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ON THIS DAY – September 29, 1900

Edward Harrison, accused of murdering his paramour, Sarah Ann Johnson, at King- street, East Brunswick, on Saturday evening last, by cutting her throat, was before Messrs. J Manning and Stranks, J.P.’s at the local court yesterday. Sergeant Muldarry asked for a remand for a week. The prisoner did not speak. In court he looked the picture of wretchedness and dejection. He is a thin, undersized man, and had on a blue striped shirt, a very ragged brown coat, of which little more than the lining was left, tweed trousers, patched with moleskin at the knees. The bench remanded accused, to appear again before the court on Monday next.

ON THIS DAY….. 27th May 1952

An East Brunswick man murdered his wife and committed suicide because of his wife’s association with another man, the Coroner (Mr. Burke. S.M.) found. The man’s daughter had said that she heard her father say: “You’re not coming back? Well, love, this is it” before two shots were fired on May 27 at their home. The dead couple were William Anthony Kilmartin, 49, storeman, and Margaret Alice Kilmartin, 47, barmaid. Their married daughter, Mrs. Eileen Margaret McNeill, also of East Brunswick, said that her mother left home in May the previously.

 

ON THIS DAY – March 25, 1933

WILLIAMSTOWN

An Inquest was held by the City Coroner (Mr. Grant) into the death of Arthur John Smale, boot trade employee, aged 16 years. Smale was shot on March 25 when returning from military duty at the Williamstown rifle range. George Henry Madden, tinsmith, of Freeman Street, North Fitzroy, said that he was with a group of young men who were returning from the Williamstown Rifle Range on March 25. All had rifles which had been cleaned and inspected after firing. In Kororoit Road another party of young men, who had also been shooting, began throwing stones. He remembered some one calling out, and then he heard a shot, and Smale fell to the ground. Arthur Herbert Taylor, sergeant of militia, of East Brunswick, said that he saw two trainees with a rifle near the steam pipes on the range before the shooting. One was inserting what might have been a cartridge into the breach of the rifle. The other appeared to be shielding him. The owner of the rifle would not know that a cartridge had been inserted. William Arthur Horton, boot trader apprentice, told the Coroner that he did not know there was a live cartridge in the rifle at the time of the accident, and he had no ammunition in his possession. Mr. Grant found that Smale died from a bullet wound in the head caused by the accidental discharge of Horton’s rifle, who did not know that it was loaded. Mr. Grant recorded a finding of manslaughter against a person or persons unknown, who had unlawfully loaded a rifle on the Williamstown Rifle Range.

 

ON THIS DAY – March 21, 1912

LEONARD MITCHELL – EAST BRUNSWICK

At the Brunswick Court; today Frederick Mutiner appeared on remand, charged with having murdered Leonard Mitchell at East Brunswick on March 21. Sergeant McLoughlin stated that as Mutiner had been acquitted by the Crown of all blame, he applied for his discharge.

ON THIS DAY – March 6, 1959

FITZROY

Two youths were today found guilty of manslaughter of a Fitzroy newsagent by a Supreme Court jury, which acquitted them of murder. They were Kenneth Graham Wilson, 17, labourer, of Jarvie Street, East Brunswick, and John McLaren Hazeldine, 19, labourer, of Barkley Street, Brunswick. The jury acquitted Michael John Anthony Corcoran, 15, of both murder and manslaughter. The jury added a rider requesting that Wilson’s and Hazeldine’s ages should be taken into consideration when the penalty was being fixed. Mr. Justice Lowe remanded both for sentence after saying he would call for pre sentence reports on them. All three had pleaded not guilty to having murdered John Colin Beadles, 43, news agent, of Nicholson Street, Fitzroy. Beadles died in hospital on March 8 from injuries which, the Crown claimed, were inflicted when he was battered on the head at his shop on March 6.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – February 25, 1917

EAST BRUNSWICK

At the Brunswick Court on the 1st of March 1917, Stella Hines was presented on a charge of having murdered Eric McIntosh, at Glenlyon road, East Brunswick, on this day in February. The charge arose out of an alleged mock duel between the man and woman. Sergeant Evans explained that the Coroner had returned a verdict of manslaughter against Hines, and the murder change was withdrawn.

