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Importance of Superintendent Hussey Malone Chomley
Chomley was a senior police officer Links to the KellyGang , Early Years , Fitzpatrick Incident, Murders at Stringy Bark Creek , Sebastopol Cavalcade , Euroa Robbery , Jerilderie Robbery , Autum 1879 , Hare replaced by Nicolson , Spring 1879 Early 1880 , Death of Aaron Sherritt , Glenrowan Siege , Ned Kellys Trial , Royal Commission , Early service , Later service , Family ,
Links to the KellyGang
Mrs Kelly, William Skillion and William Williamson were arrested soon after the incident. On 25/4/1878 I conducted the committal in the court in Benalla. They were sent to trial in October 1878 in the Supreme Court in Beechworth before Mr Justice Redmond Barry. They were defended by Mr Bowman. We had a strong case with evidence from Constable Fitzpatrick, David Lindsay the shanty keeper of Winton who Fitzpatrick reported to immediately and Dr Nicholson dressed Fitzpatrick's wounds in Benalla
The defence decided to try and show that Fitzpatrick's story could not be relied upon. They provided evidence for the defence from Francis Harty and Joseph Ryan to show that Skillion could not have been there. I used the opportunity to attack the credibility of these people. Can you imagine it Harty had 'purchased' a mare from Ned Kelly on the morning of the incident when they had wounded Fitzpatrick. Harty was a real friend of the Kellys and certainly not an independent witness. He had even offered to stand bail for Mrs Kelly and of course Skillion was Mrs Kelly's son-in-law.
Joseph Ryan had even closer links with the Kellys. His mother was one of Mrs Kelly's sister. A part from that I even got him to admit in cross examination that he had also 'purchased' a horse from Ned Kelly that morning. People say that Mr Justice Barry had a view about people like the Kellys. On the evidence I don't think that the Jury had much difficulty in arriving at its decision. They only took 2 hours to find them guilty
See also (JJK) Glenrowan Siege 28/6/1880
I arrived back in Victoria a new group of trackers (Argus6/7/80)
In 1862 he was incharge of the Benalla police District for a short time.
I was the acting Chief Commissioner of police. Problems with the North eastern district (Argus26/5/81)
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What happened to Chomley's family