ON THIS DAY – January 26, 1937


Evidence that she had repulsed the accused when he had tried to kiss her in a cowshed was given by Ida Reynolds, married, of Nilma North, when Jack Evison, aged 44 years, woodcutter, of Nilma North, appeared on a charge of having shot at Mrs. Reynolds on January 26 with intent to murder her. Mrs. Reynolds said that she had known Evison for two and a half years. He had worked for her husband at different times. “About a week before the shooting occurred,” she said, “I was working in the cowshed milking with my husband and Evison. My husband left the shed, and Evison tried to kiss me. He leaned on my shoulder. I objected, and he then put his arm about me, and I smacked him. He said, ‘Don’t split, or I’ll blow your brains out.’ “I told my husband, who discharged him. I saw Evison on January 23 and paid him a cheque at the gate. He asked me whether I was frightened of him, and I replied, ‘You must think I am a calf.’ On January 26 I saw Evison at 8 am. He called out ‘Ida,’ and pointed at something on the road. I went down to investigate. He was at the gate, and I was within eight yards of him. He said, ‘Come here,’ but I took several paces backward, as I became suspicious when I saw nothing on the road. “Evison was bending down and flashed a gun to his shoulder, saying, ‘I am going to shoot you dead.’ I ran to the cow-shed, but had gone only a few yards when I felt a sting in the right forearm and side, and heard the report of a gun. My husband appeared with a pitchfork and ran after Evison. I said, ‘Be careful; he has reloaded.” First-constable Derham said in evidence that he had asked Evison why he had shot Mrs. Reynolds, and Evison had replied, “It had to come to a finish ” Evison pleaded not guilty and reserved his defence. He was committed for trial at the Supreme Court, Melbourne, on February 15. Bail was refused.