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THE KAIWARRA MURDER.

WELLINGTON, Jcly 8.

The trial of Louis Chemia for the murder of Thomas Hawkins, near Kaiwarra, on May 31, began before the Chief Justice to-day ; Mr Bell and Mr Richmond appeared for the Crown, Mr C. Bunny and Mr Devine for the prisoner. A large map of the country surrounding thesoenp of the crime was displayed on an easel for the benefit of the jury, and on the table were photographs of the place and of the pieces of paper taken from the wound in the body; also photo-lithographs of the ‘ Evening Post ’ showing the line of fissure, for the purpose of enabling comparison. Mr Bell, in opening the Crown’s case, said that though no blood had been found on tho prisoner’s clothes, there had been plcnty of time to remove all traces before the police appeared on the scene. He detailed the discovery of paper in tho wound Acting the issue of the ‘Evening Post’ of March 23 in Chemis’s house, and told the jury that this paper was the cardinal poipt on which tho issue hung. He pointed out that the character of the murder showed it was done by a foreigner apd not by an Englishman. The wounds must have been inflicted by a tapering dagger, and such a dagger was found in prisoner’s house, though no traces of blood

could be found on it, or on the sheath. He also drew attention to the fact that the torn paper was found in Chemis’s house and handed to an expert (Mr Tasker) before the police knew that there was a gunshot wound in the body or heard of the frogmens which the doctor discovered in the wourflT

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Evening Star, Issue 7953, 8 July 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER. Evening Star, Issue 7953, 8 July 1889

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