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On This Day – June 27, 1930

Murder and suicide was the finding of the City Coroner (Mr. Grant, P.M.) today after the inquiry into the death of George Young, horse trainer, and Lily Maude Veal, 49, whose bodies were found after a violent quarrel at a house in Kent street, Richmond, on June 27.

The deceased man and woman were known as Mr. and Mrs. Shipp. They had frequent violent quarrels The evidence showed that Young killed the woman by firing three revolver bullets into her body, and he then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

ON THIS DAY – June 22, 1983

On Wednesday 22nd June, 1983, Senior Constable Lindsay Forsythe responded to a report that lights had been seen in an unoccupied house in Maldon. On arrival he was ambushed and fatally shot by a person who had been laying in wait for him. The offender was later caught and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Victoria Police Star was awarded posthumously to Senior Constable Lindsay James Forsythe who was tragically murdered during the course of his duties at Maldon.

ON THIS DAY – June 17, 1917

SHIELDING A MURDERER

Declaring there was a conspiracy of silence, Dr. R.H. Cole, City Coronoer, yesterday adjourned an inquiry into the death of Charles Edward Cleary, who was admitted to St. Vincents’s Hospital on June 3rd with a revolver bullet in his head and died on June 17th.  Dr. Cole said material witnesses were missing.  Harry and Ray Dunn should have been present, also the man Cutmore.  The inquiry would be adjourned until Thursday week to allow of their being called.

Continuing, Dr Cole said: -“Apparently the witness Johnson knows all about it.  He certainly knows a great deal more than he has said in the witness box.  The evidence of independent witnesses points to the fact that he was there when the shot was fired.  Johnson knows all about it.  I do not think he is shielding himself as much as other people.  He has adopted the same attitude as that of Cleary.  It is a conspiracy of silence; even the relatives are not anxious to have the matter disclosed.  It is very evident that Johnson is shielding someone.”

On This Day – June 13, 1936
SON CHARGED WITH MURDER.
Alexander Memery, aged 46, was shot dead in the kitchen of his farmhouse at Bookaar, near Camperdown, Victoria, on Saturday morning.
It was stated that James Alexander Memery, aged 19, son of the dead man, returned from rabbiting during a family quarrel, and that a pea-rifle he was carrying was discharged accidentally.  Mrs Memery summoned the Camperdown police, who took James Memery to the Camperdown police station, and, after questioning him, permitted him
to return to his home.
On Saturday night the police again visited the farm, and later James Memery was charged with murder.

ON THIS DAY – June 7, 1922

At Queenstown, on June 7, Rose Lillian Wood, aged four years, was shot dead while in a neighbour’s house. The City Coroner held an enquiry to-day, and Albert Thomas Miller, aged 17 years, was found guilty of manslaughter, and committed for trial. Ruby Irene Miller, aged 10 years, said that she saw the fatal shot fired. Miller took his gun from its nail on the wall, and said, “I should like to shoot some of those chickens.” The child then said, ‘Shoot me, Albe’. Then, said the witness, Miller swung round, there was a crashing report and the child fell to the floor, shot.

ON THIS DAY – June 5, 1908

The inquest on the death of Hugh Dunn, who was shot at Elsternwick on June 5 was continued to-day. As the result of a test made with the gun, it was shown that the shot must have been fired within a foot of Dunn’s body. The evidence of Edith Dunn, widow, of deceased, showed that on several occasions her late husband had ill-treated her. The hearing was adjourned.

ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1861

A lamentable catastrophe occurred in Collingwood on Saturday evening last, a man named Currie having first shot his wife, and afterwards attempted to commit suicide. The case appears to have been one arising from jealousy on the one side, and passion and drink upon the other. So far as at present known, the particulars may be briefly stated as follows — A man named George Currie, well known throughout the district from being the Inspector of Nuisances for the Fitzroy Municipality, has been living for some time in Moor street, Fitzroy, and latterly on very bad terms with his wife. Currie was a member of the local volunteer company, and formerly a sergeant in the police force. He was also an old soldier, having been engaged in the Caffre wars. His disputes with his wife arose partly from their being of different religions, and partly from her suspecting that he was keeping a mistress in the neighbourhood. During the last few weeks, Currie has taken to drink, and his quarrels with his wife became so violent that their friends endeavoured to effect a separation. Last Wednesday, matters appeared to reach a climax, as Currie then attempted his wife’s life with a loaded horse pistol, but she fortunately escaped from him. He was given into custody, and brought up the following morning, at the Fitzroy Police Court. The charge, however, was withdrawn, arrangements being made that Currie should allow his wife a separate maintenance, and go out of town until the necessary details were completed. Accordingly he went down to St. Kilda or Brighton, but returned the next day begging to be received home again. The wife consented, and to further pacify her, Currie purchased a silk dress; for which he paid seven guineas, and also gave her two gold rings, and a diamond ring. After this, Currie again became somewhat violent, and demanded money from the woman, a request which she refused to comply with Saturday, however, appealed likely to pass over quietly, although it is a fact, not without significance, that in the morning Currie made his will. During the day he was told off as one of the firing party to attend at the funeral of the volunteer who was buried on Saturday. Accordingly, about half past nine o’clock at night, after his return, he commenced to clean his rifle. There was nobody in the house at the time besides himself, his son, a lad of 13, and his wife. The lad was going to bed and his mother was passing into the bedroom, when suddenly, without speaking, Carrie, who mast previously have loaded his rifle, discharged it at her. The woman’s back was turned to him at the time, and the ball passed right through her body. She fell down, but recovering scrambled onto the bed.  Currie without displaying any alarm, picked her up in his arms, carried her out of the front door into the garden, and told his son to run for a doctor. Some men who were passing by took the woman, who was quite insensible, into the house again, and Dr Tracy, who was speedily in attendance, pronounced her case to be hopeless. Currie was of course taken into custody. He had been sitting in a chair, displaying the utmost indifference, though the room was swimming with his victim’s blood, and he freely acknowledged all the particulars of his crime. Shortly after he had been removed to the police station the son showed Dr Tracy a bottle, the contents of which he had seen his father swallow when leaving. This it was ascertained had contained laudanum, so that Currie, who had begun to show the effects of the poison, was conveyed to the Melbourne Hospital. The stomach pump was immediately applied, but it was not till, six o’clock that the surgeons were enabled to pronounce him out of danger and of course he is at present in a most exhausted condition. The unfortunate woman, his wife, became sensible during the night and her depositions were taken. They were simply that her husband had shot her without any provocation. She lingered in great pain until about 7 o’clock in the morning when she expired. Dr Tracy and Dr Featherstone made a post-mortem examination of the body. The district coroner held an inquest on it on Monday morning, and a verdict of wilful murder was returned.

ON THIS DAY – June 1, 1941

Charged with the murder of his wife, Beatrice May Stroud, aged 16 years and 10 months, Albert Edward Stroud, 20, of Wellington st. Collingwood, appeared before Sir Frederick Mann, Chief Justice, and a Jury in the Criminal Court yesterday.

In opening the Crown case, Mr. C. H. Book, KC, said that the accused had married his wife on December 21 last year. At that time he was In camp, but obtained leave for some days. After the marriage, they lived for a time with Mrs. Humphrey, mother of Mrs. Stroud, at St. Andrews, near Hurstbridge. Then they went to Mr. Whittick’s house in Wellington st., Collingwood. Stroud had told Mrs. Humphrey that if he ever saw his wife talking to another man except himself he would shoot her. On June 1 the Stroud’s were the only people In the house, as the Whitticks had gone away for the weekend. That morning accused stopped a motorist and asked him to take his wife to the hospital, as she had been accidentally shot. She died from severe internal hemorrhage due to a bullet wound.

