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An unusual delay was caused in opening the trial of a prisoner in the Supreme Court to-day by his unexpected plea of guilty to one of ■the counts in the indictment against him. •

The prisoner was Leslie Duff Neill, farmer, aged 42 (Mr. North and Mr. Jacka), charged that on May 24 at Parahi, near Ruawai, he attempted to murder Richard McCready, to which he pleaded not guilty. He also entered a plea of not guilty to counts that, with intent to do grievous bodily harm, he wounded Richard McCready, and that he assaulted McCready so as to cause him actual bodily harm. On a fourth count that he caused actual bodily harm' to McCready in such circumstances that if death had been caused he would have been guilty of manslaughter, he entered a plea of guilty. In view of the surprise indicated by prisoner's counsel, Mr. Justice Cornish said he would consult counsel, including Mr. V. R. Meredith, Crown Prosecutor, in chambers. When the Court resumed the prisoner was recharged, and pleaded not guilty on all counts. , The case, which is a sequel to McCready—employed by accused to run accused's mixed dairy and sheep farm at Parahi on a half profit basis —suffering a number of knife wounds after an altercation with accused, is proceeding. It was stated ! during the lower Court hearing that "Tused is an epileptic

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COUNSEL SURPRISED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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COUNSEL SURPRISED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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