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ON THIS DAY – July 28, 1934

After having heard evidence at an inquest today into the death of a newly-born male child, whose body was found by a railway employee while cleaning out a carriage at the Joilmont yards on July 28. The coroner (Mr. Grant) committed Edith Clyne, aged 20, formerly a nurse employed at the Queen’s Memorial Hospital, Fairfield, for trial at the Supreme Court on a charge of murder.

ON THIS DAY – July 16, 1983

Murder verdict

A man alleged to have shot his tenant dead after bad feeling had developed because the tenant had failed to shut a security gate and had parked his car in the courtyard instead of in the garage was found guilty of murder in the Supreme Court in Melbourne on Thursday. Mr Fadil Zecevic was found guilty of having murdered Mr Harold Peter Triebel at a block of flats in Pascoe Vale on July 16, 1983.

ON THIS DAY….. 10th July 1914

In the Brunswick court when Frank White (22) appeared on a charge of having inflicted grievous bodily harm upon Richard Wood on July 10, the charge was altered to one of the murder. Sergeant McLoughlin said Wood died in the Melbourne Hospital as the result of a depressed fracture of the skull, alleged to have been caused by a blow with a bottle from White. White was further remanded, and bail was refused. Subsequently Mr Justice Hodges, in the Supreme Court, granted bail in two sureties of £500 each, and White’s own bond of £1000.

 

On This Day ……. 27th June 1910

John McDonald were taken from the Geelong Gaol to Ballarat on this day in 1910 to stand trial at the Supreme Court for alleged larceny at Shelford.

ON THIS DAY – June 20, 1966

CHILTERN

15 lights of a semi-trailer rammed by a passenger bus near Chiltern should have been visible to anyone following it, the prosecutor, Mr J. F. Howse, said in the Supreme Court. He said that shortly before the crash, in which five passengers in a Red line Bus were killed, the transport had been negotiating a long, sweeping bend. This meant the truck’s eight rear lights and six or seven sidelights would have been visible lo anyone following. Mr Howse was opening the trial of Clarence Joseph Cook, 43, of Walker Street, Yass. bus driver, who has pleaded not guilty to five charges of manslaughter. Cook was driving the bus from Yass lo Melbourne on June 20 when it ran into the rear of a transport driven by Ian Robert Sams, of Hinnema Street, Panania, Sydney. The jury was taken by bus lo inspect the crash scene and the section of the Hume Highway leading to the area, 172, miles from Melbourne, this afternoon. The trial will continue be fore Mr Justice Lush tomorrow.

 

ON THIS DAY – June 9, 1917

Francis Dunin charged with the murder of Thomas Roberts at Cassilis by shooting on June the 9th was found guilty by a jury in the Supreme Court, after twenty minutes retirement. The jury added a rider that when accused shot through the door he had only intended to injure, not kill, Roberts. Sentence of death was passed by Mr Justice Cussen. Mr Leon prosecuted. Mr Maxwell, who defended accused, called no witnesses, but argued that the case was one of manslaughter.

 

On This Day – November 11, 1941

 After a short retirement a jury at the Warrnambool Supreme Court today acquitted Mrs. Vida Bridget Couch aged 25 years, of the murder or manslaughter of her husband, Arthur Lawrence Couch, on November 11. The Crown said that Couch was standing on one side of a closed door and his wife on the other when a gunshot crashed through the door and entered Couch’s heart. Matthew John Parsons, a neighbor, said that deceased was frequently beating or illtreating his wife.

‪ON THIS DAY – October 19, 1945

 

A mother of six children was charged in the Bendigo Supreme Court today with the murder of her husband who, according to the Crown, was stabbed in the abdomen on October 19 after he arrived home ‘drunk and in raging temper.’ The accused is Mrs. Dorothy Franklin (42) and the husband was Eric Franklin (41), a railway fitter who died in hospital on October 20. The Crown Prosecutor said that the statement made by Mrs. Franklin declared that her husband struck her several times and attempted to kill her. When he struck her again she seized a bread knife and threatened to run it into him if he came near her. The next thing she knew was that he had been stabbed. In hospital her husband told her to say that he had tripped and fallen against the knife. After 20 minutes consideration the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.

On This Day – September 20, 1916

At the Sale Supreme Court, Victoria, on Tuesday, last, Leslie Thompson, aged 14 years, pleaded guilty to a charge of having administered poison in a manner likely to endanger life at Combimbar on September 20. The facts were that Thompson was living with a family at Combimbar, with whom John Patrick Ward, the schoolmaster, a single man, was boarding, Ward was also postmaster.  A sum of money, about £1, belonging to the State School Patriotic Fund, was missed, and Thompson was suspected of the theft. Knowing that Ward suspected him, Thompson set about trying to remove Ward. He obtained a tin of strychnine, and put some in the milk and some in the teapot which was used by the family with whom Ward was boarding. Thompson, instead of drinking his tea, went outside and threw it away. The milk was thought to be bitter, and was thrown out. Ward was in the habit of taking breakfast later than the family, and porridge was set aside for him on the stove. Into this Thompson stirred some strychnine. Ward gave a spoonful to one of the children, who said that it tasted nasty,” and spat it out. Ward then tasted it an also noticed that it was unpleasant. The porridge was thrown out to some animals, and a dog and a pig , which ate some of it, died. Ward had a habit of sucking the end of his pen, and on this Thompson smeared strychnine, Ward put the pen into his mouth; and only saved his life by causing himself to vomit. His Honor Mr. Justice Hodges said it was a most diabolical attempt to take life. The schoolmaster was the one Thompson wished to hit, but he did not care how many suffered, or now many lives were endangered. If Thompson were a bit older there was not the slightest doubt that he would have been hanged. Thompson was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment with hard labor

ON THIS DAY – July 28, 1934

After having heard evidence at an inquest today into the death of a newly-born male child, whose body was found by a railway employee while cleaning out a carriage at the Joilmont yards on July 28. The coroner (Mr. Grant) committed Edith Clyne, aged 20, formerly a nurse employed at the Queen’s Memorial Hospital, Fairfield, for trial at the Supreme Court on a charge of murder.

ON THIS DAY – July 16, 1983

Murder verdict

A man alleged to have shot his tenant dead after bad feeling had developed because the tenant had failed to shut a security gate and had parked his car in the courtyard instead of in the garage was found guilty of murder in the Supreme Court in Melbourne on Thursday. Mr Fadil Zecevic was found guilty of having murdered Mr Harold Peter Triebel at a block of flats in Pascoe Vale on July 16, 1983.

ON THIS DAY….. 10th July 1914

In the Brunswick court when Frank White (22) appeared on a charge of having inflicted grievous bodily harm upon Richard Wood on July 10, the charge was altered to one of the murder. Sergeant McLoughlin said Wood died in the Melbourne Hospital as the result of a depressed fracture of the skull, alleged to have been caused by a blow with a bottle from White. White was further remanded, and bail was refused. Subsequently Mr Justice Hodges, in the Supreme Court, granted bail in two sureties of £500 each, and White’s own bond of £1000.