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INVERCARGILL CRIMINAL SESSIONS.

The jury in the case against John Willis, charged with arson, camo into Court after four hours' discussion, and the foreman said there was no probability of them agreeing. Mr Justice Williams remarked that it seemed to be the custom in Invercargill for juries to disagree, a custom which did not exist in other parts of the colony. He could not release the jury until they had been locked up twelve hours, but had power to order them something to eat. Under the old system he had not that power, and he had then found that juries generally succeeded in arriving at a verdict, for which purpose, he reminded them, they were put in the box. At 9 p.m., the jury, being still of the same mind, were locked up for the night. From a remark made by the foreman it is surmised that one or two jurymen hold out against a conviction because no one produced saw \V illis set fire to the Btack. INVERCARGILL, August 14. At the Supreme Court, in the case of John Willis, charged with arson, the jury, who were locked up all night, were discharged, being unable to agree. The charge against Joe Suei of criminally assaulting a Chinese girl six years old at Round Hill is now being heard.

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INVERCARGILL CRIMINAL SESSIONS., Issue 7985, 14 August 1889

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INVERCARGILL CRIMINAL SESSIONS. Issue 7985, 14 August 1889

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