Shot­gun cat­tle dis­pute

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Oc­to­ber 26, 1918 MESSRS W. G. Hart and A. Fuller, J’s P, oc­cu­pied the Bench at the lo­cal Court on Wed­nes­day last. Only one case was listed, in which Wil­liam Hall, of Rochester, pro­ceeded against Wil­liam Wairer Vick­ers, of Bal­len­della, that he did, on the 17th Oc­to­ber at Bal­len­della, most vi­o­lently and vi­ciously threaten the life of the com­plainant by declar­ing that he would blow his brains out.

The de­fen­dant ap­plied for an ad­journ­ment on the grounds that he had not had time to en­gage coun­sel for his de­fence.

Mr. Miles O’Neill, who ap­peared for the plain­tiff, said that he had been in­structed to op­pose an ad­journ­ment, ex­cept un­der very strin­gent con­di­tions. The de­fen­dant had held a gun, fully cocked, within four inches of the head of his client, threat­en­ing to blow his brains out. He used foul lan­guage, and in re­peat­ing his threat said he would blow Hall’s head off. The trou­ble arose in con­se­quence of his client putting cat­tle into prop­erty orig­i­nally owned by the de­fen­dant, but now in the hands of the as­signee, from whom Hall had full author­ity to graze and oc­cupy the land. His client was suf­fer­ing from shock and was un­able to go about his usual oc­cu­pa­tion. He could only agree to an ad­journ­ment on the de­fen­dant pay­ing the costs (two wit­nesses hav­ing been brought from Bendigo), and giv­ing the court a solemn un­der­tak­ing that we would not in­ter­fere with or ob­struct Hall or his agents in putting stock on the prop­erty, which by every le­gal right be­longed to Hall, and he (Hall) de­sired to be free to ex­er­cise that right in any and every way. Oc­to­ber 25, 1988 FIRE Aware­ness Week be­gan of­fi­cially in Rochester on Satur­day with a dis­play of equip­ment by the Rochester Ur­ban and Ru­ral Fire Brigades and a stroll along the streets by Cap­tain Koala.

The Rochester Shire Coun­cil pres­i­dent, Cr Graeme Gled­hill, of­fi­cially opened Fire Aware­ness Week and on be­half of ratepay­ers thanked all the fire brigades in the shire for their ef­forts to pro­tect the com­mu­nity from fire.

Cr Gled­hill said the need for fire preven­tion was the most im­por­tant mes­sage be­ing con­veyed dur­ing Fire Aware­ness Week.

‘‘Fire preven­tion is a com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bil­ity and ev­ery­one must make a con­tri­bu­tion,’’ he said.

Cr Gled­hill said he hoped this sum­mer would not be the bad fire sea­son lo­cal brigades ex­pected.

An­other hot, dry week would cre­ate high fire danger in the area.

Rochester fire bri­gade cap­tain Vaughan Thomas said there were many things peo­ple could do to re­duce the risk of fire in their homes.

Capt Thomas said peo­ple should clean out the spout­ing on their rooves and cut grass grow­ing along their back fences.

He said peo­ple should also take ad­van­tage of Rochester Shire’s rub­bish col­lec­tion ser­vice and get rid of the bulky rub­bish ly­ing around their homes.

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