OUTRAGES BY BLACKS.
TRIAL OF JACKY UNDERWOOD.
SENTENCED TO DEATH.
The sittings of the Circuit Court were commenced on Tuesday morning before his Honour Mr Justice G B Simpson. Mr C E Weigall was Judge's Associate. Mr G H Taylor acted as Deputy Sheriff. Mr G H Pike tendered his commission as Crown Prosecutor.
[five men excused from jury duty or fined for non-attendance]
Charles Brown, alias Jacky Underwood, was indicted for having on July 20, feloniously murdered one Percy Mawbey.
Mr Colonna Close [barrister], instructed by Mr Fitzhardinge [solicitor], was assigned for the defence.
After some difficulty had been experienced in making the accused understand, he pleaded not guilty.
The accused (through the instrumentality of his solicitor), challenged three jurors.
The following jurors were empanelled: A E Prior, W W Baird, Jas. Gartrell, G Woodley, W H Baker, John Raid, D A Gillis, W Carroll, S A Gillis, D Cameron, C Hill, John Campbell.
The Crown Prosecutor in opening the case pointed out that even if it could not be proved that the prisoner actually struct the fatal blow, or blows, which caused the death of Percy Mawbey, yet if he were present at the murder, and actively participating, he was full responsible at law.
Mr Pike then sketched the history of the case and referred to the arrest of prisoner near Leadville: and to his admissions at the Lower Court: that he committed one murder on the night referred to in the information.
to be continued