EXECUTION OF A MURDERER.
A STRANGE STATEMENT.
NAPIER, May 13.
Haira To Pere, executed for the murder of the Pook family, met his fate without emotion. At his trial at Gisborne Pere confessed to the murder, but last Friday night he made a statement to Captain Preece, R.M., that he and his brother entered Pook's store for robbery, but, being detected, his brother struck Pook, and in fact committed all the murders, while he (Haira) looked on in bewildered astonishment. He stated to others that it was arranged amongst his family that he, being guiltless, should be arrested, and would be got off, his brother paying for his lawyer with the proceeds of the robbery. There being no communication with the steamer in the harbor owing to the storm, the hangman was carried on to Auckland, and a prisoner serving a short sentence was the executioner, for which service the rest of his sentence will be remitted.
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EXECUTION OF A MURDERER., Evening Star, Issue 7905, 13 May 1889
EXECUTION OF A MURDERER. Evening Star, Issue 7905, 13 May 1889
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