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HARGES AGAINST THE POLICE. A SENSATIONAL STATEMENT. [From Our Own Correspondent.] WELLINGTON, August 21. The charge of perjury against Detective Benjamin, in connection with the Kaiwarra murder case, is being investigated to-day before Mr Graham, the newly-appointed Magistrate. Tho Premier, who will be called as a witness to produce documentary evidence, is in attendance. Mr Jollicoc caused a sensation in closing his opening address by stating that lie would call evidence, to show that the wife of a Minister of the Crown had called on Mrs Chemis yesterday, with pencil and paper in hand, to endeavor to ascertain what evidence she intended giving on the present charge. [Per United Press Assoo/at.on.] WELLINGTON, August 21. Mr Jellicoe appeared for the prosecution ; Mr Bell and Mr Skerrett for the defence. The case against Inspector Thomson was first called on, but Mr Jellicoe wished, in the interests of justice, that the case against the detective be taken first. Mr Ball objected, as Mr Thomson’s was first on the list. His Worship said it must be taken first, and, no evidence being offered, the charge was dismissed. Mr Jellicoe said he should lay a fresh information, Benjamin’s case was then taken. Mr Jellicoe opened with a lengthy address, and said that he would call Chemis and his wife to prove that Benjamin’s statements in Court that he saw no quail, powder-flask, caps, or wad-cutter, and that ho took fragments of paper from a drawer in Chemis’s House, were false. He would also prove by these two witnesses, and by the corroborative evidence of other people, that quail were actually on the premises at the time of the search by the police, and were inspected by Benjamin himself, and that in a drawer were a powder flask and caps, wad-cutter, and wads. He would further prove the purchase of a wadcutter on April 13, and that the flask had been seen in the house and must have been there at the time. He (counsel) went on to assert that no later than yesterday the wife of a Minister went to Mrs Cbemis’s housepencil and note-book in hand—and interrogated her as to what evidence she was going to give, He demanded to know what was at the bottom of such conduct. This statement led to a little sparring between counsel and the magistrate, the latter saying that ho thought the learned gentleman had better be allowed to ran down. Mr Jellicoe thereupon finished his address, having pointed out the important bearing on the result of the trial that Benjamin’s statements had. He also mentioned that the Premier and Chief Justice would be called as witnesses. Mr Bell admitted tho latter’s notes in order to obviate the necessity of calling His Honor. Formal evidence was then called. The proceedings are being interrupted occasionally by skirmishes between counsel. The Premier was called, and stated that lie had received the drawer produced, containing amongst other things a tin with powder in it and a box of gun cape. He had also received from Mr Jellicoe a box of wads, a wad-cutter, and a bandbox with a piece cut from it. The wads fitted the gun very well. Tho Hon, Mr Richardson assisted to try the gun wads, which must have been cut from the bandbox. George Denton, ironmonger, proved the sale to Mr Jellicoe of a wad cutter of peculiar size, which was similar to the one produced in Court, and was by the same maker.

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Evening Star, Issue 7991, 21 August 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER. Evening Star, Issue 7991, 21 August 1889