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Mr W. S. Staite, a Bolicitor in Wellington, writing to tho 'Post' in reference to the murder, says:—" During tho progress of the trial I hove had many opportunities of reading the reports, and of hearing many of the witnesses give their evidence; and having had twenty years' practice as a Bolicitor, I think eome weight should be attached to my opinion. I cannot believe in the accused's guilt for the following reasons, among others: —(1) His cool demeanor throughout. (2) The absenco of any really strong evidence against him. (3) The fact that tho evidence points to someone or others being guilty. (4) That the whole facts suggest to rne that the murder was perpetrated by someone else, who laid a deep scheme to cause the accused to be suspected." Mr A. L. Forbes, an ex-detective of Scotland Yard, writes : " As I am only a visitor to Wellington I will give you my remarks unbiassed. I was connected in Great Britain with the detective force, mostly in murder cases, until two years ago. when I retired owing to ill-health, and I am now touring through the colonies for the benefit of my health. ... My humblo opinion is this, that sufficient evidence was not forthcoming to commit any man to the extreme penalty of the law, and that the vigilance of the police was extremely lax ; in fact I believe that had the district been more populated, and no suspicion on the prisoner with regard to threats he is supposed to have made, I believe that the police would nsver have got the caso beyond the lower Court; that the police got tho main evidence—namely, tho pieces of paper—so mixed up that they absolutely could not swear to them, and the remarks of the Crown in regard to the saying thut the deed could not have been committed by other than a foreigner were wrong, as in my experience I have seen a caso more brutal and rovolting committed by an Englishman, educated and refined at that. In concluding, my strong conviction is that the man condemned is not tho right man, as in all my experience I never saw a guilty man, not even a case hardened criminal, stand a long trial and receive the sentence of death with so much coolness and composure as Chemis did."

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Evening Star, Issue 7977, 5 August 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER. Evening Star, Issue 7977, 5 August 1889