ON THIS DAY – June 23, 1928
Charged with the manslaughter of Mrs Rose Mangan, Ralph Hitchens, 24, of Park street, North Carlton, was remanded at the Carlton Court today until July 3.
A charge of negligent driving was withdrawn, while a further charge of having failed to stop after allegedly knocking down a woman and two men in Rathdowne street on June 23, was adjourned. Mr Smith, P!M., fixed bail at £200, but the police objected to this, as Kitchens’ previous bail had been £1000. Mr Smith then called evidence. Constable Martin said that at 7 p.m. on Saturday, he was called to the corner of Barkly and Rathdowne streets, where he saw a crowd standing round a woman, who appeared to be seriously injured, “It was alleged’ that Hitchens knocked the woman down, and did not ” Mr J. Barnott (for Hitchens): I object to this, your Worship. Continuing, ‘Constable Martin said he went over to two motor cars standing close by and asked the driver of one did he knock the woman down. He replied .Yes, he swerved to avoid another car; then my accelerator jammed and I could not stop,” added the constable. Constable Martin said that the driver of the other car interjected, “You” know you had no intention of stopping it I hadn’t chased you.” Mr Smith, P.M.: Oh. He had to be chased? Bail was then altered to £300.