MAORI FOUND GUILTY
CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER
After a hearing of two days before Mr. Justice Cornish and a jury in the Supreme Court, William Martin (21), a Maori (Mr. Gerard) was found guilty of the manslaughter of William Arnesen at Pakotai on April 2.
The allegation was that in the course of a fight between the three Arnesen brothers and some Maoris, William Arnesen, aged 26, suffered a fatal fracture of.the skull as the result of a blow from a stone held or thrown by accused. . No evidence was called for the defence.
In his address to the jury, Mr. Gerard stressed that the string of circumstances leading up to the fatality was provoked by the Arnesens, and the only evidence connecting accused with the fatal blow was his own statement. So far as that blow was concerned, the whole evidence indicated that accused entered the affray to protect his father and then had to strike the other man with the stone in self-defence without time to consider the possible effect.
In summing up, his Honor said it had been proved that Arnesen's death had been due to a blow from a stone, and the question was whether accused was in such grievous peril.that he had to strike the other man with the stone as he did.
After the jury had returned a verdict of guilty, the prisoner was remanded for sentence.
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PAKOTAI AFFRAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945
PAKOTAI AFFRAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945
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