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ON THIS DAY……. 2nd August 1949

In the Ballarat Supreme Court, John Lilley, former licensee of the Commercial Hotel, Hopetoun, denied having kicked his wife in the head when he assaulted her at the hotel on this day in 1949, but admitted having struck her in the face and kicked her in the buttocks.  Lilley was giving evidence in his own defence.  After a retirement of 21 hours the jury found him not guilty of having murdered his wife Amelia Hilda Lilley and he was discharged by Mr Justice Martin. Mrs Lilley died in the Hopetoun hospital on August 12, 10 days after she had been assaulted.

 

 

 

On This Day – June 19, 1980

Theresa Crowe, a vivacious young woman, had been found in her loft apartment, wrapped in a blanket, her body slashed from throat to groin. Despite the horrific wounds that prompted speculation that she had been killed in a satanic ritual, the cause of death was strangulation.

Malcolm Clarke knew her. They had met at a disco, Chaser’s, the year before.

A medical examiner found Crowe had been dead for 12 to 15 hours before she was found, on June 25, 1980. Clarke had an alibi for that period. She had in fact been dead five days, but the bitter winter cold and her unheated apartment had acted like a refrigerator, confusing the pathologist.

Clarke would finally confess to Theresa Crowe’s slaying and was sentenced to 11 years for manslaughter and a separate assault and rape.  Clarke would later be convicted of the murder of 6 year old Bonnie Clarke in 1982

ON THIS DAY – June 16, 1907

Dominic Tarrabouchier, an Austrian fisherman, who stabbed Constable Cawsey, who in turn shot him, at Portarlington on June 16, was before the City Court, charged with wounding and assaulting with intent to murder May Mitchell. The accused was remanded.

 

ON THIS DAY……19th December 1891

A young man named William Trask was brought up on remand on the charge of assaulting and robbing a shearer, named Robert Stewart, of £6 17s. Trask was remanded to the Geelong Gaol for three months.

 

ON THIS DAY – 11th December 1900

The trial of five young men named Jason O’Shannessey, Alfred Cropley, Moss Smith, John Jason Dowdle, and Henry Edward Victoria Johnson on a charge of wilfully murdering an old man named Jason Vance, commenced in the Criminal Court on the 11th of December 1900. It was alleged that in robbing Vance they used such violence as to cause the old man’s death.

 

On This Day – December 6, 1938

John Joseph McCarthy aged 45, of Elwood, civil servant, died in hospital on the 6th of December 1938 from injuries received when, it is alleged, he was assaulted in a reserve behind Luna Park. Desmond Patrick Toole a salesman, of Elwood, who was released on bail after having been charged with assault, was rearrested and charged with murder

ON THIS DAY – November 9, 1937

After enquiring into the death of Edmund Robertson (44), unemployed, who died on November 9 from head injuries, the coroner today committed George Anthony Powell, postal employee, for trial on a charge of murder.  Evidence was given that after an argument in an hotel on November 5 Robertson was assaulted in a street. He fell and his head struck the pavement.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – October 24, 1944

 

Intercepting a seven-year-old girl on her way home from school on October 24, Ronald Morgan, 24, of Moonee Ponds, processor, took her into the lounge of his house and there attacked her with the jagged end of an exploded mortar bomb, the Crown Prosecutor (Mr. Sproule. K.C.) suggested in the Criminal Court today. Later, Morgan carried the child into a lane, where he committed a serious offence, claimed Mr. Sproule. Morgan pleaded not guilty to the murder of Janice Marie Baul, of Moonee Ponds. who died in the Children’s Hospital on October 26 from injuries which, the Crown alleged, had been inflicted by Morgan. Mr. Sproule said Morgan had made a statement to Senior Detective Donnelly, in which he said he was sitting on the steps outside his home reading, when he became dizzy in the sun, and put the paper down. The next thing he knew was that he had the little girl in the lounge room.

 

 

ON THIS DAY……. 2nd August 1949

In the Ballarat Supreme Court, John Lilley, former licensee of the Commercial Hotel, Hopetoun, denied having kicked his wife in the head when he assaulted her at the hotel on this day in 1949, but admitted having struck her in the face and kicked her in the buttocks.  Lilley was giving evidence in his own defence.  After a retirement of 21 hours the jury found him not guilty of having murdered his wife Amelia Hilda Lilley and he was discharged by Mr Justice Martin. Mrs Lilley died in the Hopetoun hospital on August 12, 10 days after she had been assaulted.

 

 

 

On This Day – June 19, 1980

Theresa Crowe, a vivacious young woman, had been found in her loft apartment, wrapped in a blanket, her body slashed from throat to groin. Despite the horrific wounds that prompted speculation that she had been killed in a satanic ritual, the cause of death was strangulation.

Malcolm Clarke knew her. They had met at a disco, Chaser’s, the year before.

A medical examiner found Crowe had been dead for 12 to 15 hours before she was found, on June 25, 1980. Clarke had an alibi for that period. She had in fact been dead five days, but the bitter winter cold and her unheated apartment had acted like a refrigerator, confusing the pathologist.

Clarke would finally confess to Theresa Crowe’s slaying and was sentenced to 11 years for manslaughter and a separate assault and rape.  Clarke would later be convicted of the murder of 6 year old Bonnie Clarke in 1982

ON THIS DAY – June 16, 1907

Dominic Tarrabouchier, an Austrian fisherman, who stabbed Constable Cawsey, who in turn shot him, at Portarlington on June 16, was before the City Court, charged with wounding and assaulting with intent to murder May Mitchell. The accused was remanded.

 

ON THIS DAY – May 16, 1915

NORTH MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE MANSLAUGHTER CASE

Charged with the manslaughter of Denis McSweeney at North Melbourne on May 16, Francis McGough, at the close of the Crown case in the Criminal Court to-day, withdrew his plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty. The accused assaulted McSweeney without warning. The Chief Justice (Sir John Madden), in passing a sentence of three years’ imprisonment, said that McGough had acted like a tiger. Looking at the facts of the case, he asked himself why McGough was not charged with murder. He thought that the case was one for the full penalty prescribed by the Act, but. taking into account the fact that McGough was a hard working man and only gave way occasionally to bursts of intemperance, he would only impose a sentence of three years’ imprisonment.