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New Plymouth Murder.

* [per press association J New Plymouth, May 20. Marion Cooper further deposed that the Maori she saw in the Recreation grounds had a smaller hat, and not of straw, but it was like that Mati now had on. She was doubtful about it • being Mati whom she met. Florence Crozitr, a child nine years old, who was not sworn, said she saw a young Maori -with a straw hat about nine o'clock on Friday morning. She could not say how he was dressed, but he had a •blue and white ribbon round his hat. Otto Arnoldt deposed that the accused had no money, and slept at the gasworks several nights before the murder was committed. He had an old pair of slippers on, and no drawers or waistcoat. On the Friday evening (the clay the murder was' committed) prisoner had a new pair of boots on, and had a melon, showing that he had got money somewhere. Saw prisoner in a fruit shop that day. Major Brown stated that when he in- | .terpreted the charge of larceny of boots i and clothes to the prisoner, Mati Kai stated that the waistcoat was given him I by his parent at Parihaka ; the drawers he purchased for 2s from a settler named Toogood, near Pihama; the boots he purchased at Opunake for 15s 6d. Francis Richards, a boy about fourteen years old, stated that he knew prisoner. lOn-Fridfty, AptUll, tiel/wtstsu LWelVe ailCl '. one o'clock, he saw a person crossing the 1 Avenue road from the racecourse, who he was confident was the prisoner ; but he was a good distance away when he saw him. The person jumped over the raoecpurse fence, crossed the road, and jumped I over a gate on the other side and disappeared from sight. Wellington, May 20. Government have acceded to the request made by Mr Samuel, who is defending the Maori charged with the New Plymouth murder, that he should be allowed the services of an interpreter, so that he may converse freely with the prisoner. Wellington, May 21. Government have declined to provide counsel for the accused at the murder inquest at' New Plymouth, but in the event of prisoner being committed for trial, Government would then engage counsel. New Plymouth, May 21. The remainder of the evidence taken last night was respecting the make of the boots found on Main when arrested. The inquest was adjourned at 11.30 till 2 o'clock to-day.

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New Plymouth Murder., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2435, 21 May 1890

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New Plymouth Murder. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2435, 21 May 1890