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On this day …….. 3rd of August 1955

A youth who stole the Langi Kal Kal training centre truck to escape on March 31 was gaoled for three months on this day in 1955. He is George Edward Bennett, 17, of Dunlop ave., Ascot Vale, who told Judge Moore in General Sessions that he escaped for “no apparent reason.” Bennett said the inmates were well treated and housed in nice surroundings. Mr. G. K. Sutton, Crown prosecutor, said Bennett had been sentenced to imprisonment for shop breaking and illegal use of a car since he had escaped from the centre. Judge Moore said Bennett seemed to have started a life of crime at an early age. “I wonder if some time someone can make you stop and think for awhile,” he told Bennett. He remanded three other escapees for sentence. They are: Cyril Charles Hall, 20, of David st., Launceston; Ronald Arthur Barber, 17, of Napier st., Fitzroy; and Leonard Wigley, l8, of Cromwell st.,

 

ON THIS DAY – June 10, 1930

CANTERBURY

Charged with the manslaughter of his mother, Harold Johnston, a seaman in the Royal Australian Navy, wept while giving evidence in the General Sessions. He was acquitted of the charge. Johnston’s mother was a passenger in a motor driven by him on June 10. The car crashed into a tree at Canterbury and the mother was fatally injured. Witnesses for the Crown said the car was travelling on the wrong side of the road at 60 miles an hour. Johnston said his brakes failed to act, and that he was only travelling at 30 miles an hour.

 

On this day …….. 3rd of August 1955

A youth who stole the Langi Kal Kal training centre truck to escape on March 31 was gaoled for three months on this day in 1955. He is George Edward Bennett, 17, of Dunlop ave., Ascot Vale, who told Judge Moore in General Sessions that he escaped for “no apparent reason.” Bennett said the inmates were well treated and housed in nice surroundings. Mr. G. K. Sutton, Crown prosecutor, said Bennett had been sentenced to imprisonment for shop breaking and illegal use of a car since he had escaped from the centre. Judge Moore said Bennett seemed to have started a life of crime at an early age. “I wonder if some time someone can make you stop and think for awhile,” he told Bennett. He remanded three other escapees for sentence. They are: Cyril Charles Hall, 20, of David st., Launceston; Ronald Arthur Barber, 17, of Napier st., Fitzroy; and Leonard Wigley, l8, of Cromwell st.,

 

ON THIS DAY – June 10, 1930

CANTERBURY

Charged with the manslaughter of his mother, Harold Johnston, a seaman in the Royal Australian Navy, wept while giving evidence in the General Sessions. He was acquitted of the charge. Johnston’s mother was a passenger in a motor driven by him on June 10. The car crashed into a tree at Canterbury and the mother was fatally injured. Witnesses for the Crown said the car was travelling on the wrong side of the road at 60 miles an hour. Johnston said his brakes failed to act, and that he was only travelling at 30 miles an hour.

 

ON THIS DAY – April 24, 1934

PRAHRAN

CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER

A finding of criminal negligence amounting to manslaughter against a motor car driver was recorded by the corner (Mr McLean P M ) at the city morgue. At about 6.45 p m on April 24 in High street Prahran, Charles Duigan Naples, aged 70 years, salesman of High Street, Armadale was knocked down and killed by a motor car driven by John Reuben Beddlson, engineer, of 58 Barclay avenue Malvern. Constable William C Smith in evidence said that after the accident Beddlson smelt strongly of intoxicating liquor and had to catch the handle of the car door to steady himself. Beddlson had to be assisted to the police station and during tests there was unsteady on his feet and thick in his speech Dr R. Miller of High street Armadale said that in his opinion Beddlson, was not in a fit condition to drive a car. Beddlson he said, told him he had had four bottles of beer that afternoon. Beddlson was committed for trial at the Court of General Sessions on July 2 Bail of £150 and a similar surety was granted.

