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The New Plymouth Murder.


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; i New* Plymouth-, October 21. ' The Judge summed up at great length. The jury retired,at 4.30 p.m. to consider their verdict, ariclafter an hour returned to Court with a verdict of Guilty, and % recommendation to in,ercy on account of the priiloneVa^youbH and-alien race. ! In answer to "the usual form, the prisoner said, " May I speak V ' Judjre—" Yes" . Prisoner—" Why am I found guilfcy?V Judge—"The jury have found you .guilty." 1 ■ -.' ; The prisoner then stated :—" I wasn'c there. When all is over I will &ay who was the person who did it. The reason I did not speak before is because he i 3 a Maori like myself. I did not speak before' because I was m the hands of my lawyer, who was defending me, and according toNative custom I wanted to defend the man who committed/the crime. It is ths Native* custom to save your own people if possible. This individual brought me the things for which I was taken to gaol; According to the Maori. \ custom when a man is condemned for what a relative does he is to keep silent. His name is (name mentioned). It was he who killed him. This is all I have to say. Hois the man who gave me the things, and he committed the crime." : .., His Honor then addressed the accused as follows :—" Mahi Kai, you have been found guilty of the crime of murder. Yon ■have had a most careful trial, and an vost intelligent jury, and a most ablo counsel. I certainly agree with the verdich of .the i jury. ] The jury have recommended you to mercy on account of your youth, and on account of your being of the Native race. That recommendation shall be sent to those who have, if they think fit, the power to act upon it. It does not test' with'me. I have only to adininister the I sentence of the law. His Honor then sentenced the prisoner to death. , , NeW Plymouth, October 22. ' The Minister.of Justice has givon;Mr Samuel permission to see Mahi Kai m gaol with reference to what ke said yesterday before sentence was passed on him, when he accused another Maori of committing the murder. Counsel for: the Crown is likely to accompany Mr Samuel. The, statement of prisoner will be taken d6wn m writing by an interpreter in' the presence of the gfioler. :

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The New Plymouth Murder., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2550, 22 October 1890

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The New Plymouth Murder. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2550, 22 October 1890

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