Ronald Alwyn McKenny

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About Ronald Alwyn McKenny

Advertiser, Hurstbridge, 15 Jan 1932 EARLY MORNING CRIME RAIL SAFE BLOWN Hearing an explosion near the Montmorency railway station at 3,35 a.m, on Wednesday morning Mr. R. McKenny, railway clerk, jumped out of bed, and, running over to the station, discovered that the safe had been removed from the office and blown open. A small sum of money was stolen from the safe, which was found by Mr. McKenny at the end of the platform. M'. McKenny lives in a railway house near the station. He did not see the thieves. The door of the office was forced with a jemmy.

Advertiser, Hurstbridge, 27 Jan 1933 ALLEGED SHOOTING WITH INTENT Montmorency Youth Committed For Trial ROBERT Alwyn McKenny, 18, clerk, of Montmorency, was charged at the Eltham Court on Monday with shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm to Robert George Alfred Marsh, of Briar Hill. Inspector Mooney prosecuted and Mr. E. Aston Lloyd, instructed by Messrs. Henderson and Ball, appeared for McKenney. Mother Cheek" McKenny, in his evidence stated: "We 'have had trouble with Marsh's children .e previously. On the morning of January 1, I heard a lad "giving my mother cheek," He said: 'Get inside you grey-haired, old

' I ran out, chased him and hit him open-handed across the mouth, I then went back home to bed. About 10 a.m. I heard a violent banging on the railway station door. My sister told me Marsh was outside. I heard him coming in the gate and calling out "Where is the
I will teach the
He said to me 'come outside I want to d.see you.' I Picked Up Gun I went outside and picked up my service rifle on the way out. I put two bullets in the magazine intending to frighten Marsh as he was in a fury. I told him to keep outside the front gate. Marsh, took his coat and hat off and wanted to fight me. I pointed the rifle in the air. My mother then came up from the store and Marsh threatened to "smash her face in', and adopted a threatening attitude. My mother told him to calm down and listen to reason, but he replied 'I'll knock your - head off' I said 'You had better not try it.' He then ran towards me and when about three yards off I fired a shot into the railway embankment. I then put the rifle down. Marsh grabbed it and kept swinging it at me when I endeavoured to regain it." Mother Gives Evidence Eliza H. MeKenny, mother of accused, who is the stationmistress at Montmorency, denied calling Marsh's child a half-caste Chinaman and corroborated her son's evidence. Marsh was using vile language and accused her of being an immoral woman. He adopted a threatening attitude to her, He was frothing at the mouth in a fury. He threatened to "smash her face in" and "knock her head off". He rushed at her when Ron sang out to him. Marsh then rushed at Ron, who fired, so as not to hit him. Marsh then grabbed the rifle. Marsh Gives Evidence John Marsh, 18, a schoolboy, said "On January 1 in the morning I was picking up wood off the street near the Montmorency railway station. A younger McKenney said to me, "'Don't 'pinch' too much wood.' I wasn't 'pinching' wood. Mrs. McKenny came out and said 'Get home, you half-caste Chinaman." I replied 'Get inside you grey-haired old monkey.' She called her son Ron out who chased me and punched me. I told my father who went to see McKenny. The latter camie out with a gun and fired at my father and narrowly' missed him. Father then rushed him and took the gun home." Father's Evidence Robert George Alfred Marsh, in his evidence, told how his lad John came home with his face covered in blood, and swollen and bruised. I went to see defendant and said: "Come outside, I want to see you." He came out and I walked on to the road. He had me covered with a rifle. I said: "put it down." He fired and missed and I rushed him and took the gun home and handed it over to the police. Marsh. was considerably affected at the implication that his son was a half-caste Chinaman and showed great emotion-during his evidence. Constable's lnvestigations Constable Stanton said he saw defendant, who made two statements of the affair. He admitted striking the boy for impudence to his mother and firing a shot when Marsh threatened his mother. Counsel's. Plea Accused's counsel appealed for leniency on account of the youth's age, and his good behavious. He now realised the serious position he had got into and a promise that it would never occur again was given. Mr. Lloyd considered that Marsh was nothing but a liar and accused had acted under great provocation. P.M.'s Remarks "We have a duty to the community," said Mr. Brown and consider the position too serious to let defendant off. The firing of such a high-powered weapon is nothing but an act of folly and I cannot understand his mother allowing it to be done." By majority decision McKenny was committed for trial next month. Bail of £50 was allowed, Mrs. McKenny acting as bondswoman.

The Herald 9 May 1933 SHOOTING CHARGE FAILS "Fired To Frighten" A verdict of not guilty was given in the General Sessions yesterday in the case in which Ronald Alwyn McKenny was charged with having shot at Robert George Afred Marsh, near the Montmorencv railwav station, on January 1. John Marsh, 13, son of Robert Marsh, said that McKenny chased him on January 1 and held his hand over his face to stop him from crying. McKenny had a gun in his hand, and putting it up to his shoulder said: "I'll bore a hole through you." "My father told him to put the gun down," added witness, "McKenny fired a shot. My father rushed at him and seized the gun." Mr A. L. Read: Did McKenny call out to you: "You are 'pinching too much wood." Witness: Yes. The defence was that McKenny fired at Marsh to frighten him. McKenny denied that he had intended to wound Marsh.

Advertiser, Hurstbridge, Vic 12 May 1933 SHOOTING CASE RECALLED The Case Dismissed The trial of Ronald McKenny, of Montmorency, who was charged with shooting with intent to do bodily harm, and was remanded from the Eltham Court in February, was heard on Monday before Judge Winneke in the Court of General Sessions. Mr. Sproule prosecuted for the Crown and Mr. A. L. Read (Kenderson and Ball) appeared for McKenny The jury, without leaving the box, returned a verdict of not guilty and McKenny was discharged.

MARRIAGE The Herald 22 April 1939 McKenny-Day TWO bridesmaids, Miss Phyllis Nash and Miss May Blair, wearing frocks of white lacquered organza patterned with pink and green flowers, attended Miss Dorothy Emily Day, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Ernest Walter Day, of.Greeves Street, Fitzroy, when she was married this afternoon to Mr Ronald Alwyn McKenny, sixth son of Mr A. I. McKenny and the late Mrs McKenny, The Presbyterian Church, Michael Street, Clifton Hill, was the setting for the ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. J. Garnon Owen. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a gown of heavy white broche satin made with a swathed knotted bodice. The gored skirt fell into a long train, the edge of which was scalloped. An embroidered veil more than 100 years' old, lent by Mr Ellender, was mounted on tulle and worn with a coronet of orange blossom. A bouquet of white roses and azaleas was carried.

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