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KAIWARKA MURDER.

[From Our Own Correspondent.] WELLINGTON. Acgust 22. j Mrs Richardson, wife of the Minister of Lands, who is the lady referred to by Mr Jellicoe yesterday in opening the perjury case against Detective Benjamin, has been summoned to give evidence. It seems that Mrs Richardson had taken great interest in the Kaiwarra murder case, and was the first to break to Mrs Chemis the news of her husband's reprieve. I learn that she has been particularly kind to Mrs Chemis, and offered to raise a subscription on her behalf. [Per United Press Association.] At the Police Court this morning the crossexamination of Mrs Chemis was resumed. Witness said there were nine bullets put in an envelope by Inspector Thomson; she counted them many a time. Mr Bell endeavored to ascertain how many times without success, arjd his endeavors led to a lively skirmish with Mr Jelliooe, who objected to the way that the witness was being treated, and what he called the "ghastly smiles" with which Mr Bell glared on Mrs Chemis. Witness resumed: On the morning of June 1 she went to the drawer to place the money in it which her husband had received for milk. Mr Bell here wanted to know if she had the milk book with her, and she said it was at home. Mr Bell asked to have it produced, but Mr Jellicoe objected to any "socalled officer of justice" visiting Mrs Chemis's house unless he or some member of the family were present. Mr Bell said that this was makiog a Court of Justice a machine for slander. Mr Jellicoe said it would come out presently that articles had been tampered with while in the possession of the police. Eventually he agreed to let his own clerk go for the book. Witness said that her husband never had more than one stiletto. She must have known if be had. When Detective Benjamin looked into the tin containing the quail neither she nor her husband drew bis attention to the quail. She saw her husband shoot quail from the back door two on the Wednesday and two on the Thursday morning. Each time he killed the two with one barrel, aad did not fire the second. Mr Bell spent some time in trying to extract from the witness how long she took to cook the quail, but without success. He then appealed to the Resident Magistrate to get an answer to his question," but Mr Graham also failed. Mr Bell then accused the witness of evading his questions, and got the same answer which he had already had a dozen times, namely: "That it took her from about the time that the man Greaves entered the house till dinner time." Witness continued: Both she and her husband were on friendly terms with Mrs Hawkins. Hr husband never had a row with Hawkins. She had had reason to complain of the conduct of Hawkins's children, and wrote a letter to him some time after Christmas complaining of their beating her own children, but it was not an offensive letter. [lt was produced and read. It accused the children of learning their father's habits, and threatened to take them to Court for interfering with witness's children ] She did not consider this offensive. Oa the evening of Friday, May 31 (the day of the murder), it was her husband who turned out the cows into a paddook. Before doing so he pulled some mangels out of the garden and cut up a' caskful. He also fetched in his horse before he came in to tea, put it in the stable, oleaned and fed it, It would then be about six o'clook, as near as she could remember, when her husband came home.' She asked him what time it was, and he said after five. Mr Bell asked what time it took to go from the house to the foot of the road. Witness could not say, and persisted that she could not tell, In answer to further questions, she said that it was Mr Jellicoe who first advised her to lay this information when he saw all the things in the drawer. That was two days after the conviction. On June 5, when the police came to arrest her husband, Detective Benjamin asked her to come into the bedroom and see what was done, but in spite of that his evidence as to the articles in the drawer was false. Mrs Jellicoe deposed that the bandbox produced was not in the same oondition as when first brought to her husband's house. A piece had been cut off the top, whioh

formerly was straight. Cross-examined t bhe: said she had not heard her husband say that he would have every policeman and defective out cf Wellington Mr K. S. Hasikfr, editor of the 'Press,' corroborated the evidence as to the condition of the box. He said he had written a number of articles on the subject of Chemis's case, a„d had had frequent communications with Mr J elhcoe, but not«ith the prosecution. I he information on which the articles were written was drawn from public sources and what Mr Jdliuoe had told him. Mr Jellicoe had expressed the opinio,, to witness, before this information wae hid, that Detective Benjamin s evidence with legard to the wadcutters, wads, and caps, was false, but he raid nothing about Inspector Thompson and Detective Campbell.

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KAIWARKA MURDER., Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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KAIWARKA MURDER. Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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