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ON THIS DAY – June 27, 1979

City Court was told that a man alleged to have murdered Miss Lisa Maude Brearley at Olinda on August 8 had been on remand on another murder charge at the time. The prosecutor, Inspector D. Scott, said this in an application for the remand of Mr Robert Lindsay Wright, 24, who was charged with having murdered Miss Brearley. He also has been charged with having murdered Wayne Keith Smith at St Kilda on June 27. No pleas were entered and Mr Duffy, SM, allowed the police application and remanded Mr Wright in custody until September 26.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 9, 1944

 

On a charge of having murdered Iris Lorna May Jeffreys, 19, of South Melbourne at Olinda, on December 9, Darrel Ainslee Sutton, 19. of Stockton, Newcastle (New South Wales) was remanded in the City Court today until December 18. The Police Prosecutor (Sub-. Inspector Ainsworth) said it was alleged that Sutton met Miss Jeffreys at St. Kilda, on November 28, and travelled with her to Ferntree Gully. Both slept in various places in the bush until December 9, when. following something Miss Jeffreys said, Sutton hit her with a stone and choked her to death.

 

ON THIS DAY – June 27, 1979

City Court was told that a man alleged to have murdered Miss Lisa Maude Brearley at Olinda on August 8 had been on remand on another murder charge at the time. The prosecutor, Inspector D. Scott, said this in an application for the remand of Mr Robert Lindsay Wright, 24, who was charged with having murdered Miss Brearley. He also has been charged with having murdered Wayne Keith Smith at St Kilda on June 27. No pleas were entered and Mr Duffy, SM, allowed the police application and remanded Mr Wright in custody until September 26.

 

ON THIS DAY – May 19, 1934

BODY UNDER CULVERT

A Coroner’s inquiry was opened concerning the death of the Italian laborer named Rocco Petaulla, whoso charred body was found under a culvert at Balwyn by some children. Dr. D.H. Mollison, Government Pathologist, expressed the opinion that death was due to suffocation and haemorrhage following a blow on tho head. The witness said the face was almost unrecognisable, and the trunk was much charred, while on the left side of the frontal bone of the head there was a hole three-quarters of an inch in diameter. There was no evidence of a bullet in the skull. The injury could have been caused by the rounded end of a small tomahawk.  Two Italians named Antonio Chiodo and Antonio Audino, who have been charged with the murder of Petaulla, were present in custody. James Dallis, 28, motor-cycle wrecker of North Melbourne, said that he had done carrying work for Audino and Chiotlo. They came, to him on May 19 and told him that they had been robbed of £92. That night Chiodo returned, and said, that his brother wanted witness to take a parcel to Olinda, to raise some money. He would be paid £2 for the job.  When he went to the shop four Italians were talking excitedly in Italian. He waited a little while and was given £2. When he went outside, his cycle had been pushed up a small lane. There was a big tarpaulin on the trailer, and all he could see was a big, bulky object under, it. Chiodo and Audino sat on top, and they travelled to Balwyn, Chiodo told him to pull up, and they then lifted the object from the trailer. It was very dark. witness then returned home.  Chiodo replied that there was nothing wrong, and nothing that concerned him. “If anybody asks you, you know nothing about us,” he said to witness. They then left, and on the following Friday witness reported to Detective McGuffie.

POLICE EVIDENCE

Senior Detective McGuffie described the various pieces of clothing found burned in the culvert and the piece of hessian, and Italian dictionary also recovered.

Detective Rosewarne said that he recognised the clothing, when he previously searched Petaulla at the Detective Office. McGuffie related how he interviewed Trixtino and Chiodo, and told them that the police believed that the charred body was that of Petaulla, who had been murdered at Chiodo’s shop. Chiodo denied this, and also denied having given Dallis £2 to remove the body. When Audino came in he denied that Petaulla had been at the shop since the day he went to the detective office.  The inquest is not completed.

ON THIS DAY – December 9, 1944

 

On a charge of having murdered Iris Lorna May Jeffreys, 19, of South Melbourne at Olinda, on December 9, Darrel Ainslee Sutton, 19. of Stockton, Newcastle (New South Wales) was remanded in the City Court today until December 18. The Police Prosecutor (Sub-. Inspector Ainsworth) said it was alleged that Sutton met Miss Jeffreys at St. Kilda, on November 28, and travelled with her to Ferntree Gully. Both slept in various places in the bush until December 9, when. following something Miss Jeffreys said, Sutton hit her with a stone and choked her to death.

 

ON THIS DAY – June 27, 1979

City Court was told that a man alleged to have murdered Miss Lisa Maude Brearley at Olinda on August 8 had been on remand on another murder charge at the time. The prosecutor, Inspector D. Scott, said this in an application for the remand of Mr Robert Lindsay Wright, 24, who was charged with having murdered Miss Brearley. He also has been charged with having murdered Wayne Keith Smith at St Kilda on June 27. No pleas were entered and Mr Duffy, SM, allowed the police application and remanded Mr Wright in custody until September 26.

