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At the Police Court to-day the hearing of the charge against Louis Chemis of having murdered Thomas Hawkins was resumed.

John May said he was in the vicinity of the Khankallah railway station on the evening of 31st May, waiting the arrival of the train from Wellington. He heard two shots fired from the direction of the farm belonging to deceased. Crossexamined : He was surprised to hear the shots, as although it was the shooting season it was too dark at the time to see anything. Wilson, a reporter, said he visited the scene of the murder next morning, and found a Bcrap of paper—part of the ' Evening Post' of 23rd May—in a gorse fence near a bend in the road where the first shot was supposed to have been fired. On production of the piece of paper it was found that tho date did not correspond with witness's statement, the date being 22nd March. Witness explained that he had not looked at the date, but had been led to believe that it was a paper of 23rd May by a paragragh printed on tho paper having reference to a picnic to be held the next day, which he had supposed meant the Quoen's Birthday. Inspector Thomson deposed to having visited tho scene of the murder on Ist June. He found fragments of paper that had every and appearance of having been burned, powder lying about the road and in the gorso fence already referred to. He also produced portions of a newspaper found in the pockets of accused. He proceeded to the house of accused with detectives and searched the premises. A gun was found by Detective Benjamin. It was a double-barrelled muzzle loader. The detective put his finger in the muzzle, and as he withdrew it remarked to witness: "This has been recently discharged." He also found a stiletto. Cross-examined: He examined the stiletto for blood stains, but could not find any. There was verdigris on the hilt to the extent of a quarter of an inch, but nothing to indicate that it had been recently used.

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Issue 7936, 18 June 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER. Issue 7936, 18 June 1889

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