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THE KAIWARRA TRAGEDY.

WELLINGTON, June 14,

Tho Police Conrt was crowded this morning, when Louis Chcmis was charged on remand with having murdered Thomas Hawkins.

Mr 0. E. Bunny, with Mr Devine, appeared for the accused ; and Mr if, 1). Bell for the Crown.

Mr Bell briefly described the locality where the crime was committed, and the circumstances under which the body was found. He mentioned that the pieces of paper which had been used as wads in the gun would play an important part in the evidence. One piece of paper found on the ground near where the murder was committed fitted exactly that extracted from a wound in the body of deceased, and those twopieces fitted a torn ‘EveningPost ’ of 17th November, 1883, that had had been found in the prisoner's house. Other shreds of paper found at the scene of the murder also fitted in a paper dated 33rd May, 1889, found in accused's house. It would be proved beyond the possibility of doubt that the fragment of paper which entered Hawkins’s body in front of the shot was a portion of the paper found at Chemis’a. This would bo the main evidence against accused, and he had little doubt that a prima Jade case would be established. At accused’s house adagger and double-barrelled gun were found, the latter having been recently discharged; also, roughly - cast bullets. As these did not fit the barrel of the gun it would be suggested that a large quantity of paper would be required as wads.

Chcmis here explained that the gun had been fired at quail, and that the dagger had not loft its sheath for a long time, D, G. A. Cooper, Registrar of the Supreme Court, produced papers in an action Hawkings v. Chcmis. The case had been heard before the murder, but was reserved for further consideration. Argument, however, had not been taken. T. G. Bolton, a solicitor engaged by Chapman and Fitzgeralds, said that Chomis had agreed to lease the land from Hawkins. Witness prepared the draft of a lease and took it to Chemis for perusal, but he refused to read it. He said he would not execute any lease. A writ was next served on Chemis by witness. Accused refused to take it, and the writ was thrown on the ground beside him. The demeanor of Chemis on the service of the writ was insulting, but witness put it down to his being a foreigner, and did not understand the document. Cross-examined : Witness admitted that as a rule people did not accept the service of the writ kindly. George Bowles, a laborer, and cousin of Mrs Hawkins, who first found tho body, deposed that he lived with Hawkins, r and, as he was late coming home on the 31st May, went to look for him. He first fonnd a horse and cart jammed against the fence, and bn proceeding down the road he found Hawkins [lying dead. He gave information, and sent for a doctor and the police. The body was thirty chains from' Hawkins’s house. The day after tho murder witness saw tho police officers picking up scraps of paper near the scene of the murder. An adjournment was here taken.

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THE KAIWARRA TRAGEDY., Issue 7933, 14 June 1889

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THE KAIWARRA TRAGEDY. Issue 7933, 14 June 1889

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