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ON THIS DAY – April 28. 1930

GEELONG

MANSLAUGHTER – MAXIMUM SENTENCE IMPOSED.

Eric Harris Brockwell aged 24, at the Geelong Supreme Court was found guilty by a jury of the manslaughter of Horace Thomas Walpole, taxi-driver, on April 28. The Chief Justice, Sir William Irvine, said that the jury, by finding him guilty of manslaughter, had been very lenient. Therefore, he would impose the maximum sentence for manslaughter, 15 years.

THE FACT

With a bullet wound in his head. Walpole was found dead in his taxi on the Queenscliffe-road on April 28. In a statement which he read from the dock, Brockwell admitted that he had engaged Walpole to drive him, and that he had an argument with Walpole. He added that he pulled out a sawn-off rifle and tried to frighten Walpole.

THE “EXCUSE.”

“I had no intention of killing him.” said Brockwell “and I am not guiltv of murder. I was muddled with drink at the time.”

 

ON THIS DAY ……… 21st March 1917

Ballarat

Considerable surprise was expressed on this day 1917, when it became known that Constable Edward Crimmins, who was stationed at Redan was found dead. He lived in Ballarat East, and left home in the morning apparently in good health. Failing to arrive home at the usual time, inquiries were made, with the result that his corpse was found in the quarters where he was changing into his uniform. The body was taken to the morgue. He was 47 years of age, and married.

 

 

15th March 1916

A young man named Robert Hide was found dead on the road to Camperdown on this day in 1916. Some cow hair was found on the bicycle be was riding, and it is surmised that the accident was caused through a collission with a cow.

 

ON THIS DAY ……….. March 10, 1933

WARRACKNABEAL

After a hearing lasting 16 hours, the inquest at Warracknabeal into the death of Herbert George Toner aged 32, who was found dead on the 10th of March 1933. Toner was found lying on the foot path with his neck dislocated, but there were no external wounds, beyond abrasions to his nose and lips. James Henry Tremewan and Frederick John Scott, were arrested and charged with having murdered Toner, appeared in custody at the inquest. Evidence was given that, on the night of the tragedy, Mrs. Toner and Tremewan were together on a vacant allotment near where the body was subsequently found. Scott and Mrs. Scott were a few yards away. Toner, returned home and found his wife out, had walked along Molyneaux street. The two women said that, when Toner came on the scene, Tremewan ran away, and that Toner, after having crossed the street, fell in the gutter.

 

 

On this day ………… 5th March 1910

On this day in 1910 a boy named William John Nicholson, was found dead in a quarry hole at Richmond, Melbourne. Evidence showed that deceased had been fishing in a quarry hole, and had apparently tumbled in. A verdict of accidentally drowned was returned.

 

 

15th March 1916

A young man named Robert Hide was found dead on the road to Camperdown on this day in 1916. Some cow hair was found on the bicycle be was riding, and it is surmised that the accident was caused through a collission with a cow.

 

ON THIS DAY – April 28. 1930

GEELONG

MANSLAUGHTER – MAXIMUM SENTENCE IMPOSED.

Eric Harris Brockwell aged 24, at the Geelong Supreme Court was found guilty by a jury of the manslaughter of Horace Thomas Walpole, taxi-driver, on April 28. The Chief Justice, Sir William Irvine, said that the jury, by finding him guilty of manslaughter, had been very lenient. Therefore, he would impose the maximum sentence for manslaughter, 15 years.

THE FACT

With a bullet wound in his head. Walpole was found dead in his taxi on the Queenscliffe-road on April 28. In a statement which he read from the dock, Brockwell admitted that he had engaged Walpole to drive him, and that he had an argument with Walpole. He added that he pulled out a sawn-off rifle and tried to frighten Walpole.

THE “EXCUSE.”

“I had no intention of killing him.” said Brockwell “and I am not guiltv of murder. I was muddled with drink at the time.”

 

ON THIS DAY ……… 21st March 1917

Ballarat

Considerable surprise was expressed on this day 1917, when it became known that Constable Edward Crimmins, who was stationed at Redan was found dead. He lived in Ballarat East, and left home in the morning apparently in good health. Failing to arrive home at the usual time, inquiries were made, with the result that his corpse was found in the quarters where he was changing into his uniform. The body was taken to the morgue. He was 47 years of age, and married.

 

 

ON THIS DAY ……….. March 10, 1933

WARRACKNABEAL

After a hearing lasting 16 hours, the inquest at Warracknabeal into the death of Herbert George Toner aged 32, who was found dead on the 10th of March 1933. Toner was found lying on the foot path with his neck dislocated, but there were no external wounds, beyond abrasions to his nose and lips. James Henry Tremewan and Frederick John Scott, were arrested and charged with having murdered Toner, appeared in custody at the inquest. Evidence was given that, on the night of the tragedy, Mrs. Toner and Tremewan were together on a vacant allotment near where the body was subsequently found. Scott and Mrs. Scott were a few yards away. Toner, returned home and found his wife out, had walked along Molyneaux street. The two women said that, when Toner came on the scene, Tremewan ran away, and that Toner, after having crossed the street, fell in the gutter.

 

 

On this day ………… 5th March 1910

On this day in 1910 a boy named William John Nicholson, was found dead in a quarry hole at Richmond, Melbourne. Evidence showed that deceased had been fishing in a quarry hole, and had apparently tumbled in. A verdict of accidentally drowned was returned.