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WELLINGTON, October 28.

The criminal sitting was resumed this morning before Chief Justice Prendergast, when the three charges presented against Wiremu Broughton and Arini Donnelly of forcible entry, and against Waata for murder, arising out of the Broughton-Donnelly troubles, which occurred at Napier a short time ago, were begun. In his charge to the grand jury His Honor recapitulated the circumstances connected with the row, and pointed out that where a person is in possession of property or land any attempt to forcibly oust him is punishable at law. If a person had a claim to the property he must assert his rigiits peaceably, or in a court of law. Referring to the murder case, His Honor said that there might have been provocation—great provocation in the eyes of Maoris—but not such in law to reduce the crime from one of wilful murder to manslaughter. However, if the jury thought from the evidence before them the death of the victim was the result of accident, then they were quite within their province to return a bill for manslaughter instead of murder. The Grand Jury found a true bill for murder against Waata, There was some misunderstanding as to the date of the hearing of these Napier cases, and the consequence was that the common jury were discharged till to-morrow. At 1.30 p.m. the Grand Jury returned with a true bill against Mrs Donnelly and others for forcible entry on land, ignoring the count charging her with entering the building. They found no bill in Broughton’s case,

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THE BROUGHTON-DONNELLY VENDETTA., Issue 8049, 28 October 1889

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THE BROUGHTON-DONNELLY VENDETTA. Issue 8049, 28 October 1889

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