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ON THIS DAY – October 28, 1917

 

At the Rutherglen Coroner’s Court to day Joseph Butler was committed for trial on a change of having murdered Samuel Costin, his step-father, at Gooramadda on October 28. Edward Butler, the accused’s brother, said that on the day of Costin’s death he heard a shot, and thought he heard the old man call out, “You have shot me” In the kitchen afterwards his brother Joe handed witness 8/ in silver. Joe said, “The old chap is lying out there and it is out of his pocket, and this is half of what I got” His brother said he had only given the old man a fright, and that he was always growling at him. Another witness stated that accused had come to pay the balance for the purchase of a mare with bank notes which were perforated with holes.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – February 22, 1953

LEO ROUSE – WINDSOR

The wife of a man committed for trial on a murder charge in the Coroner’s Court was led, screaming and crying, from the court. Her husband, George Ernest Marsden, 31, labourer, was committed for trial by the Deputy Coroner Mr. Wade, on a charge of having murdered Melbourne criminal, Leo Raymond Rouse. Rouse was found shot through the heart in Windsor, Melbourne, on the 22nd of February. Senior Constable James Joseph Ryan said he saw Marsden at the Alfred Hospital early on the 22nd. Marsden was badly upset. He said he had just had ‘blue’ with his wife and her jaw was broken in two places. Marsden said he had done that to her. Senior Detective Noel Wilby Mid Marsden had told him several different stories when he interviewed him early. Marsden covered his face with his hand and cried when the finding was announced.

 

ON THIS DAY – October 28, 1917

 

At the Rutherglen Coroner’s Court to day Joseph Butler was committed for trial on a change of having murdered Samuel Costin, his step-father, at Gooramadda on October 28. Edward Butler, the accused’s brother, said that on the day of Costin’s death he heard a shot, and thought he heard the old man call out, “You have shot me” In the kitchen afterwards his brother Joe handed witness 8/ in silver. Joe said, “The old chap is lying out there and it is out of his pocket, and this is half of what I got” His brother said he had only given the old man a fright, and that he was always growling at him. Another witness stated that accused had come to pay the balance for the purchase of a mare with bank notes which were perforated with holes.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – February 22, 1953

LEO ROUSE – WINDSOR

The wife of a man committed for trial on a murder charge in the Coroner’s Court was led, screaming and crying, from the court. Her husband, George Ernest Marsden, 31, labourer, was committed for trial by the Deputy Coroner Mr. Wade, on a charge of having murdered Melbourne criminal, Leo Raymond Rouse. Rouse was found shot through the heart in Windsor, Melbourne, on the 22nd of February. Senior Constable James Joseph Ryan said he saw Marsden at the Alfred Hospital early on the 22nd. Marsden was badly upset. He said he had just had ‘blue’ with his wife and her jaw was broken in two places. Marsden said he had done that to her. Senior Detective Noel Wilby Mid Marsden had told him several different stories when he interviewed him early. Marsden covered his face with his hand and cried when the finding was announced.