THE OMAHU MURDER CASE.
WELLINGTON, October 29,
The Otnahn murder case began in the Supreme Court to-day. Mr Cotterill (Napier), for the prosecution, detailed the circumstances of the crime, which were very simple. Watarawi, the prisoner, first shot at Turanga with a bulldog revolver, hitting him in the back below the right shoulder. He then tried to get his horse through a fence when the deceased ran away, finally rode after him through a gap lower down, dismounted, chased Turanga, and fired again, the bullet entering above the left hip. This shot eventually proved fatal. The crime was witnessed by a number of Natives, including two women, who, more courageous than the others, ran up and assisted Turanga in the struggle.^ The first witness of importance examined in the murder case was Dr Menzie, superintendent of the Napier Hospital. After he had given his evidence the Chief Justice suddenly remembered that it had not been interpreted to the prisoner; and, though Mr Dick (prisoner’s counsel) said it did not matter, the Chief Justice said that it must be done. Question and answer were accordingly interpreted, and this process will lengthen out the trial by at least a day.
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