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ON THIS DAY …….3rd August 1918

William Henry Mogdridge,18 years of age, who was found guilty of the manslaughter of Eugene Charles Vernon, 54 years of age at Abbotsford, on August 3, came before Mr. Justice Cussen, in the Criminal Court, for sentence yesterday. The jury made a strong recommendation for mercy. Mr. Justice Cussen passed sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment, to be Suspended on a bond of £100 be entered into for Mogdridge’s good behaviour, and his abstinence from intoxicating liquor For 5 years. Mr. Clarke, who conducted the defence, said that Mogdridge was going to enlist.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1913

A young domestic servant named Ellen Muston, was charged in the Criminal Court yesterday before Mr Justice Cussen with the wilful murder of her female child at Brighton on July 19. The Crown prosecutor (Mr Womarski, KC) conducted the case against the accused, who pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr E J Corr (of Messrs Corr and Corr) The accused gave evidence on her own behalf and the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on the grounds of insanity, and Muston was ordered to be detained in strict custody at the Church of England Home, Cheltenham, until the Governor’s pleasure was known.

ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1908

TONGALA WEST

At Bairnsdale Court, before Mr Justice Cussen, Edward Chomley was found guilty of having on the 22nd of December, attempted to murder John Hickey, husband of the licensee of the Mount Hepburn Hotel, Tongala West, by administering strychnine to him. Sentence of death was recorded, and the case will be considered by the Executive Council.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1908

TONGALA WEST

At Bairnsdale Court, before Mr Justice Cussen, Edward Chomley was found guilty of having on the 22nd of December, attempted to murder John Hickey, husband of the licensee of the Mount Hepburn Hotel, Tongala West, by administering strychnine to him. Sentence of death was recorded, and the case will be considered by the Executive Council.

 

ON THIS DAY …….3rd August 1918

William Henry Mogdridge,18 years of age, who was found guilty of the manslaughter of Eugene Charles Vernon, 54 years of age at Abbotsford, on August 3, came before Mr. Justice Cussen, in the Criminal Court, for sentence yesterday. The jury made a strong recommendation for mercy. Mr. Justice Cussen passed sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment, to be Suspended on a bond of £100 be entered into for Mogdridge’s good behaviour, and his abstinence from intoxicating liquor For 5 years. Mr. Clarke, who conducted the defence, said that Mogdridge was going to enlist.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1913

A young domestic servant named Ellen Muston, was charged in the Criminal Court yesterday before Mr Justice Cussen with the wilful murder of her female child at Brighton on July 19. The Crown prosecutor (Mr Womarski, KC) conducted the case against the accused, who pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr E J Corr (of Messrs Corr and Corr) The accused gave evidence on her own behalf and the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on the grounds of insanity, and Muston was ordered to be detained in strict custody at the Church of England Home, Cheltenham, until the Governor’s pleasure was known.

ON THIS DAY – February 9, 1908

At the Supreme Court John Charles Manning was charge with having murdered his wife, Mary Ada Manning, at Golden Square, Bendigo. On the February 9, Manning sliced his wife’s throat. Manning, who is of small stature, presented a haggard and aged appearance, and appeared to have aged in looks since the inquest. He still wore a bandage round his throat, thus covering the wounds which, after he was found alongside the dead body, of his wife, he acknowledged had been self-inflicted. George Rowley Manning, son of the prisoner and deceased, said his mother was a good, religious woman. He denied the truth of the accusations that had been made by the prisoner against, his mother in his diaries. The jury retired at 12 minutes past 4 o’clock, and returned with a verdict of guilty of murder at seven minutes to 6 o’clock. Prisoner staggered when asked if he had anything to say. He shook his head, and said in a weak voice, “I don’t plead guilty in my own conscience.” Mr. Justice Cussen, without changing his wig for the black cap, and still wearing his scarlet and ermine robes, then passed the sentence of death. The prisoner for a moment was motionless. Then he buried his face in his hands. When removed to the cells, however, he walked with a steady step.

Manning’s sentence of death was commuted to life imprisonment

 

ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1908

TONGALA WEST

At Bairnsdale Court, before Mr Justice Cussen, Edward Chomley was found guilty of having on the 22nd of December, attempted to murder John Hickey, husband of the licensee of the Mount Hepburn Hotel, Tongala West, by administering strychnine to him. Sentence of death was recorded, and the case will be considered by the Executive Council.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 22, 1908

TONGALA WEST

At Bairnsdale Court, before Mr Justice Cussen, Edward Chomley was found guilty of having on the 22nd of December, attempted to murder John Hickey, husband of the licensee of the Mount Hepburn Hotel, Tongala West, by administering strychnine to him. Sentence of death was recorded, and the case will be considered by the Executive Council.

 

ON THIS DAY …….3rd August 1918

William Henry Mogdridge,18 years of age, who was found guilty of the manslaughter of Eugene Charles Vernon, 54 years of age at Abbotsford, on August 3, came before Mr. Justice Cussen, in the Criminal Court, for sentence yesterday. The jury made a strong recommendation for mercy. Mr. Justice Cussen passed sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment, to be Suspended on a bond of £100 be entered into for Mogdridge’s good behaviour, and his abstinence from intoxicating liquor For 5 years. Mr. Clarke, who conducted the defence, said that Mogdridge was going to enlist.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 19, 1913

A young domestic servant named Ellen Muston, was charged in the Criminal Court yesterday before Mr Justice Cussen with the wilful murder of her female child at Brighton on July 19. The Crown prosecutor (Mr Womarski, KC) conducted the case against the accused, who pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr E J Corr (of Messrs Corr and Corr) The accused gave evidence on her own behalf and the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on the grounds of insanity, and Muston was ordered to be detained in strict custody at the Church of England Home, Cheltenham, until the Governor’s pleasure was known.

ON THIS DAY – February 9, 1908

At the Supreme Court John Charles Manning was charge with having murdered his wife, Mary Ada Manning, at Golden Square, Bendigo. On the February 9, Manning sliced his wife’s throat. Manning, who is of small stature, presented a haggard and aged appearance, and appeared to have aged in looks since the inquest. He still wore a bandage round his throat, thus covering the wounds which, after he was found alongside the dead body, of his wife, he acknowledged had been self-inflicted. George Rowley Manning, son of the prisoner and deceased, said his mother was a good, religious woman. He denied the truth of the accusations that had been made by the prisoner against, his mother in his diaries. The jury retired at 12 minutes past 4 o’clock, and returned with a verdict of guilty of murder at seven minutes to 6 o’clock. Prisoner staggered when asked if he had anything to say. He shook his head, and said in a weak voice, “I don’t plead guilty in my own conscience.” Mr. Justice Cussen, without changing his wig for the black cap, and still wearing his scarlet and ermine robes, then passed the sentence of death. The prisoner for a moment was motionless. Then he buried his face in his hands. When removed to the cells, however, he walked with a steady step.

Manning’s sentence of death was commuted to life imprisonment