ON THIS DAY…… 26th September 1889

John Macnamara, labourer, aged forty, was tried on this day in 1889, before Justice Hodges for the murder of Robert George Frey in a hut at Pakenham. After hearing the medical evidence as to the prisoner’s state of mind. His Honour expressed the opinion that it was not necessary to go further with the case, as the Jury would certainly find a verdict of not guilty on the ground of insanity. The Jury, by direction, returned that verdict, and His Honour ordered the prisoner to be detained in strict custody in Melbourne Gaol pending His Excellency’s pleasure.