ON THIS DAY – February 1, 1925

AGNES MARSHALL – COWWARR

William Patrick Marshall, a contractor, of Cowwarr, Victoria, aged 26 years, was found guilty in the Criminal Court, of having, at Cowwarr, on February 1, caused strychnine to be administered to his wife, Agnes Marshall, with intent to murder her. He was also found guilty of having caused strychnine to be administered to his wife at Heyfield on February 6. There were two alternative charges of having caused strychnine to be administered to his wife, thereby endangering her life. Sentence of death was recorded against the accused.

Mr James McArthur, after the jury had returned a verdict of guilty on the first count and the first two charges acted under section 504 of the Crimes Act and instead of pronouncing sentence of death, ordered to be entered on the record. The case will now be considered by the Executive Council.