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The Gisborne Murder.


THE INQUEST. Gisborne, July 18. The body of Robert Streeter was brought on a pack horse from the place of discovery, eight miles along a fearfully rough road to Whakatutu, thirty-six miles from here. Dr Lines conducted a post mortem examination, Mr Booth, R.M., held an inquest. Mr Rees appeared for prisoner and Mrs Streeter. Constable Law said, he and a party of Natives set out on Wednesday morning to search for the body and were only twenty minutes searching before they found it. They went in the direction indicated by one of the men from camp as the place where Black had left. A spade was found at a spot which looked like a fire-place made for boiling a billy. They looked about, and came across a, man's feet. They then dug deeper into the side of the hill, and came across the body, jammed in anyhow with sticks, and earth to cover it up. Dr Lines deposed that the body wfts fully dressed except a hat. The clothing was blood-stained, and the battens which had been placed ovoj the body were also blood-stained. There was a hole behind the right ear,

three inches by two, and the skull was fractured into many pieces. There were no marks of powder around the wound. On searching the brain he found pellets of shot, and several fragments of gravel. The body was healthy. He considered the wound was caused by a shot from a gun. The charge had passed through the head and came out at the left temple. Elizabeth Streeter said,the body was that of her husband. She last saw him five months ago. Arthur Parkinson and Frank Donald also identified the body as Streeter's. The jury returned a verdict that deceased was murdered by a gunshot wound, but there was no evidence to show by whom inflicted. The magisterial inquiry takes place on Monday. The body, which was a ghastly revolting spectacle, was in. fairly good condition, the flesh being white but much shrunk. The head, however, was a mass of corruption, and the wounds made it more sickening to look at. The ■ whole face had' flattened in, and the features were indistinguishable. The party which left town had a rojgh trip,, the rivers bemg in high; flood and the loads very bad. This morning the prisoner Black was taken in to view the body. Immediately he entered the room the Sergeant asked him "Do you know who that is?" He replied, "Yes, Robert Streeter." These were the only words that have fallen from him and throughout he remained stolid and presented a simple appearance.

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The Gisborne Murder., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2469, 19 July 1890

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The Gisborne Murder. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2469, 19 July 1890

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