 

ON THIS DAY – May 19, 1934

BODY UNDER CULVERT

A Coroner’s inquiry was opened concerning the death of the Italian laborer named Rocco Petaulla, whoso charred body was found under a culvert at Balwyn by some children. Dr. D.H. Mollison, Government Pathologist, expressed the opinion that death was due to suffocation and haemorrhage following a blow on tho head. The witness said the face was almost unrecognisable, and the trunk was much charred, while on the left side of the frontal bone of the head there was a hole three-quarters of an inch in diameter. There was no evidence of a bullet in the skull. The injury could have been caused by the rounded end of a small tomahawk.  Two Italians named Antonio Chiodo and Antonio Audino, who have been charged with the murder of Petaulla, were present in custody. James Dallis, 28, motor-cycle wrecker of North Melbourne, said that he had done carrying work for Audino and Chiotlo. They came, to him on May 19 and told him that they had been robbed of £92. That night Chiodo returned, and said, that his brother wanted witness to take a parcel to Olinda, to raise some money. He would be paid £2 for the job.  When he went to the shop four Italians were talking excitedly in Italian. He waited a little while and was given £2. When he went outside, his cycle had been pushed up a small lane. There was a big tarpaulin on the trailer, and all he could see was a big, bulky object under, it. Chiodo and Audino sat on top, and they travelled to Balwyn, Chiodo told him to pull up, and they then lifted the object from the trailer. It was very dark. witness then returned home.  Chiodo replied that there was nothing wrong, and nothing that concerned him. “If anybody asks you, you know nothing about us,” he said to witness. They then left, and on the following Friday witness reported to Detective McGuffie.

POLICE EVIDENCE

Senior Detective McGuffie described the various pieces of clothing found burned in the culvert and the piece of hessian, and Italian dictionary also recovered.

Detective Rosewarne said that he recognised the clothing, when he previously searched Petaulla at the Detective Office. McGuffie related how he interviewed Trixtino and Chiodo, and told them that the police believed that the charred body was that of Petaulla, who had been murdered at Chiodo’s shop. Chiodo denied this, and also denied having given Dallis £2 to remove the body. When Audino came in he denied that Petaulla had been at the shop since the day he went to the detective office.  The inquest is not completed.

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 29, 1976

A notorious thug, now dead, is believed by Victorian police to be responsible for the disappearance of Australia’s first television celebrity chef. (who appeared on Channel Seven’s The Chef Presents) But detectives believe that there are still people alive that can provide them with information. Willi Koeppen, father of three, then 46, disappeared without trace from Olinda on February 29, 1976, and since then there has been plenty of speculation about who was responsible for the disappearance of the Cuckoo Restaurant co-owner. Alex Tsakmakis, a suspected serial killer who was convicted of two murders, was believed to have been involved in the disappearance. He was murdered in Pentridge in 1988. Russell Street bomber Craig Minogue battered Tsakmakis to death with a bagful of prison weights. There are many unanswered questions and the Homicide Squad Missing Persons Unit has appealed for anybody with any information to contact Crime Stoppers. “Ever after all these years we believe that somebody maybe could come forward with some information that could prove vital information,” Detective Inspector John Potter said. “He disappeared off the face of the earth and has never been seen since.”

 

 

12346699_220950038236132_54273387_nIn the bush at Olinda, in the Dandenong Ranges, the police early found the body of a 19-year-old girl. She had been throttled, and a mark on the back of the head indicated that she had either fallen on a sharp stone or had been struck. Letters found beneath the body gave police a clue to the name of the girl, Iris Lorna May Jeffries, of Ross st, South Melbourne. A phone call to Belgrave police from a man who said he was at Olinda Post Office caused PC Bentley to hurry to Olinda., “I have just killed a girl,” the caller ls alleged to have said. When Bentley reached the post office he was met by a youth. Together they walked along Ridge-road about quarter of a mlle from Mt. Dandenong Hotel, where they came upon the body of the girl. She had been dead some hours and her clothing had been saturated by rain. She was clothed except for the skirt which lay alongside. She had been seen for almost a fortnight in the ranges with a young man whom she met at Luna Park, in St. Kilda. They moved from one township to another, staying some nights at guest houses and others sleeping in the bush. On the afternoon of the 10th of December 1944 Daniel Ainslie Sutton 19, married seaman, of Stockton, NSW, was arrested on a charge of murder.

OLINDA

Remanded On Murder Charge

On a charge of having murdered Iris Lorna May Jeffreys, 19, of South Melbourne at Olinda, on December 9, Darrel Ainslee Sutton, 19. of Stockton, Newcastle (New South Wales) was remanded in the City Court today until December 18. The Police Prosecutor (Sub-. Inspector Ainsworth) said it was alleged that Sutton met Miss Jeffreys at St. Kilda, on November 28, and travelled with her to Ferntree Gully. Both slept in various places in the bush until December 9, when. following something Miss Jeffreys said, Sutton hit her with a stone and choked her to death.