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ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1948

BENTLEIGH

SIX YEAR FOR MANSLAUGHTER

“In my opinion, your crime was particularly bad, and you are Lucky that the charge of which you were found guilty was not one of murder,” said Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy in the Criminal Court to-day when sentencing’ Esbert Robin Ridgeway (24), of Bruce street, Bentleigh, truck driver, to six years’ imprisonment. His Honor said the Jury found Ridgeway guilty of manslaughter with a recommendation to mercy He had taken this recommendation into account or he would have imposed a more severe sentence, but it was his responsibility to impose a substantial penalty. Ridgeway first came before the Criminal Court in December on a charge of the manslaughter of Vincent Patrick Quinn (28), of Bendigo street, Bentleigh, bricklayer. The jury disagreed, and Ridgeway was again brought before the Court at a subsequent sitting on the same charge. The evidence showed that on April 20 a fracas occurred in a Bentleigh cafe. Ridgeway was put out, but the melee continued in the street Ridgeway was seen to have a knife and “take a swlng” with it. Immediately afterwards, groaning came from Quinn, who sank to the ground and subsequently died.

 

ON THIS DAY……. 14th May 1948

“You are lucky not to have been found guilty of a more serious charge,” Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy told Leo Vincent Kinsella (35), labourer, when he sentenced him In the Criminal Court to seven years’ hard labour after he bad been found guilty of manslaughter. A Jury found Kinsella guilty of the manslaughter of Frank Vickers (35), labourer, whoso terribly battered body was found in a lane way in West Melbourne on May 14. The Jury decided that Kinsella was not guilty of murder and that Frank Randle Brown (42), a seasonal worker, who was charged with Kinsella, had no part in the killing of Vickers.

ON THIS DAY – April 30, 1950

NORTH MELBOURNE

Five hours after retirement, a Criminal Court jury found James Raymond O’Keefe, 58, barrister, guilty of the murder of his crippled wife at their home in North Melbourne on this day in 1950. Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy sentenced O’Keefe to death. He said he would pass on the jury’s strong recommendation for mercy, which he would second. Shortly after the jury retired, they returned to ask whether mental or emotional provocation would justify manslaughter after physical provocation. When the Judge replied, “No,” Mr. Monahan, K.C., Senior Counsel for O’Keefe, objected. The Judge said the objection would be noted. Addresses by Counsel revealed conflict between the Crown and the defence whether some words in a confession to police by O’Keefe showed it to be a “mercy killing.” O’Keefe made no effort to tell the Court the story of happenings on the Sunday when he first attacked his wife with a knife, which was wrenched from him. Evidence stated that O’Keefe used a bread knife. After a five minute struggle, he inflicted fatal wounds on her throat. Instead of putting O’Keefe into the witness box, his counsel called 16 witnesses to say that O’Keefe was a kindly, considerate husband, whose tolerance to his wife’s tantrums had collapsed when his practice was ruined and his patience exhausted.

 

ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1948

BENTLEIGH

SIX YEAR FOR MANSLAUGHTER

“In my opinion, your crime was particularly bad, and you are Lucky that the charge of which you were found guilty was not one of murder,” said Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy in the Criminal Court to-day when sentencing’ Esbert Robin Ridgeway (24), of Bruce street, Bentleigh, truck driver, to six years’ imprisonment. His Honor said the Jury found Ridgeway guilty of manslaughter with a recommendation to mercy He had taken this recommendation into account or he would have imposed a more severe sentence, but it was his responsibility to impose a substantial penalty. Ridgeway first came before the Criminal Court in December on a charge of the manslaughter of Vincent Patrick Quinn (28), of Bendigo street, Bentleigh, bricklayer. The jury disagreed, and Ridgeway was again brought before the Court at a subsequent sitting on the same charge. The evidence showed that on April 20 a fracas occurred in a Bentleigh cafe. Ridgeway was put out, but the melee continued in the street Ridgeway was seen to have a knife and “take a swlng” with it. Immediately afterwards, groaning came from Quinn, who sank to the ground and subsequently died.

 

ON THIS DAY……. 14th May 1948

“You are lucky not to have been found guilty of a more serious charge,” Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy told Leo Vincent Kinsella (35), labourer, when he sentenced him In the Criminal Court to seven years’ hard labour after he bad been found guilty of manslaughter. A Jury found Kinsella guilty of the manslaughter of Frank Vickers (35), labourer, whoso terribly battered body was found in a lane way in West Melbourne on May 14. The Jury decided that Kinsella was not guilty of murder and that Frank Randle Brown (42), a seasonal worker, who was charged with Kinsella, had no part in the killing of Vickers.

ON THIS DAY – April 30, 1950

NORTH MELBOURNE

Five hours after retirement, a Criminal Court jury found James Raymond O’Keefe, 58, barrister, guilty of the murder of his crippled wife at their home in North Melbourne on this day in 1950. Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy sentenced O’Keefe to death. He said he would pass on the jury’s strong recommendation for mercy, which he would second. Shortly after the jury retired, they returned to ask whether mental or emotional provocation would justify manslaughter after physical provocation. When the Judge replied, “No,” Mr. Monahan, K.C., Senior Counsel for O’Keefe, objected. The Judge said the objection would be noted. Addresses by Counsel revealed conflict between the Crown and the defence whether some words in a confession to police by O’Keefe showed it to be a “mercy killing.” O’Keefe made no effort to tell the Court the story of happenings on the Sunday when he first attacked his wife with a knife, which was wrenched from him. Evidence stated that O’Keefe used a bread knife. After a five minute struggle, he inflicted fatal wounds on her throat. Instead of putting O’Keefe into the witness box, his counsel called 16 witnesses to say that O’Keefe was a kindly, considerate husband, whose tolerance to his wife’s tantrums had collapsed when his practice was ruined and his patience exhausted.

 

ON THIS DAY – April 20, 1948

BENTLEIGH

SIX YEAR FOR MANSLAUGHTER

“In my opinion, your crime was particularly bad, and you are Lucky that the charge of which you were found guilty was not one of murder,” said Mr. Justice Gavan Duffy in the Criminal Court to-day when sentencing’ Esbert Robin Ridgeway (24), of Bruce street, Bentleigh, truck driver, to six years’ imprisonment. His Honor said the Jury found Ridgeway guilty of manslaughter with a recommendation to mercy He had taken this recommendation into account or he would have imposed a more severe sentence, but it was his responsibility to impose a substantial penalty. Ridgeway first came before the Criminal Court in December on a charge of the manslaughter of Vincent Patrick Quinn (28), of Bendigo street, Bentleigh, bricklayer. The jury disagreed, and Ridgeway was again brought before the Court at a subsequent sitting on the same charge. The evidence showed that on April 20 a fracas occurred in a Bentleigh cafe. Ridgeway was put out, but the melee continued in the street Ridgeway was seen to have a knife and “take a swlng” with it. Immediately afterwards, groaning came from Quinn, who sank to the ground and subsequently died.