The Grisborne Murder.
» — [PBR 'PRESS ASSOCIATION.] Gisbornb, July 22. The case m which William Black is charged wifch the murder of IJobert Streeter, about March last, commenced this morning before Mr Booth, B.M. Dr Innes gave evidence as to the identification of the body, and finding gunshot wounds m the head and lead m the brain. Elizabeth Streeter, wife of the deceased, deposed that the prisoner had stayed at her house for the last 12 months. Streeter and Black took a fencing contract m February last and left town. Since then she had received letters every week from Black, which had been burnt after reading. Prisoner came to town several times and lodged at her house. At the end of March Black and Streeter had left, and came to town for a fortnight. That was the only conversation she had ever had with Black about her husband. When the police interviewed her ahe sent immediately for Black, •who came to town and gave her a horse m payment for board m case he was arrested. Black gave her a wedding ring on July 9th. The ring was an old one, worn out. Prior to Sfcreeter's disappearance, letters from Black came addressed " Miss Wills," after addressed " Mrs Streeter." She had received various sums of money from Black for board. Mrs Price had come to lier place when Black was present and said what would Bob (meaning Streeter) say if he came m now ? Black replied, 41 No fear his coming." Streeter had left lier twice before, 12 and 16 years since for short periods, and her idea was that she would not bother much about him. Charles Price, a son of Mrs Streeter's first husband, gave evidence, and was frequently cautioned for withholding evidence. He deposed that he worked at the camp "with Black after Streeter disappeared. He never had but one short conversation with Black regarding Streeter. Black gave him his watch and chain m case he was arrested as part payment of wages. Wibness burnt Black's felt hat while drying it. Black had said it was his hat, and witnem did not know that it belonged to Streeter, Mary Price deposed that she went to Streeter's house and found Mrs Streeter and Black there. She had a conversation vith Black about Streeter's disappearance, and the rumors against Black. The latter said, "I know they will never find him. He is stowed away m some big vessel." Witness said, " They say you went shooting m the bush and came back without him." He replieh, "We only went 200 yards m the bush before we sat down and smoked." Mrs Streeter had torn up photos belonging to her husband's friends m the presence of witness. She Jiaid her husband had gone to Napier, The Court then adjourned till tomorrow.
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The Grisborne Murder., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2472, 23 July 1890
The Grisborne Murder. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2472, 23 July 1890
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