THE PETONE MURDER CASE.
' THE TRIAL OP STEPHEN BOSHER. The trial of Stephen Bosher on the charge of having murdered Joseph and Emma Jones, at Petone, on the 27th August, 1896, was continued yesterday afternoon after we went to press. Mrs. Atkinson, in answer to the Bench, said — When Bosher came to her house on themorningafterthemurder he merely stated that he had been knocking at the Joneses' door and could not get any one to answer him. He gave no other explanation and she asked for none. She went into the house by herself, and did not know where Bosher went to. She was alone when she discovered the bodies. Mary Elizabeth Atkinson, daughter of the last witness, deposed to having heard the noise of a bump some time between 8 and half-past 8 o'clock on the evening of the 27th. Samuel A. Atkinson, clerk in tlie office of the Crown Solicitor, proved that certain printed copies of Boshers various statements were true copies. Mr. Bell undertook to put in the original documents later on. .Fred A. Godfrey, fitter and turner, who saw Mrs. Atkinson about eight minutes past 7 o'clock on the morning of tho 28th, gave evidence as to the finding of the bodies in the house. Bosher said to witness that* morning in front of the police station, "I go dere last night, and knock, knock, knock, and make nobody hear, and I go dere this morning, and knock, and make nobody hear." The witness was cross-examined at length as to the footmarks and the facts of the morning of the 2Sth. At 5.15 p.m. the Court adjourned till this morning. This Day. On the Court resuming at 10.30 a.m., the first witness called was Arthur Disher, manager of the boot department of Sargood, Son & Ewen's establishment, who deposed that his firm had sold similar boots to those produced. Frederick Priest, hairdresser at Petone, gave evidence as to the events of the morning of 28th August, when the footmark was discovered. James W. Pettett, railway carpenter, also gave evidence as to the events of the morning after the murder. He stated that he met Bosher in the street, and the accused, in answer to a question, said that he had seen the bodies ; that he had been in the house with Mrs. Atkinson and had just come out. Eliza Proctor, lieutenant of the Salvation Army at Petone, described the meeting at the barracks on the evening of the tragedy, and Bosher's appearance there at about half-past 8 o'clock. She also gave details of the conversations which she had with the accused, dunug one of which Bosher remarked that he supposed he would be suspected of having committed the murder, as pepper was used, and that was a foreign trick. To Mr. Wilford— Bosher had in his hand when he arrived at the meeting a paper parcel which looked like a pound of butter. Margaret Davis, captain of the Salvation Army at Petone in August last, slated that she was keeping the door at the meeting held there on the evening of the murder when Bosher came in. She was sure that the accused had not come in to the meeting prior to that occasion. She went on to detail Bosher's statements to her in reference to his movements, and to the swaggers whom he had seen on the Joneses' verandah on the night of the murder. To Mr. Wilford— Witness had been captain of the Army at Petone, but was now a private. She thought that the time when Bosher arrived at the meeting was 8.30, independently of the last witness's watch. (Left sitting.)
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