THE KAIWARRA MURDER.
In doping his remarks yesterday, Mr Bell said that evidence would probably be given that u man with a gun had been seen going over the bills on the day of the murder, but he asked the jury not to attach much weight to the statements, as there was little probability that a man who intended to murder another would be seen out in broad light with a weapon in his possession. Charles Bowles, a laborer, cousin of Mrs Hawkins, and who was living with Hawkins, was next examined, and in his examination-in-chief recapitulated the evidence given at the preliminary inquiry. He was subjected to a lengthy cross-examination at the hands of Mr Bunny. Bowles admitted that he was the first to discover Hawkins’s body. Although living in Hawkins’s house with his wife (to whom he had been married only six weeks), he did not return to the house that night, but slept in a lean-to attached to it, in which another male servant slept. He said he had nothing to fear, but did not care to meet Mrs Hawkins that night, _ That was the only excuse he could give for not returning to the bouse on the night of the murder. He never slept a wink all night. Next morning he went into Mrs Hawkins’s house and lit a fire. Witness knew a carpenter named
William Leediu, a German, who was present at witness’s wedding at the invitation of Hawkins, he believed. Hawkins wrote a letter inviting Leedin, The latter left the house rather abruptly, so to speak, but witness was not aware that he had been ordered to do so by Hawkins, nor was he aware that any words had taken place between Hawkins and Leedin, After Hawkins was buried, Leedin renewed his visits to the house. Although the wind was blowing in the direction of Hawkins’s where witness worked, he did not hear any shots on the night of the murder. Witness admitted that George Bowles, brother of Mrs Hawkins, was on bad terms with Hawkins. George Bowles lived at Carterton, and some time ago went bankrupt. Before his bankruptcy George Bowles brought down 200 sheep, and gave them into Hawkins’s custody, and witness admitted that the sheep were never included in the assets. Witness stated that George Bowles, after receiving his discharge, demanded the return of the sheep ; but Hawkins refused, and said “ I intend to stick to half." Witness said he knew nothing of the matter in dispute between Hawkins and George Bowles, and could not say what became of the sheep. Mr Bunny pressed witness as to the feeling between Hawkins and George Bowles’s family, but witness said he was not aware of quarrels, and denied that he had heard Hawkins say “he would shoot George Bowles like a dog,” Witness found a dead hare near the body of Hawkins, but it had been dead three or four days. He could not say what became of it, In his re-examination the witness said William Leedin had left Hawkins’s house a fortnight after the wedding, which took place on the Bth April. At 6.45 p.m. the Court adjourned until next day, and the jury were locked up for the night.
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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Evening Star, Issue 7954, 9 July 1889
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