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ON THIS DAY – July 28, 1936

 

Charged with having murdered his twin sister, Adelaide Bek, on July 28, Charles Bek, farmer, of Kooroocheang, was remanded at the Ballarat City Court to day until August 28. It was alleged that Bek had an altercation with his sister, struck her several blows on the head with a hammer and threw her body into a dam on his farm. He was arrested last night. The body was recovered from the dam on August 14. Bek is little more than five foot high, and is slightly built.

ON THIS DAY – July 15, 1954

BERYL JEAN BALDWIN, 40, alleged to have been murdered by her husband at St. Arnaud on July 15, had an appointment with another man on the night she died, Snr.-Detective Jack Ralph Ford told the City Court yesterday. He was giving evidence against John Henry Baldwin, 35, mill hand, of Henry st., St. Arnaud. Baldwin was remanded to the City Court until July 29.Detective Ford said Mrs. Baldwin’s body was found on July 16 in a dam four miles from St. Arnaud. A post-mortem showed she had died from extensive head wounds from an iron bar or similar instrument. A small car was found in the dam. “Admissions” Baldwin had been questioned and had made certain admissions, the detective added. Detective Ford said “It appears so” when asked by Mr. Galbally (for Baldwin) if Baldwin’s wife had been unfaithful. Mr. Galbally: From your own knowledge, do you believe she had a boyfriend at the time of her death? on that night she had an appointment with another man. Detective Ford agreed there was evidence of a minor accident near the body. He said Baldwin was favourably known in St. Arnaud where he had lived all his life.

ON THIS DAY ………… 4th September 2005

On this day in 2005, Robert Farquharson was returning his children to their mother after a Father’s Day access visit, his white 1989 VN Commodore vehicle veered across the Princes Highway between Winchelsea and Geelong, crashed through a fence and came to rest in a farm dam where it filled with water and submerged. His three children, Jai (10), Tyler (7) and Bailey (2), were unable to free themselves and drowned. Farquharson managed to escape and alerted another driver who took him to nearby Winchelsea. Police divers recovered the boys’ bodies about 2 am the next day. They were still inside the vehicle and unrestrained by seatbelts.  After a three-month investigation, police prepared murder charges against Farquharson and went to his Winchelsea home on 14 December 2005. He was not there at the time but presented himself at the Geelong police station in the presence of his lawyer. He was arrested and charged with three counts of murder. He had previously requested and undertook a lie detector test, the results of which are inadmissible in court. He later appeared in the Geelong Magistrates Court, where he was remanded in custody and ordered to appear before the court on 7 April 2006. Gambino told the court that she did not believe Farquharson intended to kill their children deliberately, saying “I believe with all my heart that this was just an accident and that he would not have hurt a hair on their heads. I don’t believe this is murder.”  Police alleged that Farquharson was in control of the vehicle in the moments before it crashed into the dam and that he earlier told a friend, Greg King, that he had intended to kill his children to get back at his wife. He was later granted bail and released from custody to appear at his trial which was scheduled to begin in August 2007.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 28, 1936

 

Charged with having murdered his twin sister, Adelaide Bek, on July 28, Charles Bek, farmer, of Kooroocheang, was remanded at the Ballarat City Court to day until August 28. It was alleged that Bek had an altercation with his sister, struck her several blows on the head with a hammer and threw her body into a dam on his farm. He was arrested last night. The body was recovered from the dam on August 14. Bek is little more than five foot high, and is slightly built.

