ON THIS DAY – March 6, 1925
His Honour, Sir Leo Cussen, in the Criminal Court, sentenced Edward Vernon (39), painter, who was found guilty, of the manslaughter of William Bent (17), railway employee, at Lilydale on the 6th of March, to 12 years’ imprisonment with hard labour. Sir Leo Cussen said he took the jury’s verdict as meaning no more than that Vernon did not intend to hit the unfortunate boy he killed. The fact that Vernon followed the boy and girl, who was his companion, for some distance, so that the meeting was not accidental, made the crime more serious. He had some hesitation as to whether he could impose the maximum penalty, but he took into consideration the fact that Vernon had borne a good character, and that he appeared to have an emotional and unstable nature. Vernon took the sentence calmly.