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THE KAIWARRA MURDER.

TO THE EDITOB. Sin, —The Premier is to be complimented for watching the evidence and taking such an interest in the case. Perhaps he will see his way to introducing a Bill to provide for paying witnesses’ expenses for the defence in all criminal cases. The privilege need not be abused, as the Judge could certify what was relevant and irrelevant evidence. The community is desirous our courts should elicit truth and faots. A further amendment in the law of evidence is also requisite, whereby an accused may give sworn evidence in his or her own behalf. It has always been an axiom of the writer’s to say generally (of course there must be exceptions) the more the public know of the woiking of their gaols and police the better and more efficient will these departments be. With Chemis’s guilt or innocence 1 havo nothing to say ; those responsible must bear it. One thing, however, tho pluck and pertinacity of Mr Jelllcoearetobe commended. Not one in a thousand would undertake the task, The police, I regret to say, in some instances suspect persons of crime, and then endeavor to ret facta and circumstances built up irrespective of consequences ; in fact, there is often too much of the end justifying the means. Superior police officers, too, should be made to accept more responsibility. Too much is left to the subordinate. One officer may bo better qualified to get a certain kind of evidence than another, yet not have the ability to use it. Suppressing facta is, alas ! too frequent in many instances. Crime can always be detected by the officer starting for truth. Again, too much romance is attributable to tho police; whereas the public should educate themselves to be their own police in many instances. They always furnish the infosmatlon. I am pleased to notice its ranks are being recruited from young New Zealanders and the system of examination introduced; too much in the past appointments was left to political influence, more so with superior officers. The Commissioner’s remarks in his annual report anent the detective or plain-clothes police were to the point. Wo wish to look up to all of them with respect and confidence, and not with feelings of irritation and distrust, as tho citizens of Romo did when Garibaldi’s troops entered that city,—l am, etc,, Ex-Police Omcsn. Dunedin, August 24.

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER., Issue 7995, 26 August 1889

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THE KAIWARRA MURDER. Issue 7995, 26 August 1889

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