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This is what happened. Below is the letter from the acting superintendent of police after William Hook was interviewed in New South Wales.
The Colonial Secretary
Police Office Sydney
17th February 1827
In returning you the examination of William Hook a New Zealander taken by Edward Lockyer Esq JP at King Georges Sound on the 12th January last, in the case of the alleged Murder of a Native black man at Green Island, I beg leave to acquaint you that the white man calling himself Samuel Bailey, this day forwarded to me with Letter, cannot be identified as the man who committed the Murder; in fact William Hook positively says that Bailey is not the man, and that he was not in the boat at the time the murder was committed.
Under the circumstances I beg leave to return the examinations, and pending your further discretion shall detain Bailey in custody.
I have the honour to be
Your obedient Servent
F A Hely JP
Acting Supdt of Police
(note on reverse) If nothing further transpires he must necessarily be discharged.
F A Healy 17 Feby 1827.