Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.

THE KAIWARRA MURDER.

WELLINGTON, July 17. In connection with the late murder case the ' Evening Press' to-night states:—" We print beneath two letters which have passed between Mr Jellicoe and the Minister of Justice, which are of Borne public interest. In order to bettor explain the circumstances under which th« correspondence was opened, we may state that on July 2 John Dowd, at the request of Mrs Chemis (his sister), who thought that Mr Bunny was unable through illness to carry on the case satisfactorily, personally applied to Mr Jellicoe to conduct the defence of the prisoner Chemis. Mr Jellicoo declined to take any action unless he received a written request from the prisoner to do so. Thereupon Dowd went to the gaol and explained his object in coming. He was told that no letter could go out of the gaol until MrGarvey had seen it, and that Mr Garvey would be in at one o'clock. He then returned to Mr Jellicoe's office, and by Mr Jellicoe's direction his clerk telephoned up to the gaol to know if Chemis wished to see him, to which message, after about a quarter of an hour, a reply came : ' Yes; Chemis wants to Bee Mr Jellicoe.' Mr Jellicoe being engaged at the Court, sent his clerk and Dowd to the gaol to see Chemis. They saw him, but ho under the advice (as he alleges in his written statement) of Mr Garvey did not write to Mr Jellicoe, and there the matter ended. On the IGth inst,, Mr Jellicoe was again applied to by Chemis to come and see him. He was at first refused admission, but subsequently having obtained an order from Major Gudgeon was ultimately admitted to see Chemis. Chemis then, in the presence of Warder Millington, at once dictated to Mr Jellicoe the statement referred to in the correspondence, of which we give the first paragraph verbatim, and which, it will be seen, goes back to the first employment of counsel by the accused. It is as follows : Mr Gcorgo Fisher cainc tn me at the giol and said " Well, you want ahwyer?" and I suid "Yes." He f ai<l " Who do you want *" I sail " I mentioned Mr Jellicoe to a young Hilian who came last night." He said "No doubt Jellicoe is a good man, but it's the Judpes we must look to." I understand by him (sic) that the Judges did not like him. He Slid "1M see that wo (?ct a good m&n for you." Mr Garvey was pre3ont. Mr Girvey said "Mr Bunny is a ){ood man, and took a good many men out of eaol." Mr Fisher went out and said "I'll sec." Ho mentioned Mr Buckley's name to Mr Garvey, and Mr Garvey said " No." Ho went away. I saw Mr Bunny about two hours afterwards here. He said "Mr Fi-htr has engaged me," aud then I explained my caso to him.

Referring to tho interview that took place between Dowd and himself and Mr Jellicoe's clerk, on the 2nd July, Chemia gives a long statement by which it appears that Mr Garvey came to him and urged him to trust to Mr Bunny, who said he had only a cold and would do him full justice. The following is the correspondence : He Louis Chemis. Wellington. July 16,1889 Sir,— Htferring to my interview vith jou to-day, I ha«e the honor to send you a copy of tho prisoner Chemis's statement to me at the gaol this morning. I am intruded to act on his behalf, and I now apply that you immediately direct an inquiry to be huld into toe matter referred to in the statement. I am prepared with witnesses to substantially corroborate every detail of that statement. On tho 2nd inst, and l.efore this trial, prisoner made practically the same statement to Mr Gascodine, my managing clerk. Mr John Dowd and Mr John Dowd the younger, and Mr J. 11. Pagnl (the young Italian mentioned by Chemis in his statement) will be able to prove that he at Obemls's requoat retained my services for the defence. I applied this morning to" see the prisoner professionally, and this Mr Garvey lefuscd, and my interview took place in the prosenco of two waiders, who verified th<: prisoner's statement. I find upon inquiry that the prisoner ha? a mass of evidence thit ought to be investigated, and as I am anxious to place the whole of that evidence before you, I must esk that you will bo good enoujh to givo directions onabllng me to interview Chemis in privato biforo the trial. I was informed by tho Crown Prosecutor that Mr Garvey, tho gaoler, had given him a statement of his reanons for sajing the prisoner was guilty. I ask that tho propriety of this may also be inquired into; and, ns tho matter is rf the utmost urgency, I beg you will give it your immediate attention.—l have, etc., E. G. Jelmcoe. The Hon, the Minister of Justice.

New Zealand Dep irlment of Justice, Wellington, July 17,1885. Sir,—l am instructed by Mr Fergus to acknowledge the receipt of ycur letter of yesterday's date with referenco to the ca«o of Louis Chemis, and, in reply, to inform you that no reason is seen for any departuro from the praciico as regarda interviews with prisoners under sentence of death. No objootion will, howevor, bo offered to your seeing tho prisoner under proper restrictions, and any statement or evideixo which you mny bo able to forward will receive the most careful consideration of the Government. The allegations which you make regarding the gaoler will be strictly Inquired into.—l hive, etc, F. Walueqbave Piivate Secretary. E G. Jeiliooe, Esq., solicitor, Wellington. The Chemis case is still the sensation of Wellington, and c'alms all attention. The Italians residents in the city are profuse in declarations of Chemis's innocence, and are confident that tho death sentence will be commuted. Upwards of 300 copies of the petition to the Governor have been circulated in the city, and already 4,000 signatures are attichad. Mr N. Fernandez, who initiated the affiiir, states that he has received telegrams from various parts of the colony asking that copies of tho petition be forwarded. A rumor was current in town to-day that Dr Cahill had received a threatening letter to the effect that if Chemis was hanged he would be shot. It has been ascertained that the doctor had received an anonymous letter hinting that he should havo been more merciful to accused. No threat whatever was used. The * Post' to-night says :—" It is stated that one of the jurors in the late murder case was so deaf as to bo unable to hear much of the evidence." A further sensation was caused in town this evening, when it was announced that Mr C. E. Bunny, leading counsel for Chemis, was dead. All through the trial it was known that Mr Bunny was suffering, but his indomitable pluck would not allow him to engage assistanco, and on Saturday, when he addressed the jury, it was freely remarked that it was wonderful how he managed to last it out. Since Saturday Mr Bunny has been confined to bed, and under the care of a couple of medical gentlemen. It was known that he was suffering from a mild form of typhoid fever, but no serious result was expected until late this afternoon, when he took a turn for the worse, and at 5.30 breathed his last.

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/ESD18890718.2.36

Bibliographic details

THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Issue 7962, 18 July 1889

Word Count
1,250

THE KAIWARRA MURDER. Issue 7962, 18 July 1889

  1. New formats

    Papers Past now contains more than just newspapers. Use these links to navigate to other kinds of materials.

  2. Hierarchy

    These links will always show you how deep you are in the collection. Click them to get a broader view of the items you're currently viewing.

  3. Search

    Enter names, places, or other keywords that you're curious about here. We'll look for them in the fulltext of millions of articles.

  4. Search

    Browsed to an interesting page? Click here to search within the item you're currently viewing, or start a new search.

  5. Search facets

    Use these buttons to limit your searches to particular dates, titles, and more.

  6. View selection

    Switch between images of the original document and text transcriptions and outlines you can cut and paste.

  7. Tools

    Print, save, zoom in and more.

  8. Explore

    If you'd rather just browse through documents, click here to find titles and issues from particular dates and geographic regions.

  9. Need more help?

    The "Help" link will show you different tips for each page on the site, so click here often as you explore the site.

Working