ON THIS DAY – July 15, 1954

BERYL JEAN BALDWIN, 40, alleged to have been murdered by her husband at St. Arnaud on July 15, had an appointment with another man on the night she died, Snr.-Detective Jack Ralph Ford told the City Court yesterday. He was giving evidence against John Henry Baldwin, 35, mill hand, of Henry st., St. Arnaud. Baldwin was remanded to the City Court until July 29.Detective Ford said Mrs. Baldwin’s body was found on July 16 in a dam four miles from St. Arnaud. A post-mortem showed she had died from extensive head wounds from an iron bar or similar instrument. A small car was found in the dam. “Admissions” Baldwin had been questioned and had made certain admissions, the detective added. Detective Ford said “It appears so” when asked by Mr. Galbally (for Baldwin) if Baldwin’s wife had been unfaithful. Mr. Galbally: From your own knowledge, do you believe she had a boyfriend at the time of her death? on that night she had an appointment with another man. Detective Ford agreed there was evidence of a minor accident near the body. He said Baldwin was favourably known in St. Arnaud where he had lived all his life.

ON THIS DAY…… 18th September 1925

On the 18th of September 1925, Elliam Cowan Smith aged 57 years, labourer, who was shot (several others being injured), while working on a dam at Bacchus Marsh, with Alexander Thomas Gerguson and a group of other men. It was alleged that while the men were working on the dam Gerguson, for no reason he pulled out a gun and began shooting. Gerguson was charge with wilful murder.

 

ON THIS DAY ………… 4th September 2005

On this day in 2005, Robert Farquharson was returning his children to their mother after a Father’s Day access visit, his white 1989 VN Commodore vehicle veered across the Princes Highway between Winchelsea and Geelong, crashed through a fence and came to rest in a farm dam where it filled with water and submerged. His three children, Jai (10), Tyler (7) and Bailey (2), were unable to free themselves and drowned. Farquharson managed to escape and alerted another driver who took him to nearby Winchelsea. Police divers recovered the boys’ bodies about 2 am the next day. They were still inside the vehicle and unrestrained by seatbelts.  After a three-month investigation, police prepared murder charges against Farquharson and went to his Winchelsea home on 14 December 2005. He was not there at the time but presented himself at the Geelong police station in the presence of his lawyer. He was arrested and charged with three counts of murder. He had previously requested and undertook a lie detector test, the results of which are inadmissible in court. He later appeared in the Geelong Magistrates Court, where he was remanded in custody and ordered to appear before the court on 7 April 2006. Gambino told the court that she did not believe Farquharson intended to kill their children deliberately, saying “I believe with all my heart that this was just an accident and that he would not have hurt a hair on their heads. I don’t believe this is murder.”  Police alleged that Farquharson was in control of the vehicle in the moments before it crashed into the dam and that he earlier told a friend, Greg King, that he had intended to kill his children to get back at his wife. He was later granted bail and released from custody to appear at his trial which was scheduled to begin in August 2007.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 28, 1936

 

Charged with having murdered his twin sister, Adelaide Bek, on July 28, Charles Bek, farmer, of Kooroocheang, was remanded at the Ballarat City Court to day until August 28. It was alleged that Bek had an altercation with his sister, struck her several blows on the head with a hammer and threw her body into a dam on his farm. He was arrested last night. The body was recovered from the dam on August 14. Bek is little more than five foot high, and is slightly built.

ON THIS DAY – July 15, 1954

BERYL JEAN BALDWIN, 40, alleged to have been murdered by her husband at St. Arnaud on July 15, had an appointment with another man on the night she died, Snr.-Detective Jack Ralph Ford told the City Court yesterday. He was giving evidence against John Henry Baldwin, 35, mill hand, of Henry st., St. Arnaud. Baldwin was remanded to the City Court until July 29.Detective Ford said Mrs. Baldwin’s body was found on July 16 in a dam four miles from St. Arnaud. A post-mortem showed she had died from extensive head wounds from an iron bar or similar instrument. A small car was found in the dam. “Admissions” Baldwin had been questioned and had made certain admissions, the detective added. Detective Ford said “It appears so” when asked by Mr. Galbally (for Baldwin) if Baldwin’s wife had been unfaithful. Mr. Galbally: From your own knowledge, do you believe she had a boyfriend at the time of her death? on that night she had an appointment with another man. Detective Ford agreed there was evidence of a minor accident near the body. He said Baldwin was favourably known in St. Arnaud where he had lived all his life.