ON THIS DAY….. 28th May 1895

A charge of manslaughter against Detective John Roche was heard at the Criminal Court. Roche on this day in 1895, in company with Detective Brown, went into the shop of Ernest Arthur Gill, in Devonshire-street, Footscray and arrested him on a charge of receiving stolen property. Resistance was offered Roche, and it was alleged on behalf of the prosecution that he struck Gill with excessive violence. The latter was removed to the police station, where on the third day he became ill, and subsequently he died from blood-poisoning. The defence was that unnecessary violence had been used, and without calling all the witnesses subpoenaed on Roche’s behalf the Jury returned a verdict of not guilty.