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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Issue 7992, 22 August 1889
THE KAIWARRA MURDER.
WELLINGTON, August 21. The following evidence was given after wc went to press yesterday : William Denton, eon of the ironmonger who had previously given evidence, said he Bold a wad cutter on April 13, but could not identify the one produced, nor did he know who bought it. Robert Dyfell, blacksmith, of Raiwarra, said he bought the wad cutter on April 13 at Denton's, Chemis having the previous day requested witness to get it while purchasing one for himself. He handed it to Chemis on April 15. Cross-examined : On the Wednesday and Thursday mornings before the murder Chemis told him he had shot two quail each morning from his back door. Mr Bell drew his attention to a discrepancy in his sworn affidavit when he said Chemis had asked him on April 13 to get the wad cutter, whereas it appeared that the conversation really took place the previous day. Witness said he had not noticed the mistake in dates when swearing to the affidavit. He had never said anything to the police or Mr Bell about the wad cutter, but could not say why Mr Bunny had not subpoenaed him to give evidence in the Supreme Court. Anne Chemis, wife of the convict Chemis, detailed the visit of the police to her house the day after the murder, when Benjamin brought out a handkerchief full of articles from the bedroom and gave it to Thomson. There were no pieces of newspaper. She oould see all the contents of the bundle, and was sure of it. The gun was in the bedroom, and was there also the previous day (Friday). Her husband never used the gun on Friday, the day of the murder. On the morning of that day witness was at the drawer from which the revolver, etc., were taken by the detectives. It then contained powder and shot flasks, caps, a box of wads, a wad cutter, a cocoa tin in which money was kept, a tin of ground powder (blasting powder ground up), a box of dynamite caps, some fuses and some stuff witness took to be dynamite. There was L7orL Bin the cocoa tin. After the detectives had finished the search witness went into the bedroom and saw the drawer was open. Her husband came in and placed the revolver in it. She saw what was in the drawer, and noticed the powder flask; a box of caps, a wad cutter, a box of wads, and a powder tin were still there. The articles were then shown to Mrs Chemis, and she swore to them separately. Her husband got the wad cutter about Easter, and Bhe had seen him cut wads from a piece of a bandbox which was kept on a shelf, The remains of the box were still on tho shelf when the police aearchod the house. On the day her husband was arrested she used the drawer again, and noticed that the articlei already mentioned in detail were still there. When Benjamin came for the revolver he got it from the drawer. He turned the latter over on to the bed, and put the flask, caps, wad cutter, etc., back himself. When the police first visited the house, there was a tin containing four quail on the shelf in the kitchen. Benjamin open ed it and looked in, but took nothing out, and made no remark. The quail were shot ou the Wednesday and Thursday before. They wero cooked on Sunday. On the day after the police came she showed the quail to a man named Greaves, who came in on Sunday. Her brother (Dowd) had some of the quail for tea. On one occasion Benjamin took a bandbox down from the shelf, and took out some lollies in it, which he gave to one of the children.
By Mr Bell: She was prepared to swear there was L 7 or L 8 in the tin in the drawer when the police searched it. Did not know the police were searching for a pocket book supposed to contain seven LI notes. She first heard of Hawkins's accident from her husband on Saturday morning after he returned from serving milk. He said a man had told him Hawkins had had an accident, but she could not remember whether he said he was dead or not. Her husband returned from work at 4 p.m. on the Saturday after the murder. Witness had no conversation with him at that hour ; had no conversation with anyone that day till the police came in the evening. From further questioning, however, it appeared witness had heard Hawkins was dead from her husband when he came home to dinner at noon. He said he had heard it down at Kaiwarra. When the police firs entered the house and Chemis told her they had come to search it witness made no remark, but when they began to search her husband's clothes she asked what was it all for, Nobody answered. Witness was repeatedly asked whether she was not surprised as the various firearms and the stiletto were brought out and examined, but said no. Afterwards she said she was wondering in her own mind, but was not so surprised as to speak, She thought it was not her business. Her husband had had the stiletto about eight years. She told Campbell and the others so on June 5 in her bedroom. She told them he had got it from an Italian who went Home about eight years ago. Witness was shown the bandbox, and asked whether the missing piece, from which she said Chemis cut wads, had not been cut out since his conviction. She swore positively it was cut out when the police saw it both on June 1 and Junj 5. It was in the same state then as now.
At this stage the cross-examination was postponed till next day.
THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Issue 7992, 22 August 1889
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