After witnesses for the Crown had given evidence, accused gave evidence on oath. He said that up to June 1 he had never threatened to shoot his wife. On the morning of June 1 he got out of bed and went to the front room and got the rifle. His wife came into the room. He went to the dressing table and got a bullet, and she saw him put It in the rifle. He had hold of the stock and she took hold of the barrel, He went to drag the gun away from her. He told her it was loaded, and might go off.

He dragged it away from her and it swung her down on the bed. He had a finger on the trigger and one on the barrel. As he took the finger off the hammer it went off. He did not intend to shoot her, or shoot at her.

Stroud would be acquitted of all charges.

ON THIS DAY ……. 12th April 1942

MORDIALLOC

Leslie Edward Mansfield, aged 15, said to his mother after he had shot his father twice in the dining room of their home in Mordialloc on this day in 1942, “Now go to sleep, mum, you will have some peace.”

Mansfield was charged with murder to which he pleaded not guilty, but the trial came to an abrupt end when Mansfield’s counsel announced that the boy was willing to plead guilty to manslaughter if the murder charge was withdrawn. The Crown concurred. Mr Sproule said that Mansfield’s father had not been in the best of health, frequently came home drunk and was abusive and violent to his wife. Dr Clarence Godfrey, psychiatrist, said that the boy had a great attachment for his mother to the exclusion of all others. Mr Justice Gavan Duffy said it was a horrible case. “One cannot help feeling deep sympathy with the boy,” he said. “There was no possibility of his being treated in the ordinary manner.” The jury found Mansfield guilty of manslaughter and added a strong recommendation to mercy.

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 – December 20, 1940

FERNTREE GULLY

Found guilty of the murder of Alfred Thomas Atherton, 35, hotel useful, on the 20th of December, at Ferntree Gully, Morris Ansell, 19, metal polisher, of Victoria Street, Carlton, was sentenced to death by Mr. Justice Martin in the Criminal Court. The Jury added a strong recommendation for mercy because of Ansell’s youth. In the course of evidence at the trial, Mrs. Atherton, wife of the murdered man, said that she had been living apart from her husband. About eight months ago she met Ansell in a house in South Yarra, and two months later went to live at Ferntree Gully, and later at Victoria Street, Carlton. She had hoped to obtain a divorce so that she could marry Ansell. According to police evidence, Ansell confessed that he shot Atherton. An sell had said that he had arranged to go with Atherton to Ferntree Gully, where he Informed Atherton that Mrs. Atherton was working. Before leaving home he had placed his pea rifle under his coat. When walking along the road to Boronia, Atherton had said to him (An sell): ‘I suppose my wife is running about with other men. If I thought that she was in trouble I would kill her.’ Ansell told the police: ‘I said to myself I will kill you first.’ Ansell then said that ‘Atherton turned his head and I shot him.’

 

ON THIS DAY – November 17, 1924

At an inquest into the circumstances surrounding the death of William Henry Rolley, who was shot in Irvine street, Footscray (V.), on November 17, a few minutes before midnight, a verdict of wilful murder against an unknown man was recorded. Dennis John Bourke, a labourer, of Albert street, Footscray, said that he met Rolley in Nicholson street, and they walked about Nicholson and Irvine streets until after 11 o’clock. Each had bottles containing beer in his pockets. Rolley entered a lane near Irvine street, and was joined by a strange man. The stranger said, “I could do a drink,” and the three men drank together. Rolley suggested obtaining pies for supper, and they walked to a shop in Nicholson street. The third man placed a bottle of beer on the supper table, but removed it at the request of the shop keeper. Outside the shop Rolley said to the stranger. “Are you going to open that beer and he replied, No, I will take if home.” Rolley said. “Better open it. We have treated you well.” The beer was then opened and handed to witness, and as they were about to drink the stranger said “There are two constables.” The three men walked towards Irvine street, and as they turned the corner the unknown man began to hurry towards the railway station. Rolley called out, “Wait a minute.” and chased him. The stranger turned and fired two shots. Rolley fell on his face, with a wound in his forehead and another in his right shoulder.