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THE KAIWARRA MURDER

(FROM OUR OWH CORBISPONDENT.J Wellington, August 24 The papers whioh came before the Executive Council when onnslde r !ng the osse of Lawia Ohemis, condemned to death for tbe murder of Thomas Hawkins, were l»ld on tbetible of the Hoosa at eleven o'olock kit night. Briefly the new points brought out are aa follows :— The Chief Juatlos states that In his opinion the verdict was jaatified by tbe evldenoe. In bis statement forwarded to Hla Exoollenoy the Governor Ohetnlo states that he rep.eh.id l>ls home on the evening of the murder at ten minutes to five' and did not afterwards leave bis home. This statement is corroborated by the statements of bis nrifejand eldest child. Ho lays farther that the murdered mm had frequent quarrels with hunters, Heury Blandfoid Baya he was walking home along tho Hutt road about nine o'olook on the evening of the murder, He heard a rustling In tho scrub and stoppod and listened. The noise was some way up In the Bcpqb, and was fclie sound of something or someone moving about. He heard of tbe murder of EUwkins next day. A few d»yo after went up to the coeoe of murder ; remembered tho noise m the scrub, and knowing there waß a track near where he had heard the colae, proceeded to tximlna It to where It led to ; followed rp this track and found that by 10 doing he could get to the scene qI the murder ; notloed very distinct heel marks on the track that led half way down to the Hutt ro«d. Oo the Friday preceding the trial of Ohemfs examined the truck ag»ln, » n d In a gully on the top of a hill found In tho scrub a pair of boots ; they were old boots but clean and evidently had not been there long— the nails were jast beginning to rua*. j also found some false whickers ; tock the whiskers to thedeteotlvaß aod gave thorn his mmc.

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2208, 24 August 1889

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