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A CURIOUS OVERSIGHT.

In the Wellington murder case one of the strongest pieces of evidence againet the prisoner is thot a part of newspaper taken from the gunshot wound in the deceased’s body fitted a torn ‘ Evening Post’ found in the prisoner’s house. This was looked upon when first made known as almost conclusive evidence of the accused’s guilt. Even this is tho light in which the Crown Prosecutor regarded it in his summing up on Saturday. It is no doubt au ugly fact, and one that should have weight attached to it in deciding upon the guilt or inuocence of a prisoner, but it is not nearly so conclusive as is supposed. It by no means follows that because the position of tho paper found in the wound filled up a tear mode in a copy of the ‘ Post ’ that tho former was torn from the latter. Had two or any greater number of ‘ Posts ’ been placed evenly on each other, and a piece torn out of the whole of them, any of those pieces would have fitted the gap made in any copy of the papers operated on. It will thus be seen that this fact, which had been so much relied upon, is not of great value after all. It is rather surprising that it has not been noticed, or if it has that the reports are silent on the point.—' Christchurch Telegroph.’

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A CURIOUS OVERSIGHT., Evening Star, Issue 7961, 17 July 1889

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A CURIOUS OVERSIGHT. Evening Star, Issue 7961, 17 July 1889

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