Smiles Found Guilty Of Manslaughter – FOOTSCRAY

ON THIS DAY……. 24th May 1935 Found guilty in the Criminal Court of the manslaughter of his wife and child, Clifford Smiles, aged 31 formerly of West Footscray, was remanded for sentence. Smiles had been presented on two charges of murder. One concerning his wife Edna on May 24 and the other concerning his daughter […]

Child Starved to Death – MELBOURNE

ON THIS DAY……. 14th May 1907 At the Criminal Court Elizabeth Perry was charged with manslaughter. The evidence showed that on May 14 a male child about six weeks old died at Mrs. Perry’s house, she having adopted it for a small consideration. The medical evidence proved that the child had died from starvation, and […]

Seven Years Gaol for Manslaughter – WEST MELBOURNE

ON THIS DAY……. 14th May 1948 “You are lucky not to have been found guilty of a more serious charge,” Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy told Leo Vincent Kinsella (35), labourer, when he sentenced him In the Criminal Court to seven years’ hard labour after he bad been found guilty of manslaughter. A Jury found Kinsella […]

Death Sentence For Murder Of Crippled Wife

ON THIS DAY – April 30, 1950 NORTH MELBOURNE Five hours after retirement, a Criminal Court jury found James Raymond O’Keefe, 58, barrister, guilty of the murder of his crippled wife at their home in North Melbourne on this day in 1950. Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy sentenced O’Keefe to death. He said he would pass […]

A Charge of Murder

ON THIS DAY – April 26, 1930 MONTROSE At an inquest into the death of Margaret Jean Alexander, aged 20 years, of Belfast road, Montrose, on April 26, the coroner Mr. D. Grant found that she had died from shock and cardiac paralysis, due to an illegal operation. May McNeal, of Bennett street, Richmond, was […]

Six Years for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1948 BENTLEIGH SIX YEAR FOR MANSLAUGHTER “In my opinion, your crime was particularly bad, and you are Lucky that the charge of which you were found guilty was not one of murder,” said Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy in the Criminal Court to-day when sentencing’ Esbert Robin Ridgeway (24), of […]

15 Year Old Wife Shot Dead

ON THIS DAY – April 19, 1944 NORTH CARLTON HUSBAND GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER The jury in the Criminal Court this evening found Victor Dowling, a 19-year-old soldier, guilty of the manslaughter of his 15-year-old wife, Jean Dowling, who was shot dead at her mother’s home in North Carlton on April 19. Dowling was presented for […]

Motorist Kills Telegraphist

ON THIS DAY – April 19, 1914 MELBOURNE MOTORIST KILLS A TELEGRAPHIST BUT ESCAPES MANSLAUGHTER The trial of Betro Callil, warehouse man, on the charge of manslaughter of Rose Despard, telegraphist, was concluded in the Criminal Court to-day. On April 19, deceased was knocked down and fatally injured by a motor car driven by Callil […]

Finding a Woman’s Body in the Cupboard

ON THIS DAY ……. 8th April 1931 PORT MELBOURNE MAN ON MURDER CHARGE. The mystery of a woman’s body, found in a cupboard at Thomas Garrity’s fish shop, in Bay-street, Port Melbourne, on this day in 1931, was related to the jury and Mr. Justice MaeFarlane, in the Criminal Court, when Garrity was charged with […]

Wife Murder Case

ON THIS DAY – April 7, 1912 CARLTON Jason O’Mahoney was charged at the Criminal Court, with manslaughter of his wife, Catherine, at Carlton, on April 7. It was alleged by the Crown that O’ Mahoney had knocked his wife down and had caused the injuries which resulted in her death. O’Mahoney denied that he […]

Gaoled for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY…… 6th April 1950 BONEGILLA A Yugoslav migrant was sentenced in the Criminal Court to two years’ gaol for having fatally stabbed his wife at Bonegilla Camp, North East Victoria on this day in 1950. The migrant, Milo Radevic, is a former officer in the Yugoslav Royal bodyguard. The jury found him not […]

Charge of Murder Withdrawn for Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – April 5, 1915 CARLTON The charge of murder against Charles Wilson in connection with the death of James Gregory in a disturbance at Carlton on this day in 1915 was withdrawn at the City Court. Detective Bannon, who has been making inquiries into the affray, stated that it was not the […]