ON THIS DAY – April 2, 1936

BENDIGO

SHOT FIRED – MURDER CHARGE FAILS.

In the Bendigo Supreme Court, Harry White, 55, labourer, was charged with the murder of William Chandler (40), labourer, who died in the Bendigo Hospital on the 2nd of April, as the result of a bullet wound in the stomach. Evidence showed that on the night of February 19, Chandler went home under the influence of liquor. He had an altercation with his wife and children, who left the house. Chandler followed, caught up with his wife, and kicked and punched her. When White came along Chandler punched his wife on his shoulder; then a shot was fired, and he fell. The main point raised at the trial was whether the case was one of justifiable homicide. The jury found the accused not guilty of murder, and also acquitted him of the alternative charge of manslaughter.