The Argus at KellyGang 8/10/1872

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"An assault case of a somewhat peculiar character," writes the Ovens and Murray Advertiser," came before the Benalla Police Court on Thursday. In October, 1865, a race meeting was held at Greta, and at this meeting, in company with a number of others, was James Quinn-one of the family who harboured Power, and who, as well as the notorious bushranger, is now undergoing a sentence at Pentridge - also William Skelton. Something like a free fight seems to have taken place at the close of the meeting, during which, it is alleged by several witnesses, Quinn struck Skelton a violent blow on the head with a bullock yoke, when the latter was lying on the ground. Skelton was seriously injured by the blow, and a warrant was issued for the apprehension of Quinn, but he managed to keep out of the way of the police, in his haunts at the head of the King River, and while he was still lying perdu Skelton took his departure for the old country. Quinn was afterwards arrested by the police, but as there was no prosecutor, he was discharged.

Skelton, during his stay in the old country, became an inmate of Bartholomew's Hospital, London, where he underwent the operation of trepanning. Recently he found his way back to this country, broken down in health, being subject to epileptic fits, in consequence of the injury received to his head, and not long since he became an inmate of the Wangaratta Hospital. On his reappearance action was taken by the police to prosecute Quinn - who is undergoing a sentence of three years at Pentridge for assaulting a man named Page at Greta - and he was brought up on writ of habeas to Benalla, and the result of the preliminary examination was that he was committed to take his trial at the Beechworth Circuit Court on the 10th inst."

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