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THE MAYFIELD MURDER.

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BIDDLE SENTENCED TO TO DEATH,

Christchurch, Nov. 20.

Alfred Biddle, charged with the murder of Mrs Lilley at Mayfield on October 15, appeared to stand his trial at the Supreme Court to day. He was in a very shaky state, and practically had to be lifted into the dock by two warders, Mr T. W. Stringer, X.0., prosecuted, and Mr M. Don nelly, assigned by the Crown, appeared for the prisonei". After a quarter of an hour's retirement, the jury returned a verdict of "guilty of wilful murder."

The accused sprawled over the front of the dock, and hia hands worked convulsively. In reply to a question as to whether he had anything to say why semtence of death should not be pronounced, accused said " No." Tb9 usual proclamation preceding the passing of a death sentence was made by the crier. His Honour placed the black cap upon his head, and addressing the prisoner said, " You have been convicted of a murder. Aβ to the character of which I do not propose to comment. All I have to do is to pass on you the only sentence which the law permits. The sentence of the Court is that you will be taken to the place of execution and there hanged by the neck until you arc dead."

The prisoner received the sentence in silence, and was lifted out of the dock by the two warders,

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THE MAYFIELD MURDER., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4350, 21 November 1913

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THE MAYFIELD MURDER. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4350, 21 November 1913

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