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ON THIS DAY – November 4, 1924

At an inquest into the death of William Paterson Graham, aged 38 years of age, who was fatally stabbed outside the Chinese Nationalist Club, Little Bourke street, Melbourne, on November 4, Harry Yock Kee, aged 29 years, was committed for trial for the murder or Graham.  Evidence was given by Alexander Read that he and Graham entered the club on the night of November 4 and watched some Chinese playing billiards. Roy Charles Ledow, a half-caste, requested them to leave, but Graham began to mark the game. Ledow insisted that he should leave, and they both walked to the door. Yock Kee helped to bustle them out. Read’s hat fell off in the scuffle, and when he turned round after picking it up he saw Graham wounded on the ground.

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY – February 20, 1908

A respectable looking lad, named Arthur Edwards Melvin Smith, was charged at the General Sessions with having at Jeparit, on February 20, feloniously killed and slain John Joseph Tilley. The evidence showed that some young men were playing billiards at the Hindmarsh Hotel. Some wagering took place on the games, and prisoner was successful in winning. When prisoner was going home Tilley ran after him, and asked, “Going to shout?” he received a reply in the negative, whereupon Tilley called him by an offensive term, and prisoner turned round and struck him a blow on the back. Tilley fell and died in about forty minutes. Dr. Gawne said that death was due to suffocation. Mr. Maxwell took up the defence that the blow, was not the cause of the man’s death. His friends, he said, lifted him up, and the flow of blood caused suffocation. The judge allowed the point to go to the jury, and summed up in favour of prisoner, saying, that if the crime were manslaughter it was in a minor degree. The jury found a verdict of not guilty, and prisoner was discharged.

ON THIS DAY – November 4, 1924

At an inquest into the death of William Paterson Graham, aged 38 years of age, who was fatally stabbed outside the Chinese Nationalist Club, Little Bourke street, Melbourne, on November 4, Harry Yock Kee, aged 29 years, was committed for trial for the murder or Graham.  Evidence was given by Alexander Read that he and Graham entered the club on the night of November 4 and watched some Chinese playing billiards. Roy Charles Ledow, a half-caste, requested them to leave, but Graham began to mark the game. Ledow insisted that he should leave, and they both walked to the door. Yock Kee helped to bustle them out. Read’s hat fell off in the scuffle, and when he turned round after picking it up he saw Graham wounded on the ground.

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY – February 20, 1908

A respectable looking lad, named Arthur Edwards Melvin Smith, was charged at the General Sessions with having at Jeparit, on February 20, feloniously killed and slain John Joseph Tilley. The evidence showed that some young men were playing billiards at the Hindmarsh Hotel. Some wagering took place on the games, and prisoner was successful in winning. When prisoner was going home Tilley ran after him, and asked, “Going to shout?” he received a reply in the negative, whereupon Tilley called him by an offensive term, and prisoner turned round and struck him a blow on the back. Tilley fell and died in about forty minutes. Dr. Gawne said that death was due to suffocation. Mr. Maxwell took up the defence that the blow, was not the cause of the man’s death. His friends, he said, lifted him up, and the flow of blood caused suffocation. The judge allowed the point to go to the jury, and summed up in favour of prisoner, saying, that if the crime were manslaughter it was in a minor degree. The jury found a verdict of not guilty, and prisoner was discharged.