ON THIS DAY – JULY 6, 1887
Bridget Mephan arrived from Wagga this afternoon. Numbers of people assembled at the various stations along the line, but there was no demonstration of feeling towards the prisoner, she appears depressed, and say’s nothing, She will be brought up on Monday, and remanded. A reticule and papers in her possession were blood stained. Her dress and other articles will be taken to Melbourne on Monday to be analysed. The murdered woman was buried before Mrs Mephan’s arrival.
Bridget Mephan, described as a laundress, was charged at the Wagga Police Court yesterday with the murder of her sister, Annie Callow, at Wangaratta, last Wednesday. The evidence of Senior-sergeant Powell was to the effect that he arrested the accused at Fuller’s Hotel, Wagga, on Friday morning, and charged her with the murder. She made no reply, but afterwards stated that she was not at Wangaratta at the time. On a small hand-bag in the prisoner’s possession were spots of blood, which she said were from a scratch caused by the handle of the bag, but on this there were no stains. On the application of the police the prisoner was remanded to Wangaratta, and was sent away by the morning train. The accused had been an old resident of Wagga.