Murder Not Manslaughter

On This Day – August 10, 1952 Robert Kevin Vernon, 27, builders’ labourer, of South Melbourne, was found guilty to-day of manslaughter, but not guilty of murder. He was charged with having murdered Keith Charles Marshall, 25, an outstanding amateur footballer, in a South Melbourne street on August 10.  Vernon, who admitted 14 convictions, was remanded for sentence to allow his counsel to prepare […]

Manslaughter Finding

On This Day – August 7, 1946 A man who is alleged to have driven a car through a tram safety zone in Fitzroy st, St Kilda, on August 7, knocking down four persons and killing an army officer, was yesterday committed for trial by Mr Marwick, coroner, who recorded a finding of manslaughter. He […]

Abbotsford Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY …….3rd August 1918 William Henry Mogdridge,18 years of age, who was found guilty of the manslaughter of Eugene Charles Vernon, 54 years of age at Abbotsford, on August 3, came before Mr. Justice Cussen, in the Criminal Court, for sentence yesterday. The jury made a strong recommendation for mercy. Mr. Justice Cussen […]


ON THIS DAY – July 12, 1909 At the Warrnambool Supreme Court, Albert Hay and Martha Dorothy Caroline Cox were charged with the wilful murder of Edward Boothby Cox, the husband of the female prisoner, at Horsham, on July 12. The charges were heard separately. The evidence was similar to that given at the inquest. […]

Labourer Acquitted of Murder

ON THIS YEAR – July 5, 1974 A young labourer who shot and killed a judo instructor at North Altona on July 5 last year was acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter by a Criminal Court jury today. Mr Justice Crockett sentenced the labourer, Mr David Robert Elbourne, 24, of Morwell, to nine […]

MELBOURNE – Manslaughter Charge

ON THIS DAY – June 26, 1926 Inquiries made by detectives into the death or Mr John Vale, the secretary of the Independent Order of Rechabites, who was knocked down by a motorcar on June 26 led to the appearance of Edward Murray, aged 34 years, at the City Court. He was charged with the […]

Bendigo Shooting Case

ON THIS DAY – June 25, 1918 CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER. The adjourned inquest concerning the death of Christian Andrea, who died on June 25 from the effects of a revolver wound received in McKenzie street on June 22, was concluded on Monday by the coroner, Mr. D. Berriman, P.M., who committed a youth named Clyde […]

Manslaughter Acquittal

ON THIS DAY – June 23, 1934 Judge Moule, in General Sessions yesterday, directed the acquittal of Horatio Wainwright, truck-driver, of Fell crescent, East Malvern, who was charged with the manslaughter of Edward Francis Tierney, aged 30 years, telephone linesman, of Deakin street, Hampton. Wainwright was discharged. Tierney and David Mollison, another postal employee, were […]

Drunken Brawls to Manslaughter

ON THIS DAY – June 22, 1892 BENDIGO The position in which a man named David Storey found himself recently at Bendigo should be a warning to all men who, with hasty temperaments and temporary under the influence of liquor, give vent to passion and action. Storey was in company with a Constable named Brown, […]


ON THIS DAY – June 17, 1929 Charged with the manslaughter of John Brown, a labourer of Footscray, at Benalla on June 17 Ernest Walker of Footscray, a labourer, aged 34 years appeared before Mr Justice Wasley in the Criminal Court. Mr Book, Crown prosecutor, appeared for the Crown, and Walker was defended by Mr […]

Dead Baby in Suitcase

ON THIS DAY – June 14, 1920 FEMALE INFANT – CLIFTON HILL The City Coroner (Dr. R. H. Cole, P.M.), after having inquired at the Morgue yesterday into the death of a newly born female child, who was found in a suit case in the Merri Creek, Clifton Hill, on June 14, committed Annie Gallagher, […]

Motor Car Death of John Williams

ON THIS DAY – June 13, 1925 CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER. The inquest into the death of John Adam Williams, aged 15, who fell off a motor car on June 13 and was killed, was conducted by the Coroner. Williams and five other boys were passengers in a motor car which was driven by James Harold Wicks. The Coroner found that […]