ON THIS DAY – October 28, 1917


At the Rutherglen Coroner’s Court to day Joseph Butler was committed for trial on a change of having murdered Samuel Costin, his step-father, at Gooramadda on October 28. Edward Butler, the accused’s brother, said that on the day of Costin’s death he heard a shot, and thought he heard the old man call out, “You have shot me” In the kitchen afterwards his brother Joe handed witness 8/ in silver. Joe said, “The old chap is lying out there and it is out of his pocket, and this is half of what I got” His brother said he had only given the old man a fright, and that he was always growling at him. Another witness stated that accused had come to pay the balance for the purchase of a mare with bank notes which were perforated with holes.