On This Day – November 12, 1896

Charles O’Brien, a young man, was to-day arrested on a charge of attempting to murder Julia O’Donoghue by cutting her throat on November 12. O’Brien had previously been living with the woman. On the evening of the date mentioned he met her on City-road.South Melbourne, and asked her to renew their former relations. She declined, whereupon he cut her throat. O’Brien was remanded to appear at South Melbourne on Friday next O Brien has admitted his guilt to the police. He stated that he had been impelled to attack the woman through jealousy. He expressed contrition, and was glad the woman was not dead. She had been hiding near Malvern, and had been nearly starved out.