37["The Broome Murder", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Thursday 14 December 1905, page 6]



Perth, December 13.

Owing to rumors of a sensational character regarding the murder of Mark Liebglid, a commercial traveller, at Broome, on August 30, it was thought probable that the Executive Council would postpone the execution of the three condemned men till further investigations had been made. The Executive, however, decided this morning that the sentence must be carried out, and the condemned men will be executed at the Fremantle Gaol tomorrow morning.

All three, Charles Hagen, Simeon Espada, and Pablo Marquez, have made statements. Espada states that Pablo is innocent, having been an unsuspecting witness of the crime. Pablo also repeats his previous denial of guilt. By permission of the Minister of Justice, a press representative was permitted to interview Hagen, who was sitting on rugs in his cell in a piteous state. His face had a haggard appearance, and plainly showed traces of the wretched man's mental sufferings. Several times during the recital of his story he broke down. He declared that a number of witnesses should have been called to prove that he was in a gambling den at the time the murder was committed. He left with Ah Bung, a Chinese, and though the latter was brought to Perth he was not called as a witness.

If there were bloodstains on his clothing he might have got them in a Chinese kitchen. Asked if he could explain why Pablo Marquez implicated bim, the prisoner answered "Nothing but spite. It was because I gave evidence against them. I think Pablo imagined I knew more about the murder than I actually did." Hagen stated that when he heard of the murder he was one of the first to endeavor to discover the perpetrator, but Pablo got him into a trap. Had he not called the police a lot of asses for not arresting certain men everything would have been different. Asked why he did not make these statements in the box, Hagen said he was not prepared for the awful verdict.