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O.C. ROTORUA, this day. A charge of attempting to murder j Christopher McDonald (47), bushman. at Rerewhakaitu, near Rotorua, on June 28, was preferred against Henry Reginald Edwards (60), bushman, before Messrs. A. C. Keith and A. W. Downer, J.P.'s. Accused pleaded net guilty. McDonald, in evidence, said that bad blood had developed between himself and Edwards while witness was employed by Edwards, splitting posts at Rerewhakaitu. The trouble occurred over McDonald's friendship with Edwards' daughter, who. with her younger sister, was cooking at the camp. Edwards accused witness of living with the girl, but when witness said they wished to get married Edwards said he was satisfied and gave them a hut in which to live. After about three weeks, said McDonald, he decided to leave Edwards' employment and left, taking the girl with him. While he was sitting on the side of the road preparing to move camp, Edwards, accompanied by his two young sons, his younger daughter and his wife, approached him and when about half a chain away produced a rifle and ordered him to put his hands up. Edwards then told the older daughter to stand aside and fired at witness. The shot missed and Edwards fired again, and again missed. The younger daughter then seized the rifle from her father, continued witness. He said that Edwards used bad language to him, but finally calmed down and eventually assisted him to transfer his, belongings to another camp. Edwards said that everything would be all right. There was no further trouble until about 3 p.m. on June 26, when witness returned to his camp to find two of Edwards' boys in his tent and Edwards' younger daughter outside. The girl lr.ept staring at him, and when he spoke to her somebody fired at him as he stood outside the tent, the shot striking him on the left arm and back. Witness said that while he was lying down, Edwards' younger daughter and her mother approached him and the girl said she would "get the axe and belt his brains out." (Proceeding)

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BUSHMAN SHOT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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BUSHMAN SHOT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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