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 […]

Man Acquitted on Murder Charge – DHURRINGILE

ON THIS DAY……. 24th May 1941 A Jury in the Bendigo Supreme Court found Antonio Guida (47), market gardener, of Dhurringile, near Tatura, not guilty of a charge of having murdered Angelo Carrafa (45), market gardener, on May 24. Guida was also found not guilty of manslaughter. Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy discharged him Guida, in […]

Acted in fear – THORNTON

ON THIS DAY……22nd May 1947 The coroner found that Howard James Richard, 25, a timber worker of Thornton 75 miles north-east of Melbourne, had shot and killed a workmate on this day in 1947. However, the coroner found that Richard had not committed murder or manslaughter because he acted in fear of serious bodily injury. […]

Murder to manslaughter – PRESTON

ON THIS DAY……22nd May 1926 Arthur Kerchival who was charge with having murdered Mrs Margaret Edgell, at Preston, on this day in 1926, was withdrawn in the City Court. Sergeant Seales said that Kerchival had been committed for trial on a charge of manslaughter by the city coroner Mr. Berriman.  

Reasons for executions in the state of Victoria……

By 1800s in Victoria there were 160 crimes that were punishable by death, here is a list of some crimes. Accessory to homosexuality Adultery Armed robbery Arson Arson in royal dockyards Assisting the enemy Attempted suicide Being illegally at large Being in the company of Gypsies for one month Blacking the face whilst committing a […]

Verdict of Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – May 18, 1912 DEVONDALE A FOREST TRAGEDY At the Ballarat Supreme Court John Friedman, aged 20, was charged with the murder of Charles Nunn on May 18 at Devondale, near Beech Forest. According to the Crown case, the men were employed by a settler named Bowker. On May 18, after Bowker […]

A Melbourne Tragedy

ON THIS DAY – May 18, 1918 –┬áMELBOURNE The Coroner returned a finding at the morgue that John Herman Michelson died at the Melbourne Hospital on May 20 from injuries inflicted on May 18 by some person unknown, and that the death was due to manslaughter. Albert Edward Anderson, caretaker of the Wharf Labourers’ Union, […]

Acted Like A Tiger

ON THIS DAY – May 16, 1915 NORTH MELBOURNE MELBOURNE MANSLAUGHTER CASE Charged with the manslaughter of Denis McSweeney at North Melbourne on May 16, Francis McGough, at the close of the Crown case in the Criminal Court to-day, withdrew his plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty. The accused assaulted McSweeney without warning. The […]

Doctor sent to gaol

On This Day ……. 16th May 1860 One of the larger than life characters of the early gold rush in North East Victoria was locked up in the Beechworth Gaol on this day in 1860. Doctor Radley had been practising in Chiltern, where there was some doubt about him being qualified doctor. Popular opinion was […]

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 […]

Guilty Verdict

ON THIS DAY – May 12, 1951 COLLINGWOOD In his second trial for the manslaughter of a 14-month old boy at Collingwood on May 12, Robert Warren, 21, of Collingwood, laborer, was found guilty and remanded for sentence. The Crown case was that Warren was drunk and carrying the baby beneath his arm when he […]