MYSTERIOUS MURDER.

BEULAH

A farmer named Hugh Lavery, a resident of Beulah, was found this morning dead in his bed, with his skull fractured in two places. This evening a German farm hand named Chas. Gluck gave himself up to the police at the township of Brim. He said he wished to give himself up for a murder committed near Beulah. He did not know why he committed the crime, nor the same at his victim, until he saw him lying dead, He did, not “realise what he had done, The prisoner is a strongly built young fellow, about twenty-five years of age. A blood-stained razor was found in his possession. He said he used the razor and then finished the work with an axe.

A CHARGE OF MURDER.

An inquest was made on the 14th of November 1902, concerning the death of Michael Wynne, aged 35, who died on the 7th of November from a stab with a knife in the abdomen. The jury found that death was due to a stab inflicted by Patrick Gibbons, who was guilty of wilful murder. Gibbons, who is an elderly man, was committed for trial.

FOOTSCRAY

BOY ACQUITTED

ON MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE

Charged with the manslaughter of his mother on November 14, Desmond Stuart Charles Johnson was found not guilty at the Criminal court to-day. He had pleaded not guilty. The Crown alleged that Johnson shot his mother at their home in Footscray with a pea rifle, it was stated that the boy said at the time that his mother had been bringing men to the house. Medical reports showed that there was evidence that the mother had been drinking before she was killed.

 

KOO WEE RUP

NOT GUILTY OF MURDER

A jury in the Criminal Court to-day found Thomas Henry Kirwin, 55, of Koo Wee-Rup. not guilty of the murder and alternatively manslaughter of his brother, Francis Frederick Kirwin ,37, whose body was found in a cowshed at Kirwin’s farm on November 14. 1944. He was discharged by Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy.

Henry Thomas Kirwin, 24, of Koo Wee-Rup, son of Thomas Henry Kirwin, who had appeared with his father, had previously been found not guilty on a charge of murder and manslaughter.

SUSPECTED MURDER.

Body Recovered from Yarra.

VICTORIA AGAIN.

Mysterious circumstances surround the death of Eric Watkins, aged 22, whose body was found in the Yarra on November 13.

Watkins boarded a train at Adelaide on November 6 and was not seen alive afterwards, nor was his luggage found. The police ascertained that he got in association with a number of train “crooks,” who got about £15 from him. It is presumed he is a victim of foul play, and that the body was thrown into the river Yarra close to Spencer-street station.

Aerial view of the crime scene of the Wiseman murders

Glenroy Murder

Aerial view of the crime scene of the Wiseman murders

‘It might well be that when the murderer entered the house no thought of murder was in his mind end that his motive was one of stealing.’ This theory was put forward to-day by the Crown Prosecutor (M’. F. Book), at the trial of a chimney sweep (George Green, 38) who pleaded not guilty to having murdered an aged woman and her niece. The victims were Annie Wiseman (62) and Phyllis Wiseman (17), who were found strangled in their lonely home at Glenroy on November 13.

Detectives examining crime scene

Detectives examining crime scene

‘Two innocent, inoffensive women were killed in their own bedrooms, apparently by a man who intruded into the house some time during the night to steal,’ said Mr. Book, ‘but it ‘s clear from the evidence that he did not hesitate to kill both women in the course of the commission of that criminal offence.’ The trial is part heard.

FURTHER REMAND

Double Murder Case

On a charge of having murdered Annie Constance Wiseman, 62, and her niece, Phyllis Wiseman, 17, at Glenroy, on November 12, George Green, 42. of West Heidelberg, was remanded in the City Court to-day to December 19. Miss Wiseman and her niece were found strangled in Miss Wiseman’s home on November 13. The inquest into their deaths will be held on December 19.