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(PKB PRESS ASSOOIATIOST,, Wbilikoton, July 15 The jury returned at 5.15 and brought m a verdict of " Guilty," In answer to th» usual question whether he had anything to cay why Bentence should cot bo pronounoed ho said : " Yes, I have a few I words. I reckon I have been treuted by | the detectives very badly. They nay they never found any pow er flask m my place. I Bay there was one there on the r'ght hand aide and just close to the shot pouch, and the police could have picked up either just as easily as one. They also say they never saw any quail, but T ■ oan assure your Honor there were four of j them m the back room m a tin. I had wada for my gan, and I nevar used paper to load with mmy life Ac to the bullets a blacksmith named Gibson gave ten of them to mo to shoot pigs, and I hope your Honor will find out the truth of what I am now saying to-morrow or sometime. The detectives also say they never saw a wad cutter, but I tell your Honor it was close to the phot pouch, and I repeat that the detectives have treated me very badly. lam willing to die now, or swing at the gallows to morrow, but I say 1 am (nnoceut of the crime. A.U I care for is the wife and children ; for myself I care nothing because I am innocent. Hia Honor then put on the black cap. He appeared much affooted as he said : "I do not feel it my duty to say muoh, but I in»y cay the few word? yon, h^v© uttered about •hi wil- m aiy opinion go far to oonfirm m the minds of moat people the fact of your gailt. Ido not believe for a moment that the police conspired m your death • It is not for me to express an opinion m concurrence with the verdict which the jury have re urned. The pros r cution has been most careful acd fair, and the defence able, and no point m your favor has been lot." Toe death sentence was then p?o---nouaced. The ju'y< had been absent a little over four hours, and the Court was crowded the whole time. The prisoner maintained his cool and determined look to the last and never exhibited the slightest change. His wife, who has been m Court throughout the trial, was naturally quite broken down, and while sentenca was being, pronounced was sobbing bitterly m the corridor. The vet diet excited considerable surprise and discussion, very few parsons having expected a conviction, esppclally as hour after hour .went by and the jary did not return. The police authorities themselves exp cted Ohemis would be acquitted. The damning fact was the paper oarefully extracted . from the gunahot wound, anl diligently and minutely piced together fitted the fragments gathe ed from tb.6 gorse and bushes by the roadside, and that the seotion thes obtained corres ponded exactly with the torn copy of the same Issue of the "Evening Post " taken from prisoner's bouse. (Jhemis 1 counsel was not m Ocurt to-day. He had been unwell previous to the trial, and the strain had made him too ill to appear. Ouemis had to undergo the ordeal of being sentenced to death a second time About a quarter of an hour after he was formally sentenced, the prisoner was brought back and placed m the dook again. The reason was not quite clear but, so far as could be made oat from what his Honor eald (he apoke m a very low tone and Indistinctly) the words " to the plioe of execution" . were omitted from the formula prescribed on such solemn occasions, and aentenoe was pronounced a second time m order that there should be no misunderstanding, - Wellington, July 16. A petition to His Excellency the Governor, headed by MrN. Fernanl-.', an Italian resident, is m course of signature, praying for the olemenby. of the Grown m the o*ae of the condemned man Ohemis.

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2174, 16 July 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2174, 16 July 1889