THE RUAHINE TRAGEDY
VERDICT OF "WILFUL MURDER." INQUEST CONCLUDED. [Pek United Press Association.] MANGAWEKA, January 6. Evidence at the inquest on the M'Canns was reopened to-day. Detective-sergeant Rawlo, of Wellington, said that he arrested Rottman. The latter said, in -reply to tho charge of murder : " I am guilty; I know I'm done; God punish the man who brought me into this country." Mr Hazelden, S.M., as coroner, brought in a verdict- of "Wilful murder" against Rottman. —ln the- Bolice Court.— Bottman was charged at the Police Court that on December 23 ho did wilfully murder Joseph M'C'ann, Lucy M'OaTiii, and their child, John M'Cumi. Tho accused was not represented by counsel Mr C. C. Hut ton, Crown Prosecutor, conducted the prosecution. Walter Kelly, employed on the lighthouse at Torawhiti, stated that Bottman. arrived the.ro on December 28 on horseback. He asked for work, and vas directed to tho manager of a sheop station. Bottman returned two days later on foot. Ho said ho had sold his horse Next day newspapers arrived. Witness handed Rottmann one, and accused aa.ked ; " Have you read the account of the murder at Ruahine?" Witness replied in tho negative. Rottmann then read the newspaper account aloud. He asked witness tho prospects of getting n, 'boat to go to Pelorus Sound. Witnoss said he> thought it best for .Rottmann. to -get a, Nelson boat at- tho wharf, but accused said ho could not, go to a wharf lined by detectives, who were, arresting all Germans. Witness then loft, stating his intention of getting' tho mail. Rottmann asked him not to toll the polico ho was there. Witness vent away a.nd informed tho police. Evidence on the same linos as that -given at tho inquest yesterday was given by Herbert Sweet, .Constable, Esson. Gustave Kroner, and Albert, Patchett.
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THE RUAHINE TRAGEDY, Evening Star, Issue 15694, 7 January 1915