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ON THIS DAY – March 31, 2004

Masked gunmen entered the Brunswick Club on Sydney Road, Brunswick, at approximately 6.40pm on 31 March 2004, driving a Ford Falcon EF XR6 station wagon. Moran ran from his place at the bar, over a poker machine, through a glass window before the gunman caught up with him and shot him twice, the fatal bullet being fired into the back of his head from a few centimetres away. Associate Herbert “Bertie” Wrout was severely wounded but survived the attack. Keith Faure, his brother Noel Faure and associate Evangelos Goussis were charged with the murder. On 3 May 2006, Faure pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 19 years for the murders of Moran and Lewis Caine, who was killed two months after Moran. Former Kickboxing champ Goussis, 40, of Geelong was found guilty of Moran’s murder on 29 May 2008 in the Victorian Supreme Court. Goussis had stormed into the Brunswick Club and shot Moran as he cowered in a corner. Goussis and two others reportedly accepted a $150,000 contract from Tony Mokbel to kill Moran, the Victorian Supreme Court heard. After five days deliberation, the jury also found Goussis guilty of intentionally causing serious injury to Wrout, but not guilty of his attempted murder. Goussis was also convicted of murdering Caine. In February 2009, Goussis was sentenced to a minimum 30 years in prison for Moran’s murder. Lewis Moran was suspected in ordering the death of underworld Hitman Dino Dibra. On 7 May 2007, Carl Williams was convicted of commissioning Lewis Moran’s murder, and sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment. Williams died in Barwon prison, on 19 April 2010, as the result of an attack by a fellow inmate.

 

On This Day ……. 10th May 1900

An assault of a most unprovoked character was committed outside of Menzies’ hotel, in Bourke street, Melbourne on this day in 1900, the assailant being a man named Patrick Prendereast. Whilst Michael Gosa a warder in the Geelong gaol, was passing in front of the hotel, he was suddenly struck-by Prendergast a violent blow. Turning round, Goss saw his assailant in a fighting attitude, but before Prendergast could deliver another blow, Goss had grappled him and thrown him down. At the City Court, Prendergast was charged with unlawful assault, and sentenced to three months’ imprisonment.

 

ON THIS DAY – April 28, 1926

GREENSBOROUGH

2 YEARS FOR MANSLAUGHTER

John Rotherwood Williams, boot-maker, was sentenced to two years’ gaol for the manslaughter of William Thomas, a gardener at Greensborough, on April 28, 1926. The evidence showed that when Williams’ car collided with Thomas’s cart he left Thomas lying seriously injured on the roadway, despite his cries for help. Thomas died later.

 

ON THIS DAY – March 31, 2004

Masked gunmen entered the Brunswick Club on Sydney Road, Brunswick, at approximately 6.40pm on 31 March 2004, driving a Ford Falcon EF XR6 station wagon. Moran ran from his place at the bar, over a poker machine, through a glass window before the gunman caught up with him and shot him twice, the fatal bullet being fired into the back of his head from a few centimetres away. Associate Herbert “Bertie” Wrout was severely wounded but survived the attack. Keith Faure, his brother Noel Faure and associate Evangelos Goussis were charged with the murder. On 3 May 2006, Faure pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 19 years for the murders of Moran and Lewis Caine, who was killed two months after Moran. Former Kickboxing champ Goussis, 40, of Geelong was found guilty of Moran’s murder on 29 May 2008 in the Victorian Supreme Court. Goussis had stormed into the Brunswick Club and shot Moran as he cowered in a corner. Goussis and two others reportedly accepted a $150,000 contract from Tony Mokbel to kill Moran, the Victorian Supreme Court heard. After five days deliberation, the jury also found Goussis guilty of intentionally causing serious injury to Wrout, but not guilty of his attempted murder. Goussis was also convicted of murdering Caine. In February 2009, Goussis was sentenced to a minimum 30 years in prison for Moran’s murder. Lewis Moran was suspected in ordering the death of underworld Hitman Dino Dibra. On 7 May 2007, Carl Williams was convicted of commissioning Lewis Moran’s murder, and sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment. Williams died in Barwon prison, on 19 April 2010, as the result of an attack by a fellow inmate.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 26th March 1910

John William Crabtree, a grocer who’s premises were destroyed by an explosion on this day in 1910. Crabtree was taken to the Melbourne Hospital where he died. During the inquest to his death, Crabtree was found to be an escaped prison. In 1885, Crabtree had been sentenced to 10 years in gaol from stealing horse in Christchurch, New Zealand, but escaped Mount Cook Gaol before arriving in Melbourne.

 

 

On This Day – 24th March 1863

Convict William Gilmore was charged at the Geelong Gaol with disobedience of orders by the Senior Turnkey and was sentenced to 24 hours solitary confinement by Governor Charles Brodie.

 

On This Day – 13th March 1867

Convict William Henry Strut was charged at the Geelong Gaol, with disobedience of orders by Turnkey Wheatland and was sentenced to 48 hours solitary confinement with bread and water by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 13th March 1867

Convict Elizabeth O’Connor was charged at the Geelong Gaol with disobedience of orders by the Female Turnkey Mary Byrne and was sentenced to 48 hours solitary confinement with bread and water by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 12th March 1868

Convict Alice Smith was charged at the Geelong Gaol with insolence by Female Turnkey Murphy and was sentenced to 24 hours of bread and water by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 11th March 1862

Convict Ellen Donovan was charged at the Geelong Gaol with Insolence to the Matron and was sentenced to 24 hours solitary confinement by The Gaoler.

 

 

On This Day – 11th March 1858

Convict John Sullivan was charged at Geelong gaol, with misconduct by The Gaoler and sentenced to 6 days solitary confinement by The Gaoler.

 

 

On This Day – 10th March 1868

Convict George Ash was charged at the Geelong Gaol with Assault of a fallow prisoner Stewart and was sentenced to 24 hours on bread and water by the Governor.