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THE KAIWARRA MURDER

(Pie Pbkss association.)

Wellington, July 8.

After viewing the scene of the murder the jury returned to Wellington, and the Court resumed at 4.30 p.m. W. A. Sandilands gave formal ovidenoe.

Chasl Bowles, a laborer, cousin of Mrs Hawkind, and who was living with Hawkins, recapitulated the evidence given by him at ; the preliminary enquiry. He was subjeoted to a lengthy oross-examination at the hands of Mr Bunny, and admitted that be wbb the first discoverer of Hawkins' body. Although living with his wife (to whom he bad been married only eiz weeks) m Hawkins* house, he did not return to the bouse that night, but Blept m the lean-to attached to a bouse m whioh another male servant slept. He said he had nothing to fear, but did not care to meet Mrs Hawkins that night. That was the only exouse he oould give for not returning to the house that night. He never Blept a wink all night. Next morning he went to Mrs Hawkins' house. Knew a carpenter named Leedin, a German, who was present at witness' wedding at the invitation of Hawkinß. He believed Hawkins wrote the letter iavitiDg him? The latter left the house ratheT abruptly, so to speak, but witness was not aware iri»s be bad been ordered to do bo by Hawkinß, nor was he aware that any words had taken place between Hawkins and Leedin. After Hawkins waa burled Leedin renewed his visits to the house, Although the wind was blowing m the direction of Hawkins', where witness worked, he did not hear any shots on the night of the murder. Witness admitted that George Bowles, brother of Mrs Hawkins, was on bad terms with Hawkins. George Bowles lived at Oarterton and some time ago went bankrupt. George Bowles brought down 200 sheep and gave them into Hawkins' oustody, and ftoiß ibiip win aiYW iooludtd is hta Bfliots.

Geo. Bowl©3, after receiving his discharge, demanded the return of the sheep, but Hawkins refused and paid " I intend to Btiok to half." Witness said he knew nothing of the matters m dispute between Hawkins and Geo, Bowles, and could not say what became of the Bheep. Mr Bunny pressed witness as to the ill feeling between Hawkins and Geo. Bowles, but witnesß said ho was not aware of any quarrel between them, and denied that he had heard Hawkins say "He would shoot Geo. Hawkins like a dog." Witness found a dead hare near the body of Hawkins, but it had been dead three or four days. He could not say what became of it. Re-examined witness said Feeden had left Hawkins' house a fortnight after the wedding took place, whioh was on April 8;h. At 6.45 p.m. the Court adjourned until 10 a.m. to-morrow, and the Jury was looked up for the night. Wellington, July 9. In oonaequenoe of what came out m the oourse of the examination of Charles Bowles yesterday, subpoenas were immediately served | by the Orown on George Bowles and Wiihelm Laedin. The first witness called this morning was F. G. Bolton, solicitor, who merely deposed that prisoner had refused to sign an agreement of lease between Hawkins and himself, and legal proceedings had been instituted. There were negotiations for a settlement, but none had ever been arrived atl

James MoAllum eaid he had never hud a row with Hawkins. The latter had never beaten him, but had threatened onoe to do so. He did not know of deoeased ever having quarrelled with the prisoner. Dr Oabill was the next witness. He minutely described the wounds m the way already published.

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2168, 9 July 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2168, 9 July 1889

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