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On This Day ……. 13th June 1901

An Indian, who had developed symptoms of insanity since his transfer to the Geelong gaol from Melbourne, was token to the Yarra Bend Asylum. With the Indian travelled an elderly lunatic patient who was committed to the Kew Asylum by the Geelong bench. The pair were under the care of Mounted constables Toomey and M’Phee.

ON THIS DAY – December 17, 1932

Accused Man’s Insanity.

William John Daly, 54, was charged at the Bendigo Court with the murder of Emily Louisa Cherry, 48, at Woodvale, on this day in 1932. Counsel for the accused said that Daly was mentally unfit to plead. A jury found Daly not guilty on the grounds of insanity. Daly was ordered to be detained during the Governor’s pleasure.

 

ON THIS DAY – November 2, 1907

The trial of Thomas Treloar, on a charge of murdering Mary Patterson at Albert Park on November 2, was concluded to-day. Accused had been keeping company with a granddaughter of deceased,and on the latter remonstrating with him on his conduct he seized an iron bar from the fireplace and felled deceased with it. She afterwards died in the hospital. Accused also attacked the girl and her mother with a bar. Several witnesses were called for the defence to show that there was insanity in accused’s family. The girl also stated that on one occasion she took from his pocket a bottle of poison, a razor, and a letter, saying he intended to commit suicide. Treloar was found guilty, and. sentenced to death.

ON THIS DAY – October 30, 1955

John Kevin Seach, 26, quarry worker, was sentenced to death in the Central Criminal Court today after a jury convicted him of murder. Seach, who showed no emotion when the verdict was announced, had pleaded not guilty, on grounds of insanity, of murdering John Frederick Ward, 7, at Portland on October 30 last year. The Chief Justice (Mr. Justice Street) described Seach’s crime as an abhorrent and detestable one. The Crown Prosecutor (Mr. C. V. Rooney, KC) said that Ward and another boy, Albert Colin Spiers, 7, disappeared while they were attending a sports meeting at Portland on October 30. Their bodies were found in a cave four days later. It was alleged that Seach had lured them to a cave in a local quarry, claiming that he would show them some pigeons’ nests.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – October 24, 1934

Mrs Ena McKenzie, 38, who allegedly who drowned her three children in the sea at Cowes on October 24. was to-day acquitted by the Criminal Court of a charge of murder on the grounds of insanity. Evidence was given that Mrs McKenzie had a distressing line of hardship, until her health broke down.

ON THIS DAY…… 26th September 1889

John Macnamara, labourer, aged forty, was tried on this day in 1889, before Justice Hodges for the murder of Robert George Frey in a hut at Pakenham. After hearing the medical evidence as to the prisoner’s state of mind. His Honour expressed the opinion that it was not necessary to go further with the case, as the Jury would certainly find a verdict of not guilty on the ground of insanity. The Jury, by direction, returned that verdict, and His Honour ordered the prisoner to be detained in strict custody in Melbourne Gaol pending His Excellency’s pleasure.

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 26th September 1934

After a retirement of about three hours the jury found John Hope Boles guilty of the murder of Kathleen Dorman aged 28 years on this day in 1934. They added a strong recommendation to mercy. Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy, before whom the case was tried in the Criminal Court, sentenced Boles to death, adding that the recommendation would he forwarded to the proper quarter. Boles was charged with the murder of Miss Dorman in July, 1933. He was arrested a year after the murder at Ensay, near Omeo, where he had been working as a rabbit trapper. Mr. Mulvaney, who appeared for Boles, indicated that the defence would be a plea of temporary Insanity. He called evidence to show that Boles had talked of suicide before the murder, and he also called psychiatrist, Dr. Godfrey, to prove that Boles was of neurotic temperament. Boles, in a statement from the dock, said that his relationship with Miss Dorman were of the most innocent kind. Both of them were passionately In love, but when he lost his employment he could think of nothing but suicide. When he called on Miss Dorman for the last time he intended to leave her, and then take his own life. He had no recollection of events immediately before or after the murder, and it was not until some time after he left Miss Dorman’s house that he realised that he had done something terrible.  Boles, who was greatly affected while making his statement, concluded saying: “Whatever happens to me now whatever the verdict may be, no one can feel the terrible horror that I feel when I realised what I had done to her the only one In this world that I loved and adored.”

 

On This Day – September 14, 1914

Accused Sentenced to Death

The Italian, Antonio Soro, was found guilty in the Criminal Court to-day of the murder at Royal-park, on September 14, of Miss Patricia Angela Bickett, school-teacher, aged 28, and was sentenced to death. Expert evidence was given of the accused’s sanity.

When the jury brought in a verdict of guilty Soro trembled and sobbed violent-ly and when asked if he had anything to say why sentence of death should not be passed on him made no reply. Mr. Justice Hood then pronounced sentence of death.

On This Day ……. 13th June 1901

An Indian, who had developed symptoms of insanity since his transfer to the Geelong gaol from Melbourne, was token to the Yarra Bend Asylum. With the Indian travelled an elderly lunatic patient who was committed to the Kew Asylum by the Geelong bench. The pair were under the care of Mounted constables Toomey and M’Phee.

ON THIS DAY …….. 24th March 1890

ST KILDA

Henry Bennett was charged with the murder of his uncle, George Thomas May, at St. Kilda, on this day in 1890. A plea of insanity was advanced by the defence. Bennett, who is a youth, shot May alleging that he had mistreated his mother, Mrs. Bennett.

 

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 28, 1892

Arthur Pattison, a farmer at Caniambo in North East Victoria was charged with the murder of his three children. In February 1892 Pattison, massacred his three young children, Arthur aged five, Florence aged six, and Margaret, aged eight, whilst they lay in bed. The instrument used was an axe, which was taken with difficulty from Pattison. It was shown that monetary troubles had, unhinged prisoner’s mind. In court the jury acquitted Pattison on the ground of insanity, and he was ordered to be detained in the Beechworth gaol during the Governor’s pleasure.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 8, 1927

DONALD

Beatrice Ivy Adcock aged 18 years was charged with having murdered on this day in 1927, a male child at Donald. Accused pleaded not guilty. A verdict of not guilty was returned on the grounds of insanity at the time, and Adcock will be detained at the female prison at Coburg until her case is dealt with.