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Horrible Murder at New Plymouth.

ARREST OF A MAORI. (ym 1-RJSSS A.S6IPO^ATIOJJ".] New Plymouth, April 13, A ferocious murder was committed in the recreation ground on Friday, the victim being an old man named Stephen Maloney. The deceased was a discharged soldier," haying Iseryed in the .Crimea;. He lived alono^in a smaii cottsige in "th.c grounds, and was last, -seen alive'on Fnday at noon. He was missed on Friday night, and search was made for him on Saturday afternoon, when his body wa

found lying in somefejm and scrub, about 20 chains from his ihouse. * Marks of violence were found;on the body, but were not at first considered to be of a serious character, and . there was little blood visible. The post mortem to-day revealed that the deceased had been horribly murdered. Nine cuts were found in the head. None of them, however, fractured the skull or penetrated the brain. His windpipe had been smashed to atoms by some blunt instrument, as there was no external cut but severe contusion. The theory is that the murderer used the blunt end of a small tomahawk, inflicting repeated blows on the throat with it, which severed the windpipe, but no severe external wound was occasioned. Deceased was a native of Kerry, Ireland, and had been in this colony over thirty years. He was decrepit, and could not walk without a stick. His stick and hat were found about 6 or 7 yards farther in the scrub. When the body was found it was noticed that one of the pockets had been turned inside out, and deceased's purse (empty) was found near the body. The motive for the crime was evidently to obtain money. The police have arrested a native named Mitu Kai, who was liberated from gaol 14 days ago, having served a sentence for housebreaking. Marks of blood were found on the Maori's trousers, and he was seen in the locality on, the day the murder was committed. Deceased told the keeper of the- recreation grounds that a Maori he did not know had called at his house alone on Friday morning, and that he had given him his breakfast. He also said that the Maori told him he was employed doing some work in the recreation grounds. The keeper told deceased that the Maori's statement was untrue, as no Maori had been working in the grounds. The police are engaged in getting up the case, and it is expected that evidence will be adduced at the. jnquest (which commences on Monday) sufficiently strong to commit the Maori for trial. The murder is supposed to have been committed with deceased's own hatchet, which bears marks of blood upon it. Deceased was a recipient of charitabie aid, and had no relations in the colony.

New Plymouth, April 14. A Maori named Mitu Kai was charged this morning in the Polite Court with the murder of Stephen Maloney, an old man found dead yesterday afternoon on the recreation grounds. Inspector Pardy said the police had evidence that accused was seen in the recreation ground on the day of the murder though he strongly denied that he had been there since Easter Monday. The police were collecting evidence that would go to prove that accused was seen coming from the grounds about the time the murder was supposed to have been committed. He asked for accused's remand till Monday next. Meantime an inquest could be held, and perhaps, additional light thrown on the deed. The accused was remanded.

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Horrible Murder at New Plymouth., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2400, 14 April 1890

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Horrible Murder at New Plymouth. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2400, 14 April 1890

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