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On this day …….. 3rd of August 1914

One of the men captured at Yea by Constable Buck and Mr Grant escaped from Kilmore gaol on the morning of the 3rd August 1914. He was taken back to the gaol.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 22, 1922

 

The second trial was concluded of Reuben Fox, aged 26 years, who was charged with the murder of Mrs Josephine McLaughlin on July 22. Mrs McLaughlin was murdered returning from a ball In the Yea Shire Hall. The body was then placed in the river. After a retirement of over seven hours, the foreman of the jury announced that an agreement could not be reached, and they were discharged. A third trial was then ordered.

ON THIS DAY – June 26, 1922

The inquest on the death of Mrs M’Laughlin was continued at Yea. Reuben Fox, who is charged with her murder, was present in custody. Detective Bruce said he went to Fox’s house and found a suit of clothes blood stained, also a blood stained hat and towel. Fox told him the blood stains were caused by falling against a wall and cutting his face on June 26. The cuts on his fingers were caused while he was slicing tobacco. He knew Mrs. M’Laughlin, but did not see her at the dance. Senior Constable gave evidence that Fox’s left boot corresponded with the imprint on the river bank, near where the body was recovered. In an imprint of the heel were 10 distinct nail marks, which corresponded with ten nails in Fox’s boots.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 16, 1936

KALKALLO

MAN’S ARM IMPALED ON TRUCK DOOR DRIVER FACES MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE

While standing on the Hume Highway, near Kalkallo on December 16, Frances Lovell, aged 47 years, retired farmer, of South Yarra, had his arm impaled on the door handle of a passing motor truck and was dragged a mile and a quarter before the truck stopped, according to evidence given at the Coroner’s Court to-day, when the inquest was held into Lovell’s death. Lovell, it was stated, had been watching a friend attend to the radiator of his car. When the truck stopped he was dead. The coroner committed the driver of the truck, Hewitt Edwin Smith, of Yea, for trial on a charge of manslaughter. Smith, giving evidence, said he did not know that his truck was dragging Lovell, and he had no knowledge of the accident until a man waved to him to stop. Lovell, it will be recalled, was accompanying some friends to Wagga when the fatal accident occurred,

ON THIS DAY…… 15th August 1923

The City Court was crowded when Reuben Fox, aged 35 years, labourer, was charged with having murdered Mrs Josephine Jane McLaughlin at Yea between July 22 and July 23. Fox appeared calm, and interjected intently to the Police’s brief outlined on the case against him. Sub-inspector T. Coonan said that on the morning of July 23 the body of Mrs. McLaughlin was found in the river at Yea. She had left her home on the previous night to to a dance, and she was seen returning towards her home. A post-mortem examination showed that she had several injuries on the head, that been inflicted before the body was placed in the river. “The accused, who was arrested on July 23”, confirmed by witness, “was seen at the dance and late that night was seen going in the direction of the scene of the struggle. His clothes were examined, and were found to be blood-stained, and It was also found that he bought a particular brand of beer bottle, which was used to inflict the injuries on the unfortunate woman. The inquest into the death of Mrs McLaughlin was on this day in 1923.   Fox denies all knowledge of the crime. The blood stains and the beer bottle can be explained.   On the application of the Police. Fox was remanded to appear at the City Court the following week, with a view to a remand to the inquest. No application for bail was made.

ON THIS DAY…… 11th August 1862

Senior Constable Book and his assistants have been were brought before the Kilmore Court, for the wilful murder of Mr Cosgrove, shot at Yea on this day in 1862.  The police believed he was the notorious bushranger Gardiner. He wasn’t ………

On this day …….. 3rd of August 1914

One of the men captured at Yea by Constable Buck and Mr Grant escaped from Kilmore gaol on the morning of the 3rd August 1914. He was taken back to the gaol.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 22, 1922

 

The second trial was concluded of Reuben Fox, aged 26 years, who was charged with the murder of Mrs Josephine McLaughlin on July 22. Mrs McLaughlin was murdered returning from a ball In the Yea Shire Hall. The body was then placed in the river. After a retirement of over seven hours, the foreman of the jury announced that an agreement could not be reached, and they were discharged. A third trial was then ordered.

ON THIS DAY – June 26, 1922

The inquest on the death of Mrs M’Laughlin was continued at Yea. Reuben Fox, who is charged with her murder, was present in custody. Detective Bruce said he went to Fox’s house and found a suit of clothes blood stained, also a blood stained hat and towel. Fox told him the blood stains were caused by falling against a wall and cutting his face on June 26. The cuts on his fingers were caused while he was slicing tobacco. He knew Mrs. M’Laughlin, but did not see her at the dance. Senior Constable gave evidence that Fox’s left boot corresponded with the imprint on the river bank, near where the body was recovered. In an imprint of the heel were 10 distinct nail marks, which corresponded with ten nails in Fox’s boots.

 

On this day ………… 11th February 1931

Two most unusual swag persons made their appearance in Wangaratta court, Victoria, on this day in 1931, on a charge of vagrancy. Police had noticed the girls carrying swags and Billy’s and dossing down in the park at night. The girls said they had walked from Melbourne to Yea, then to Wangaratta, and had spent two nights in the town, staying in Merriwa Park. The judge ordered that the two girls to be entertained until their family’s could be notified to come and collect them.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – December 16, 1936

KALKALLO

MAN’S ARM IMPALED ON TRUCK DOOR DRIVER FACES MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE

While standing on the Hume Highway, near Kalkallo on December 16, Frances Lovell, aged 47 years, retired farmer, of South Yarra, had his arm impaled on the door handle of a passing motor truck and was dragged a mile and a quarter before the truck stopped, according to evidence given at the Coroner’s Court to-day, when the inquest was held into Lovell’s death. Lovell, it was stated, had been watching a friend attend to the radiator of his car. When the truck stopped he was dead. The coroner committed the driver of the truck, Hewitt Edwin Smith, of Yea, for trial on a charge of manslaughter. Smith, giving evidence, said he did not know that his truck was dragging Lovell, and he had no knowledge of the accident until a man waved to him to stop. Lovell, it will be recalled, was accompanying some friends to Wagga when the fatal accident occurred,

ON THIS DAY…… 15th August 1923

The City Court was crowded when Reuben Fox, aged 35 years, labourer, was charged with having murdered Mrs Josephine Jane McLaughlin at Yea between July 22 and July 23. Fox appeared calm, and interjected intently to the Police’s brief outlined on the case against him. Sub-inspector T. Coonan said that on the morning of July 23 the body of Mrs. McLaughlin was found in the river at Yea. She had left her home on the previous night to to a dance, and she was seen returning towards her home. A post-mortem examination showed that she had several injuries on the head, that been inflicted before the body was placed in the river. “The accused, who was arrested on July 23”, confirmed by witness, “was seen at the dance and late that night was seen going in the direction of the scene of the struggle. His clothes were examined, and were found to be blood-stained, and It was also found that he bought a particular brand of beer bottle, which was used to inflict the injuries on the unfortunate woman. The inquest into the death of Mrs McLaughlin was on this day in 1923.   Fox denies all knowledge of the crime. The blood stains and the beer bottle can be explained.   On the application of the Police. Fox was remanded to appear at the City Court the following week, with a view to a remand to the inquest. No application for bail was made.