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THE KAIWARRA MURDER.

At the inquest yesterday afternoon, Constable Carroll (who was the drat policeman to ivach the scene of the murder) gave evidence as to the finding of the body. Witness found fragments of paper at the spot, which he handed to Inspector Thompson on June 5. The paper was handed to the Government analyst on June 5, and on the following day fragments were handed over to Mr Tasker. Witness was in possession of the clothes taken from deceased.

Detective Benjamin said ho visited accused's house with Inspector Thompson and Detective Campbell on the evening of the Ist June, This was about 430 p.m. Accused was outside chopping wood. Chemis was suspected of having a pocket book belonging to the murdered man. A thorough ?enroll waH made, but nothing was found. Witness and Campbell searched accused's bedroom, accused being present. A gun was found there, and it bore the appearance of being recently discharged. Accused said to witness : "I fired the gun oil' at some quail a few days ago.'' A chest of drawers in the bedroom was examined. In one of the drawers Campbell found the stiletto. Accused remarked : "It has not been out of its sheath for some months." A leather pouch containing shot was found, also some bullets. Certain newspapers found at accused's house were taken possession of by witness and Inspector Thompson. He saw accused again on Sunday morning, and told him that he had come for the gnu. Accused gave it to him. In reply to a question, " Did you go straight home from work on Friday night" (the night of tho murder), accused replied "Yes; and never left it again that night." When witneps went to accused on Saturday afternoon he had never heard of the gunshot wounds. Witness arrested accused on the sth Juno. The latter made no remark until the warrant was read to him, when he said : "Its all damned lies. I won't bo there long. I wish I had better clothes to go in." When they found the stiletto its sheath was not covered with du├čt. Accused said "It has not been used for six months." The revolver found had three chambers loaded, and there were no traces of it being recently discharged. Witness said, now that it was mentioned, he believed Healey suggested firing off the revolver, as it would be safer to carry it unloaded. At 5 p.m. Mr Bell suggested an adjournment till Friday. Mr Bunny objected, as the time for opening the criminal sessions of the Supreme Court was approaching, and he should not have time to complete the defence. Ultimately His Worship granted a remand till Friday.

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Evening Star, Issue 7937, 19 June 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER. Evening Star, Issue 7937, 19 June 1889

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