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New Ply mouth Murder.


[per press association.]

New Plymouth, May 8. The Inquest which was adjourned at 5 o'clock on Tuesday evening jbill this morning was resumed. Sergeant Duffin stated that he was passing Tole Bros, butcher's shop on Saturday night, April 12, at a a quarter to ten, when he saw Mahi Kai in there talking to others. He asked him if he had been in the recreation ground or on the racecourse that morning. The Native said "No." George Tole touched me on the right arm and said '' You are after the wrong man, you had better look to"—mentioning a name. Witness replied "That will not do," witness went home and no steps were taken to arrest Mahi Kai till Sunday. Constable Scully, witness and Mahi, on Sunday morning early, went to the recreation ground. After that arrested the prisoner >as he considered he was warranted in doing so on the materials gathered. Under cross-examination by Mr Samuel, Duffin said he did not see marks of violence on the body bill it was turned over. Did not see the hat and stick of deceased when the body was found. Went afterwards to look for them. Did not see or search for new boots in Maloney's house. 1 ?*s clothes were not searched till the body -jtis taken up into the roadway. There was nothing to indicate that the body had been dragged to where it was found. Saw no footprints, as the place was strewed with dead luivtrf. The track to where the hat and stick were found was made as if by a dog crawling in. It was all covered over. The left side of Maloney's jaw was knocked in, and the left eye was knocked about and black and closed. The body must have been lying in-the place some time as the clothes were damp. Yesterday was the first time he had made a thorough search of deceased's house, which lias been in charge of Chas. Carnell. Knew nothing about Malonoy's private affairs. Deceased did nob drink and was a very honest man. Wellington May 8 Detective Marsack of Christchurch has been instructed to proceed to New Plymouth to investigate the Maloney murder.

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New Plymouth Murder., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2424, 8 May 1890

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New Plymouth Murder. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2424, 8 May 1890

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