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THE MAHIA MURDER., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XVI, Issue 5462, 30 April 1889
THE MAHIA MURDER.
THE FULL EVIDENCE OP THE INQUIRY. [FROM OUB OW.V COKRESFONnsiVT,] Waiboa, last night. On Sunday, April 21st, Constable Shaw proceeded out to Mukaore's settlement ;u Table Cape and arrested him. Const. Shaw formally charged him with the murder of Crollau and setting fire to the out-station. The inquest was held on Monday morning ac Mr Ormond's homestead before Mr Large, J.P., Acting. Coroner, and the followiug ' jury : — Geo. Walker, J. H. Brown, Wm. Gleiiny, B. Bendall, Jaa. Quinton, J. J. Goodall (foreman), and J. H, Brown. The jury were charged, and the whole party then proceeded to the scene of the fire, about six miles distant, to view the body. On return, D. A. Wilkinson gave evidence as to tin state of the remains. The principal bones with a little flesh were only remaining. After this, on the application of Detectiv. Grace, the inquest was adjourned till Thursday morning, 25th April, in order to give the police time to collect evidence and work up the case. The prisoner .VJakaore wasremanded into the custody of the police. During the two days' interval .Detective Grace and Constable Shaw devoted themselves assiduously to getting witnesses together, obtaining information, and working up the case. On Thursday morning the adjourned inquest opened. All were present, Detective Grace conducting the prosecution, and the prisoner Makaore himself crossexamined witnesses. Arone to Rangitere, who lived at Pongaroa,. three miles from Tauraata, deposed to Makaore comiug to his settlement not long after the fire at Taumafea. Next morning he with several others had gone to Taumatu, and found the house burnt down. Gollan's dog's were about, one known as Darkey was sitting on a sheet of iron howling over the remains of a human being lying in the ashes at the back of the chimney. Witness sent word to Mr Ormond. George Canning Ormond deposed to having last seen Gollan alive at .Wangawehi sheep dip a few hours before the fire, when C4olluu left him to go home to Taumata. Deceased was in good health and spirits at the time. He had a good disposition generally, Witness then related v visit to Taumata the following day, and finding the body. He had found a white handled pocket knife and silver riug alongside the remains, which were exactly similar to those seen on Gollan. From these and other circumstances he had no doubt the remains were those of Robert Gollan. Only after seeing the trail of blood witness had a suspicion of foul play. Wm. John McLennan, station hand, was intimate with Gollan. A native lad, Reihana, 16 years old, a connection and associate of v - akaore's, deposed that on the evening of the fire he had accompanied Makaore from their settlement to Table Cape. Both were on horseback. Makaore carried a double-barrelled gun. They reached the paddock gate, some 250 yards from Gollan's house, about 7 p.m., when Makaore leaving Reihana to hold his horse proceeded on foot with a gun to doceased's house. Some time after the lad hoard a shot fired, and distinguished the voice of deceased crying out in pain " Jesus" "Jesus." Immediately after two shots were fired. Makaore rejoined Reihana. He said he. (Makaore) had killed Gollan because he had accused Reihana and Makaore of killing Mr Ormond's sheep, and that they would both be summoned and get seven years in gaol if Gollan were not killed. Makoare further told Reihana that he must not speak to anyone about the murder. As they were riding away, the latter noticed Gollan's house on fire, but was too frightened to ask Makaore any questions about the matter. They then proceeded to the settlement at Pongaroa, about three miles away, where they slept, Makaore on the way telling Reihana to say nothing about the matter. Upon passing a deserted whare Makoare got down from his horse and hid the gun in some feru, and then rode off in the direction of Pongaroa. Before reaching- the settlement I he took off his boobi (canvas .hliops) and made the youth als:> take off his. Those latter Makoare put on his feet, and Rtihuua had to go barefoot. The youth saw uliero. the canvas shoes were planted, and getting up early in the morning he took them and rode off to his own pa. When Makoare arrived at the pa he saw the canvas shoes in Reihanu's possession and took them away again. After the first shot was fired, and' a voice cryini? out " Jesue, Jesus " he recognised the voice as Bob's, as witness was living and shepherding with deceased two years. He knew de-
ceased's voice well aud heard deceased crying out after this, but could not distinguish kvhat he said. Paratenrt Rakaoira, elder brother of tho last witness, deposed to prisoner and Reii ma luuviiig the settlement on tho uigur, of tin* ri.-e and seeing the reflection in the direeiou of r.uunitti about an hour and a half fti'i- they left. They did not return to !'-kiiiika that night. Prisoner had Rei■viiu's hoots on his fuet when lie returned to •k uiiku ttia following day. Prisoner told viriiess an-l hw wife that if .iiiyone enquired A'herc pmouerand Reihana were on the night >t the lire they were to say they wereatTai•ortu when the fire occurred. Prisoner told vitness to conceal all he knew about tho j nisoner's doings on the night of the fire ■Vitnegft atso knew there was ill-feeling between deceased and prisoner. ilori Te Ihi deposed that when he saw the prisoner in custody on the verandah at Mr Ormond's house, prisoner told him to tell Reihana to conceal all he know about the prisoner's movements on the night <;." : "^ fire. Previous to this when Makaore wat, .. . sted at Te Kahika ho asked wituess if Reihaua had confessed, about their having gone to Tau•Uitu on the night of the tire. Afterwards prisoner told wituess that if the hitter could tuduee Reiliana to hold his tongue prisoner would give witness great payment. The above took place when prisoner was left temporarily in Ornund's charge, while constable