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WELLINGTON, Jolt 12. On the murder case being resumed to-day. the jury said they would like some Information as to the clothes worn by prisoner on the night of the murder.

Bis Honor said they could recall any ef the witnesses for the purpose. Detective Benjamin gave evidence as le searching accused’s house. He was told by a messengerfrom Dr Oahillon the Saturday morning that there had been a murder committed with some sharp instrument; but he heard nothing about a gun. He went for it next day, when the prisoner said be had fired at quail with it three days before. By Mr Bonny: He would swear that he never heard anything from Dr Cahill at the morgue about a gunshot wound. Inspector Thompson had instructed him to pick up aU the papers about the prisoner’s house. The gun was given to the inspector, who put his finger down one barrel and found that it was damp. Ha did not try the other, and could not say why. He was not shown any quail in the house, either by the prisoner or his wife, He had seen plenty of quail about the hills. The prisoner never said that the drawer la which the stiletto and revolver were found was kept locked in order to prevent his children from getting at them. Prisoner slid that the stiletto had not been out of its sheath for six months—not six years. He did not see any dust on the sheath. Prisoner said he had gone straight home on the night of the murder, and never went out again. He should say from his experience of firearms that the gun might have been fired eff ar y time up to several days before be examined it. He did not see a wad punch on the premises. He never looked at the papers be obtained. On receiving a message by Constable Carroll from the doctor at the morgue that death was caused by a sharp weapon he left at once, and consequent’/ did not get any farther message. Inspector Thompson, recalled, had not received a report from the Johnstonville eonstable that a man had been seen going up the Ngahauranga line. In answer to the jury, witness said that the prisoner’s seat was searched. It was of a dark brown color.

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER CASE., Issue 7957, 12 July 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER CASE. Issue 7957, 12 July 1889

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