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CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE

. — -I » - ,-t — A correspondent, MrW.G. Crawford, ofOonville, Oroydon, N.8.W., writes m regard to a cablegram he had read m the Sydney " herald," from Auckland; respecting the Hawkins murder a< • Wellington. It will be remembered thai the evidence agaiost the accused (Ghemis] was of a very remarkable character, and wholly dreumstantial. Fieoei of newspaper had been used by the murderer as i wad, and some of these were found m the wovnds and carefully extracted. Email bits of paper were also found at the scent of the murder. All theee pieces fittec precisely a torn newspaper found ii the accused's nouße. Our corresponded writes to state that h« knew an innocen man hanged from precisely stmila evidenoe m Adelaide about 60 year ago. His name was Joe Btagg, am that of the murdered man Gofton Btagg declared to the last mom en that he would as soon have sho tttfrfather or mother as Goftoa, but toa he deserved hanging, as at eometlm previously be and others werebuahrang tog and cattle-stealing on the Sydney sldi but be said he never killed Gofton Tb affair passed over, and was about foi gotten, when a letter was received by tb Governor (I think it was Gtwler) froi the Searetaiy of State for the Ouloniei Mfelng If ever a man named Gofton ba been «hot, and a man ntmad Btsgg bee hanged for It, as a man had jast died i t c Innatlo asylum who bad always bee ■«ving that he was the man who sb< Gofton, fot whoae marder 3t»gg had bee hinged, and that he had prepared the plai of the. newspaper, quo, etc. I mere] •and you this to show thit what wool appear perfeody conclusive evldeooa mr fttil be doubtful.— Auckland "flerald."

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CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2167, 8 July 1889

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CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2167, 8 July 1889

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