 

ON THIS DAY ……… March 10, 1934

HAMILTON

Arising out of an altercation between James Alexander Hearne, aged 47 years, and his cousin, Daniel Bourke, aged 55 years, had an altercation on the 10th of march 1934. The fight happened on the Digby road, about a mile out of Hamilton, where Hearne was stabbed near the heart, and died on the way to hospital. Bourke was charged with the murder of Hearne, but stated that he did not intend to murder Hearne. Hearne was the aggressor, and had struck him on the face. At the time he was cutting tobacco, and when Hearne struck him he held up the hand containing the knife to defend himself. As Hearne left him he called out that he would see him again. He did not know that he had stabbed Hearne. Had he done so he would not have left Hearne on the road. Hearne had threatened his life many times in the last 30 years. The Court committed Bourke for trial at the General Sessions at Hamilton on a charge of manslaughter. Bail was fixed in a personal bond of £200, and one surety of £200.

 

 

On this day …….. 3rd of August 1955

A youth who stole the Langi Kal Kal training centre truck to escape on March 31 was gaoled for three months on this day in 1955. He is George Edward Bennett, 17, of Dunlop ave., Ascot Vale, who told Judge Moore in General Sessions that he escaped for “no apparent reason.” Bennett said the inmates were well treated and housed in nice surroundings. Mr. G. K. Sutton, Crown prosecutor, said Bennett had been sentenced to imprisonment for shop breaking and illegal use of a car since he had escaped from the centre. Judge Moore said Bennett seemed to have started a life of crime at an early age. “I wonder if some time someone can make you stop and think for awhile,” he told Bennett. He remanded three other escapees for sentence. They are: Cyril Charles Hall, 20, of David st., Launceston; Ronald Arthur Barber, 17, of Napier st., Fitzroy; and Leonard Wigley, l8, of Cromwell st.,

 

ON THIS DAY – June 10, 1930

CANTERBURY

Charged with the manslaughter of his mother, Harold Johnston, a seaman in the Royal Australian Navy, wept while giving evidence in the General Sessions. He was acquitted of the charge. Johnston’s mother was a passenger in a motor driven by him on June 10. The car crashed into a tree at Canterbury and the mother was fatally injured. Witnesses for the Crown said the car was travelling on the wrong side of the road at 60 miles an hour. Johnston said his brakes failed to act, and that he was only travelling at 30 miles an hour.

 

ON THIS DAY – April 24, 1934

PRAHRAN

CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER

A finding of criminal negligence amounting to manslaughter against a motor car driver was recorded by the corner (Mr McLean P M ) at the city morgue. At about 6.45 p m on April 24 in High street Prahran, Charles Duigan Naples, aged 70 years, salesman of High Street, Armadale was knocked down and killed by a motor car driven by John Reuben Beddlson, engineer, of 58 Barclay avenue Malvern. Constable William C Smith in evidence said that after the accident Beddlson smelt strongly of intoxicating liquor and had to catch the handle of the car door to steady himself. Beddlson had to be assisted to the police station and during tests there was unsteady on his feet and thick in his speech Dr R. Miller of High street Armadale said that in his opinion Beddlson, was not in a fit condition to drive a car. Beddlson he said, told him he had had four bottles of beer that afternoon. Beddlson was committed for trial at the Court of General Sessions on July 2 Bail of £150 and a similar surety was granted.

 

ON THIS DAY ……… March 10, 1934

HAMILTON

Arising out of an altercation between James Alexander Hearne, aged 47 years, and his cousin, Daniel Bourke, aged 55 years, had an altercation on the 10th of march 1934. The fight happened on the Digby road, about a mile out of Hamilton, where Hearne was stabbed near the heart, and died on the way to hospital. Bourke was charged with the murder of Hearne, but stated that he did not intend to murder Hearne. Hearne was the aggressor, and had struck him on the face. At the time he was cutting tobacco, and when Hearne struck him he held up the hand containing the knife to defend himself. As Hearne left him he called out that he would see him again. He did not know that he had stabbed Hearne. Had he done so he would not have left Hearne on the road. Hearne had threatened his life many times in the last 30 years. The Court committed Bourke for trial at the General Sessions at Hamilton on a charge of manslaughter. Bail was fixed in a personal bond of £200, and one surety of £200.