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THE KAIWARRA MURDER.

WELLINGTON, July 15. The jury returned at 5.15 p.m., and brought in a verdict of " Guilty." In answer to the usual question whether he had anything to Bay why sentence should not be pronjunced, Chemis said : " Yes, I have a few words.

I reckon I have been treated by the detectives very badly. They say they never found any powder flask in my place, I say there was one there on the right hand Bide, and jus: close to the shot pouch, and the police could have picked up either just as easily as one. They alas Bay they never saw any quail, but I can assure your Honor there were four of them in the back room in a tin. I had wads for

my gun, and I never used paper to load with in my life. As to the bullets, a blacksmith named Gibson gave ten of them to me to shoot pigs, and I hope your Honor will nod out the truth of what I am now saying

to-morrow or some time. The detectives also say they never saw a wad cutter, but I tell your Honor it was close to the shot pouch, and I repeat that the detectives have treated me very badly, I'm willing to die now or swing at the gallows to-morrow, but I say I am innocent of the crime. All I care for is my wife and children. For myself I care nothing, because I am innocent." His Honor then put on the black cap. He appeared much affected as he said : I do not feel it my duty to say much, but I may say the few words you have just uttered about the police, will, in my opinion, go far to form in the minds of most people the fact of your guilt. I do not believe for a moment that the police conspired in your death. It is not for me to express an opinion in concurrence with the verdict which the jury have returned. The prosecution haa been most careful and fair, and the defence able, and no point in your favor has been lost. The death sentence was then pronounced. The jury had been absent a little over four hours, and the Court was crowded the whole time. The prisoner maintained his cool and determined look to the last, and never exhibited the slightest change. His wife, who has been in Court throughout the trial, was naturally quite broken down, and while sentence was being pronounced was

sobbing bitterly in the corridor. The verdict excited considerable surprise and discussion, very few persons having expected a conviction, especially as hour after hour went by and the jury did net return. The police authorities themselves expected that Chemis would be acquitted. The damning fact was that the paper carefully extracted from the gunshot wound and diligently and minutely pieced together fitted the fragments gathered from the gorse aud bushes by the roadside, and that the section thus obtained corresponded exaatly with the torn copy of the same issue of the ' Evening Poßt' taken from prisoner's house. Chemis's counsel was not in Coutt to-day. He had been unwell previous to th e trial, and the strain had made him too ill to appear. Chemis had to undergo the ordeal of being sentenced to death a second time. About a quarter of an hour after he was formally sentenced, the prisoner was brought back and placed in the dock again. The reason was not quite clear, but so far as could be made out from what His Honor said (he spoke very low and indistinctly), the words •i To the place of execution" were omitted from the formula prescribed on such solemn ' occasions, and sentence was pronounced a t second time in order that there should be no mißunderetaodiog.

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Issue 7960, 16 July 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER. Issue 7960, 16 July 1889

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