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[From Oof. Own Correspondent.]

WELLINGTON, August 5, His Excellency having consented to heai Mr Jollicoc, counsel for Chemis, the learnec gentleman proceeded to Government Housi and addressed the Governor at considerable length. Mr Jellicoe reviewed the evidence given at tho trial, and directed attentior to the facts filed since the sentence was pronounced, and which he submitted bear cal the condemned man’s assertion that he was innocent of Hawkins’s murder. The Premiei subsequently had a long interview with Lord Onslow, and I hear on excellent authority that a critical examination of the whole ease tends to considerably weaken the theory sot up by the Crown at the trial. I have not the least hesitation in standing by my previously expressed conviction sentence cf death will not be carried into effect. The prisoner will either have his sentence commuted to imprisonment for life or the prerogative of mercy will be extended to him. Mr Jellicoe is sanguine that the latter course will be pursued. Ihe decision of the Executive will be announced in a day or two. Tho case is now in the. hands of His Excellency, who has taken tho individual opinions of members of the Cabinet on the matter, and will probably give his decision to-day. The case is said to have many points in common with that of Frotsou, whose sentence of death at Dunedin was commuted to life, and who was released after serving twenty years. THE SENTENCE COMMUTED. WELLINGTON, August G. _ As I anticipated, the Executive Council have commuted Chomia’s sentence to penal servitude for life.

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Issue 7978, 6 August 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER. Issue 7978, 6 August 1889

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