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ROTORUA, this day.

Pleading not guilty, Henry Reginald Edwards, a Maori, aged 60, who was charged in the Rotorua Police Court with attempting to murder Daniel Christopher McDonald, also a Maori, by shooting, at Rerewhakaitu on June 28, was committed to the Supreme Court at Hamilton for trial. Messrs. A. W. DoVner and, A. L. Keith, J.P.'s, were on the Bench. Mr. J. D. Davys appeared for accused and DetectiveSergeant A. J. White represented the police. Under cross-examination by Mr. Davys, for accused, McDonald admitted that he had been carrying a knife, but denied that he had threatened the younger Edwards girl with it. He admitted that a letter produced was from a married woman. It had been in his pocket, but had been removed. He admitted that he had been keeping a young girl in Opotiki, but denied that the police there had told him to send her away. He also denied that he had five illegitimate children and had been ordered out of Opotiki, but admitted that he had been told to find a job. Witness said he did not know that he was reported to have claimed that he was a tohunga and that he could "get any girl he wanted." Asked -whether he was not an expert knife thrower, McDonald, after some hesitation, said: "I'm no good at nothing." Ada Edwards, younger daughter of the accused, said that as a result of what she had told her parents about McDonald's relations with her sister, they had gone to McDonald's camp. She claimed that on the first occasion a shot had been fired . McDonald had menaced her mother with a sledge hammer. Her father had fired at McDonald to protect her mother. On the second occasion she had accompanied her parents to McDonald's camp for the purpose of bringing her sister home. Heard Shot Fired

Witness claimed that McDonald swore at her in Maori and produced a knife. She thought he intended to throw the knife at her and ran away screaming. While she was running she heard a shot fired and saw McDonald fall. She did not know until afterwards that her father had fired the shot. , Norman Newton said that McDonald came to work for him. He told witness he had had trouble with Edwards and that the accused had fired a shot at him. Later the accused told witness that he would "make a job of it next time." Witness urged Edwards not to do anything foolish. On the day of the alleged offence witness was approaching his whare through the bush when he heard a shot and a woman scream. Edwards emerged from the bush carrying a rifle and said to witness: "I've done the job, Norman." Witness found McDonald lying on the ground and wounded in the side. He took McDonald into his hut and dressed his wounds and later informed the police in Rotorua. Sergeant M. Farrell, Qf Whakatane, said that on June 20 Edwards called at the Whakatane Police Station and said that he was anxious to get his daughter away from McDonald. Witness pointed out to Edwards that- the girl was of the age of consent and that nothing could be done by the police. Witness advised Edwards to see the manpower authorities and a solicitor. To Mr. Davys, witness said he knew McDonald to be violent and aggressive in his behaviour and witness had been glad when he left his district. Statement by Accused

Detective - Sergeant White described police * investigations and produced a signed statement by Edwards, in which he claimed that he had fired at McDonald the first time only with the intention of frightening him and because he threatened Mrs. Edwards with a hammer. On the second occasion Edwards claimed that McDonald was threatening Ada with a knife and that he fired at him with the intention of crippling him. He did not intend to kill McDonald, but knew that he took a risk of crippling him. Mr. Davys renewed his application for bail for the accused, but this was refused.

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MAORI WOUNDED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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MAORI WOUNDED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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