 

ON THIS DAY – September 29, 1900

Edward Harrison, accused of murdering his paramour, Sarah Ann Johnson, at King- street, East Brunswick, on Saturday evening last, by cutting her throat, was before Messrs. J Manning and Stranks, J.P.’s at the local court yesterday. Sergeant Muldarry asked for a remand for a week. The prisoner did not speak. In court he looked the picture of wretchedness and dejection. He is a thin, undersized man, and had on a blue striped shirt, a very ragged brown coat, of which little more than the lining was left, tweed trousers, patched with moleskin at the knees. The bench remanded accused, to appear again before the court on Monday next.

ON THIS DAY….. 27th May 1952

An East Brunswick man murdered his wife and committed suicide because of his wife’s association with another man, the Coroner (Mr. Burke. S.M.) found. The man’s daughter had said that she heard her father say: “You’re not coming back? Well, love, this is it” before two shots were fired on May 27 at their home. The dead couple were William Anthony Kilmartin, 49, storeman, and Margaret Alice Kilmartin, 47, barmaid. Their married daughter, Mrs. Eileen Margaret McNeill, also of East Brunswick, said that her mother left home in May the previously.

 

ON THIS DAY – March 25, 1933

WILLIAMSTOWN

An Inquest was held by the City Coroner (Mr. Grant) into the death of Arthur John Smale, boot trade employee, aged 16 years. Smale was shot on March 25 when returning from military duty at the Williamstown rifle range. George Henry Madden, tinsmith, of Freeman Street, North Fitzroy, said that he was with a group of young men who were returning from the Williamstown Rifle Range on March 25. All had rifles which had been cleaned and inspected after firing. In Kororoit Road another party of young men, who had also been shooting, began throwing stones. He remembered some one calling out, and then he heard a shot, and Smale fell to the ground. Arthur Herbert Taylor, sergeant of militia, of East Brunswick, said that he saw two trainees with a rifle near the steam pipes on the range before the shooting. One was inserting what might have been a cartridge into the breach of the rifle. The other appeared to be shielding him. The owner of the rifle would not know that a cartridge had been inserted. William Arthur Horton, boot trader apprentice, told the Coroner that he did not know there was a live cartridge in the rifle at the time of the accident, and he had no ammunition in his possession. Mr. Grant found that Smale died from a bullet wound in the head caused by the accidental discharge of Horton’s rifle, who did not know that it was loaded. Mr. Grant recorded a finding of manslaughter against a person or persons unknown, who had unlawfully loaded a rifle on the Williamstown Rifle Range.

 

ON THIS DAY – March 21, 1912

LEONARD MITCHELL – EAST BRUNSWICK

At the Brunswick Court; today Frederick Mutiner appeared on remand, charged with having murdered Leonard Mitchell at East Brunswick on March 21. Sergeant McLoughlin stated that as Mutiner had been acquitted by the Crown of all blame, he applied for his discharge.

ON THIS DAY – March 6, 1959

FITZROY

Two youths were today found guilty of manslaughter of a Fitzroy newsagent by a Supreme Court jury, which acquitted them of murder. They were Kenneth Graham Wilson, 17, labourer, of Jarvie Street, East Brunswick, and John McLaren Hazeldine, 19, labourer, of Barkley Street, Brunswick. The jury acquitted Michael John Anthony Corcoran, 15, of both murder and manslaughter. The jury added a rider requesting that Wilson’s and Hazeldine’s ages should be taken into consideration when the penalty was being fixed. Mr. Justice Lowe remanded both for sentence after saying he would call for pre sentence reports on them. All three had pleaded not guilty to having murdered John Colin Beadles, 43, news agent, of Nicholson Street, Fitzroy. Beadles died in hospital on March 8 from injuries which, the Crown claimed, were inflicted when he was battered on the head at his shop on March 6.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – February 25, 1917

EAST BRUNSWICK

At the Brunswick Court on the 1st of March 1917, Stella Hines was presented on a charge of having murdered Eric McIntosh, at Glenlyon road, East Brunswick, on this day in February. The charge arose out of an alleged mock duel between the man and woman. Sergeant Evans explained that the Coroner had returned a verdict of manslaughter against Hines, and the murder change was withdrawn.