Shaw was collecting various articles and obtaining evidence. Witness also deposed that, soin time before when they were at vVairoa together, Makaore told' him in the jresence of several others that be was going o take Mihi away from Bob (deceased) and kill the latter. - Mihi Tnkotora deposed that she had lived •vith deceased at Taumata. Last saw him .dive on uontlay, 15th April, the day she went to Poverty Bay. Prisoner had repeatedly endeavored to get her to leave leoeased and go to him. She had received diree letters from prisoner to that efleot (third letter produced.) On one occasion prisoner had told her that if she would not lave him he would kill Bob (deceased.) She identified the ring and knife .produced d having belonged to deceased ; also uorrobrated what the previous witness had stated ato .what prisoner had said at airoa in tueir presence. Henry Rigby deposed that some time in February last, when he was riding in company with the prisoner, the latter offered nim £10 it he_would take Mihi away from leceased, and get her as wife for him.. Constable Shaw deposed to thu steps he had taken in collecting information and iv arresting prisoner. He put in a rough sketch plan of out-statiou and premises^ showing vvhere the trail of blooci and the remains were fouud ; also measurements and distances. He also produced prisoner's double •mrrellcd gun, boots, shoes, and clothes, the atter with what looked like blood marks on them, belonging to or worn by the prisoner. The distance from the gut© where Reihana i-emained to hold the horses to deceased's uouse was 276 yards. Wituess related how he had proceeded with Rtihana to different places where the gun, boots, etc., were said to have been hidden, and detailed various corroborative circumstances supporting Reihana's account of the affair. After witness had arrested prisoner ou a tiliarge of murdering Roliert Gollan and setting fire to his house at Taumatu, lie duly cautioned htm. The prisoner told witness diat he had had no firearms with him that .light, that he tiad seen the fire from Pongai'oa, but had not gone to it, us his child was iying. He accounted for the s;uu being .iiddiargud by saying he fired it off the night liter the Hrc, when his child died ; that the .spots of blood on hi- clothes were caused by killing und working amongst the sheep. He acknowledged to witness that Reihuna had accompanied him from Te Kahika to Pongaroa on the night of the tire. This concluded the evidence for the prosecution. The ucting-eoroner read over and translated at length the usual cautiou prescribed by law to be addressed to a person charged with an indictable offence. Prisoner in reply said that he would reserve his defence, and sigueel a written statement in English and Maori to that effect. The jury at about 6 p.m., after ten minutes deliberation, brought in an unanimous veratot of wilful murder and arson against the accused Mukaore, finding that he did on j'hnrsday the 18tii April at Taumata, Table L.ipe, kill and murder one Robert Gollan, also did tiieti and there set tire to the dwelling of the said Robert Gollan The prisoner was duly committed to stund his trial at the next sittings of the Supremo Court to be ln:ld at Napier on the 27 th August next. Other evidence brought against the accused is that ou the day before the murder he was seen running shot down over a tire, and from the lead thus obtained to cast three bullets. More than six weeks prior to the murder he was heard by several Maoris to threaten to shoot Gollan us a means of getting ihi, the Maori woman, from him, and JVlukoare also said he would shoot . ihi if she did not consent to live with him. " ben Reihana left on the night of the fire with accused, the latter after Jeaving the confines of the.p.ih, rode off iv thu direction of some rushes, and got a double-barrelled gun planted there. He then told the youth he would go and shoot some pigs, and rode along in the direction of Gollan'a house. When arrested blood stains were found on his coat and trousers, arid he accounted for them by saying he killed a sheep at Pongaroa. A sheep was killed there that night, but by two other natives, and at the time it was killed Makoare was in another part of the settlement, supervising the construction of a coffin for his child, whose sickness has been before referred to, and who by this time had died. After his arrest Makoare asked a Maori named - ori if he knew whether Reihana had told the police about Gollan's death. It should be stated that the Maoris of tho settlement at Table Cape show the utmost detestation of the crime. In fact it was owing to them noticing stains and clots of blood near the house, and telling the police, that the murder was first suspected. Judging by these signs, Gollan was shot while standing seventeen feet from tbe house, und was afterwards dragged, while bleeding copiously, into the house. Several witnesses have sworn that to their knowledge a knife and silver ring, found among the charred remains, were the property of Gollan, and one witness saw him wearing the ring at 2 o'clock ori : the flay of the murder. Makoare speaks English well, and is said to have hurl a half legal training. Eighteen years ago he was a digger on the Thames goldfield, and subsequently he was employed as barman at the old Shamrock Hotel, Gisborne. The Mahia people are very much annoyed at the affair having happened in their district. Makaore, who belongs to the Rarawa tribe, near Hokianga, bears a bad character, and was vepy much feared and disliked by the Mahia natives. Robert Gollan was a nephew of the late Mr Donald Gollan, Hawke's Bay, and was very much liked. His remains were brought to Mahia aud buried. The Europeans of the district are going to raise a- houdstoue over the grave. Makaore was taken down to Napier in the s.s. Weka last Friday night in charge of Detective Grace to be lodged in Napier gaol.
THE MAHIA MURDER., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XVI, Issue 5462, 30 April 1889
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