ON THIS DAY – February 27, 1927

Robert Brown, barman of the Wayside Inn, South Melbourne, was committed for trial at the Criminal Court on a charge of murder following an inquest into the death of Stanley Brockenshire, aged 47 years, of Cliff-street, Essendon, in the Melbourne Hospital, on this day in February 1927. Evidence was given that Brown attacked Brockenshire without any provocation and punched him until he fell, striking his head heavily on the pavement. Previously Brown had been charged with manslaughter.



ON THIS DAY – February 26, 1916


In the Criminal Court, Archibald Murchison, a member of the Expeditionary Forces, was charged with the manslaughter of another soldier named John Heath, at Melbourne, on the 26th of February. The defence was that Heath rushed at Murchison and hit him, the fatal blow being then struck by accused in self defence. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.


ON THIS DAY – February 19, 1914


In the Criminal Court, Henry Reginald Ilsley, chauffeur, was charged with manslaughter, following on the death of John Carr Ellis, who, while riding a bicycle at Hawthorn on February 19, was run down by a motor car driven by Ilsley. After a few minutes deliberation the Jury found Ilsley not guilty, and he was discharged.


ON THIS DAY – February 19, 1948

A jury in the Criminal Court acquitted Stephen John Cox, 15, a technical school student, of St. Helena Road, Greensborough, on a charge of murder. Cox shot his brother at their home on the 19th of February. Cox admitted having shot William James Cox, 22, but told the jury that he had aimed the gun from his hip to miss. He intended that the shot would go close enough to frighten him. The boy and members of his family had given evidence that he had been the victim of ‘drink inspired tormenting’ by his brother for six months.




Norman Brook, 23, of Brisbane, appeared in the Criminal Court charged with the murder of Lance Corporal Jack Lloyd, 25, of Brisbane, Army-Signaller . Lloyds body was found with a stick protruding from it, in a paddock near Balcombe military camp, Mount Martha, Mornington Peninsula, on the 6th of February. There were 13 lacerated wounds in the face and head, and the skull had been fractured. Brook attended a dance in the Anzac Hall on the night of the 5th of February. He left the hall about 10.45pm, and Lloyd followed him. Later, in a paddock, Lloyd made an improper suggestion, and Brook attacked him with a stick, causing fatal injuries. Brook, on oath, said he had had about a dozen drinks before going to the dance, and he became suddenly ill and went into the paddock. As he left the hall, Lloyd was standing in the doorway. While he was vomiting in an isolated spot. Lloyd came to him and said he should make some attempt to straighten himself up because he had to go on picket duty. Lloyd took him into a paddock and told him to walk round to sober up. Brook said he sat down with a violent headache, and Lloyd made an improper suggestion, but he knocked Lloyd aside. He was so disgusted with Lloyd that he picked up a stick to ward him off and defend himself. He was in a very weak state. but he hit Lloyd with the stick a couple of times. There was a struggle, and after that he returned to the camp. He did not know Lloyd was dead until the following Tuesday when he was questioned by the police.