THE PETONE MURDER CASE. SOME FRESH EVIDENCE.
One of the most extraordinary features at the investigation in the Magistrate's Court of the case iof Stephen Bosher, who is charged with having murdered Joseph and Emma Jones at Petone on the 27th August last, is the demeanour of the accused. Bosher takes a very keen interest in the caso, but seems to feel his own position very little. The various little humorous incidents which occur even in a murder trial are fully appreciated by him, and his laugh is the readiest and lightest in the Court. "When his counsel scores off the peculiarities of the witnesses — and Sir. "Wilford is very fond of so doing — the accused at once enters into the spirit of the joke ; and in addition client and solicitor often enjoy an apparently private joke of their own. Certainly Stephen Bosher appears to enjoy the unique experience of being tried for his life. The lollowing evidence was adduced in the trial yesterday afternoon after we went to press : — • Henry Fleet, nightman, cross - examined by Mr. Wilford, said that on the morning after the tragedy Bosher was wearing what looked like bluchers. They were heavy boots and very dirty. It was a fine night after half-past 8 o'clock. James Tanahill, labourer, living at Beachstreet, Petone, said he left his place at about 7.30 o'clock on the night mentioned, passing Jones's store on his ■nay. Just as he got to the corner of Beach and Jackson streets witness heard Bosher speaking in a loud voice. "Witness was familiar with the voices of the accused and of Mr. Jones. Witness could not hear what Bosher said, but heard Jones reply, " All right, Bosher, I'll do that." Jones seemed to be speaking from a distance. There was a light in the shop, a small lamp standing on Mr. Jones's writing-desk, as witness could see through one of the open doors of the shop. There was nobody in the shop. "Witness went on to attend a Salvation Army meeting, whioh was finished at about half-past 8. A few minutes before the meeting broke up witness saw Bosher in the hall. The accused was standing near the end of the hall, and witness saw Miss Davies go down to him and speak to him. The accused usually attended, and took part in, the Salvation Army services. Immediately after the meeting witness met Bosher at the corner of ' Jackson and Sydney streets. Bosher was coming from his own place, and apparently going hack to the hall. In reply to a question from witness Bosher said that he was taking some books to the Captain of the Salvation Army. "Witness and accused then parted. Eeplying to Mr. Wilford, witness said that he did not know how long Bosher had been at the meeting before witness observed him. It would have been possible for some one to have been in the shop when witness looked in, without witness observing anybody. Re-examined, witness said that Bosher's voice seemed to come from somewhere about the doorway leading into the kitchen, while Jones's voice seemed to come from the end of the building near Jacksou-street. Margaret Davies, Captain of the Salvation Army at Petone, stated that she had known Bosher about three weeks before the murder. She and her lieutenant held an open-air meeting that night and adjourned afterwards to the barracks, commencing the latter meeting at 8 o'clock, and continuing it till about 8.45. About 36 persons were present, among them being the accused. Witness admitted Bosher at about half-past 8 or a few minutes later. Bosher stood at the back of the hall. There was nothing unusual in his demeanour. After the meeting the accused told Mrs. Hawes that he would fetch a book for her ; ho went away and returned in a very short time carrying something in his hand. Witness saw Bosher frequently after the murder, when accused at times seemed absent-minded and bothered. At a memorial service held on the Sunday week after the occurrence Bosher in a speech asserted his innocence. To Mr. Wilford witness said that she now looked on the, accused as an innocent man. Witness was at Mrs. Bosher's house on the day of the murder from 1 till 4 o'clock in the afternoon, afterwards returning there between the hours of 6 and 7. Witness thought something was said then about a book which Bosher was going to lend Mrs. Hawes. At 5 p.m._the Court adjourned till 11 o'clock this morning. At to-day's sitting of the Court evidence was given by Eliza Proctor (Lieutenant of the Salvation Army at Petone), and Constable Cox. The chief point developed was ! a statement by Constable Cox that the muddy footprints on the Joneses' doorstep coincided as to length and some of the marks with that of the left boot of a pair of bluchers found in Bosher's house, and which Bosher said he was wearing on the night of the murder. Our detailed report is unavoidably crowded out of this L iuue. • • ■
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