on the biok of bla £ hand tnd wrist. The wound was an t inofaed one, There were two vroands on tbe thigh, »nd a small wound on tbe back 3 of the bead. Snob wouDds Would be i caused by any sharp Instrument, auoh as i the oorner of a spade or a kn'fe. The i wound on the wrist was more like * slash. > The (round on the head might have been 3 oa used by a fall on the stones. The > wounds were not serious. Peter Oopeland : Was a pook by trade. s On Deo- $3, was staying at Monro's place. On thtt evening went to prisoner's house. [ whioh was five or six obalns from Monro's. . Mistook It for Monro's. A man rushed r. out, knooked witness down, and stabbed i" him In the arm and In the leg. . That was ) after wltneas was knooked down. Witf ness was lying down when stabbed. Tbe ' man did not say one word. After tbe 3 atabblng, witness aaked tbe man if be ? meant to kill him. Oould scarcely nay ' what the answer was. Prisoner was the man. , Witness onwled *way and law the dootor next day, ~ 1 Mrs Cashmere wap called, but Dr Tweed 1 doposed that she was not well enough to 3 travel. Eer depositions, taken m the 3 Court^ below, were therefor© read. Tbe 1 most importantpart of her evidence was ' that she heard Kane say, " I'll have your J lfie before you go aw«jy." } Henry Cashmere gave evidence to tbe . same effect. [ .- . This was the oase for the Grown. j Aconsed oalled. j Sergeant Edwin William Felton : Knew > tbe last witness, who had been chargad 1 with drunkenness and lurcony, Had 1 given Cashmere a bad character. Never I know prisoner to steal anything. Oonld " not give prisoner a good character. ' Prisoner addressed the Jury, m tbe t course of bis remarks admitting that he . left CQpehtnd " hare a skelper " with q , .little flra shovel, which happened to be : tbe first thing ho picked up, when endeavouring to get tbe man away from his premises at a late hour. 1 His Honor manned up, directing the 1 Jury to consider cbi'flly the laet count, 1 wh : cli charged An intent to do grievous 1 bodily hnrm. • j The jury retired, and^ after nn absence of three minutes, returned with a verdict , of •' Guilty " on tbe lai<t count. , B( ntence was reserved, but subsequently , prisoner was brought up and sentenced [ to six week's imprisonment with hard 1 labor,

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THE ASHBURTON STABBING CASE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2032, 9 January 1889

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THE ASHBURTON STABBING CASE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2032, 9 January 1889