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Confession of Murder.

At Clerkenwell Police Court lately Robert Purvis Stewart, who appeared in the uniform of a private of the Scots Guards, was placed in the dock, charged on his own confession with tho murder of a man named Donald Muir, at Otago, New Zealand. The prisoner was stated by a sergeant of his regiment to have been in the Guards about six years. His conduct in the army was not altogether satisfactory. In 18S6 he had deserted, but rejoined in 1887, claiming the Queen's pardon, granted in commemoration of the Jubilee. Oa Thursday last he was absent from the barracks without leave. Inspector Young, of the Y Division, deposed that at about halfpast seven that morning the prisonor presented himself at the police station, Caledonian road, and said that he wished to give himself up for killing a man in New Zealand in tho month of May twelve years ago. Tho prisoner, who then gave his nanio a 9 Robert Anderson, appeared sober, f.ud witness, having cautioned him that hi 3 statement would be used against him, took down in writing what tli9 prisoner sail. The statement was read, and set forth that "about" twelve years ago he (prisoner) was working with Muir foiling timber in the Otepopo bush (Otago), and that they quarrelled. lie (prisoner) threw a piece of timber, about 4ft long, at the man, and felled him to the ground. Muir, he said, was injured iu the head, and never regained his senses after, but died in about five minutes. At first he (prisoner) thought of informing the authorities, but having dragged the body into the bush he left it, and returned the next_ day to dig a hole further in the bush, and in the hole he buried the man. They had shared a tent together, and after disposing of the body he (prisoner) " struck " the tent and travelled to Oamaru. A week later he left for Tasmania, and when he returned to Scotland enlisted. The prisonor, who signed the statement " Robert Anderson," added that it was true, and he could not rest with tho secret on his mind. The sergeant said that ho believed the prisoner had become an opium eater. Mr Bros said the confession would be inquired into, and the prisoner was remanded.

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Confession of Murder., Issue 8036, 12 October 1889

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Confession of Murder. Issue 8036, 12 October 1889

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