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FIRST EUROPEAN MURDER CONVICTION  IN VICTORIA

SUPREME COURT-CRIMINAL SIDE. SATURDAY. MAY 15. (Before the Resident Judge and a Civil Jury.)

Portland Bay 1841

Portland Bay 1841

Thomas Leahy, cooper, at Portland Town, was then put to the bar, charged with the wilful murder of his wife Sarah Leahy, by having on the 16th of November last wounded her with a bayonet, thereby causing almost instant death.

John Horne, a native of China, sworn after the manner of his own nation, by breaking a plate, stated that he lives at Portland Bay—knows Thomas Leahy the prisoner, and knew his wife—Sarah Leahy is dead now, she was alive eight moons ago—saw no dispute between prisoner and his wife at that time—has seen them “making quarrels”—remembers working on the day of the murder outside the house—heard a noise and ran in—saw prisoner with a bayonet —would know it again—the one produced was the same, or exactly like it —prisoner had it in his hand—saw him stab his wife (describing the manner of the thrust)—she ran out of the back door with her hand up to her breast, and fell outside the house.

Lovel Byus, sworn: lives at Portland Bay, is a surgeon—has seen the prisoner at Portland Bay between six and seven months ago—can’t say if he was married —remembers on the 16th November last being called in to see deceased— in passing Horne’s house heard a scream —did not go in, but was overtaken by a man of the name of Brown—from his information went to the Chinaman’s hut, and there saw a woman lying on the road, and the prisoner standing near her—he said that he would go and deliver himself up, which he did—saw a wound on the deceased’s body on the left side, and examined it—remained with the woman a quarter of an hour— after examining the wound found the woman’s pulse scarcely perceptible— spoke to her, but she was senseless—saw blood upon the bayonet—am certain it was blood—it was a weapon similar to the one produced, and the wound was such as would be produced by such a weapon—the weapon was given to Mr. Blair—had a post mortem examination on the body—found an external triangular wound on the left breast of the deceased, penetrating between the third and fourth ribs to the left ventricle of the heart—it was such a wound as would produce death—I believe that it caused death.

His Honor summed up as briefly as possible; the Jury retired, and after a few minutes returned a verdict of Guilty. The prisoner was then sentenced to be executed,—time and place left to His Excellency the Governor.

 

MURDER IN MELBOURNE.

Death Mask of Freeland Morrell

John Anderson, second mate of the American barque Don Nicholas, was murdered by one of the crew named Freeland Morrell. During the voyage there had been ill blood between the parties, and Morrell had applied for his discharge on the grounds that he could not get on with the mate. Last night Morrell sharpened a knife, and told the cook he was going to do for Anderson. Shortly after this Morrell left the vessel, and meeting Anderson on the pier, stabbed him to the heart, the latter dying immediately. The murderer was instantly arrested. An inquest was held to-day, and a verdict of wilful murder was returned against Freeland Morrell, one of the crew, who was committed for trial.

 

 

JULIET LANE – CHINATOWN

On account of a female, who came from the country, was taking tea with her friend in Juilet Lane, when she became unwell, and said there must be something deleterious in the water tank.

A most disturbing find was made in the water tank behind the building on the 16th November 1859. After guests become unwell at a dinner party, from drinking water, it was decided to look into the tank a brown paper parcel was seen floating on the water, which, on being taken out, created a great stench. Inside of the paper was found the body of a child, wrapped up in calico, with its legs doubled up and tied with a cord. At the inquest it was stated that its skull had been fractured. The jury returned a verdict of ‘ Wilful murder against some person or persons unknown.’

BUNINGYONG

Late last night we received information that a dreadful murder was committed at Buninyong, on the previous day (Monday last) . All the particulars that we have able to collect are, that a person named Jeremiah Connell had called at Mr. Veitch’s Inn, that he went into the kitchen and brought out a poker and, without any previous quarrel or provocation, commenced a murderous onslaught on bystanders. One man had his jaw broken, anotherwas seriously cut on the head, and the deceased, a man named Edward Martin, a servant in the employ of Mr. Veitch, was killed on spot. What the murderer’s motive could have been is a mystery, as he had not even been drinking. He was with difficulty secured, detained in custody, but in the course of the evening he made his escape. Next morning he again secured by the servant of Mr. Learmonth, that gentleman immediately despatched a messenger to Geelong, with a requisition for a mounted policeman to be sent up, and a trooper will accordingly be despatched this morning.

Geelong Advertiser, Nov 18 – [We learn since the above was in type, that the murder, up to latest date, was not complete, the wounded being still in existence, though not expected to survive. The outrage was a genuine Tipperary one, and the only offence given by the victim, is a Scotchman, was a mild remonstrance against the furious language the murderer was using against Orangemen and Protestants in general.]

CARLTON

BABY’S DEATH

MOTHER CHARGED WITH MURDER.

On a charge of having murdered her newly-born baby at Carlton on November 15 Lillian Shore, 22, single of Carlton, was to-day committed for trial by the City Coroner, Mr. Tingate.

The baby was found in the front garden of a house in Carlton with its throat cut and the body was wrapped in newspaper.

Florence Parker, who conducted an apartment house at which Shore was staying, said she did not know Shore had given birth to a child. Shore went to bed early that night and next day had assisted in the housework.

BENDIGO

ALLEGED ATTEMPTED MURDER.

At Bendigo to-day Edward Jas. Slattery, 20 was charged with having on November 15 shot at Wm. Knight at Axe Creek. with intent to murder him.

Wm. Knight, railway employee, said that accused was his son-in-law. He was one of a party that went fishing. They were all skylarking, and accused shot at witness’s hat, which had been thrown in the water. Afterwards they were pushing one another in the water and accused, who was frightened of the water as he could not swim, picked up a gun, and said, “I’ll shoot you, you -.” He then fired over witness’s head, and went back a few paces, and again said “I’ll shoot you” He fired, and a shot struck witness in the left side. Accused was under the influence of liquor. Witness believed the affair was a pure accident.

 

MYSTERIOUS MURDER.

BEULAH

A farmer named Hugh Lavery, a resident of Beulah, was found this morning dead in his bed, with his skull fractured in two places. This evening a German farm hand named Chas. Gluck gave himself up to the police at the township of Brim. He said he wished to give himself up for a murder committed near Beulah. He did not know why he committed the crime, nor the same at his victim, until he saw him lying dead, He did, not “realise what he had done, The prisoner is a strongly built young fellow, about twenty-five years of age. A blood-stained razor was found in his possession. He said he used the razor and then finished the work with an axe.

A CHARGE OF MURDER.

An inquest was made on the 14th of November 1902, concerning the death of Michael Wynne, aged 35, who died on the 7th of November from a stab with a knife in the abdomen. The jury found that death was due to a stab inflicted by Patrick Gibbons, who was guilty of wilful murder. Gibbons, who is an elderly man, was committed for trial.

FOOTSCRAY

BOY ACQUITTED

ON MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE

Charged with the manslaughter of his mother on November 14, Desmond Stuart Charles Johnson was found not guilty at the Criminal court to-day. He had pleaded not guilty. The Crown alleged that Johnson shot his mother at their home in Footscray with a pea rifle, it was stated that the boy said at the time that his mother had been bringing men to the house. Medical reports showed that there was evidence that the mother had been drinking before she was killed.