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Statement of the Accused: Ellen Kelly

VPRS 4966 Unit 1 Item 4 Document: Statement of the accused: Ellen Kelly



The statement of the accused Ellen Kelly is similar in appearance to the recognizance of bail document. It includes important details pertaining to the charges including the name and address of the accused, as well as a description of the offence and the names of the witnesses for the prosecution. It is interesting to note that when her charge – of aiding and abetting Edward Kelly in the attempted murder of Constable Fitzpatrick – was read to the court, Ellen Kelly chose not to respond.

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STATEMENT OF THE ACCUSED.VictoriaTo Wit. Ellen KellyStands charged before the undersigned, one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace in and for the Northern Bailiwick, this 17th day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy eight, for that she, the said Ellen Kelly, on the 15th day of April last, at 11 Mile Creek Greta, in the said colony did aid and abet one Edward Kelly in an attempt to murder-And the said charge being read to the said – Ellen Kelly and to the Witnesses for the Prosecution- Alexander Fitzpatrick, John Nicolson, David Lindsay, Arthur L Steele and Ernest Flood -Being severally examined in her presence, the said Ellen Kelly Is now addressed by me as follows:-“Having heard the evidence, do you wish to say anything in answer to the charge; you are not obliged to say anything unless you desire to do so; you have nothing to hope from any promise of favor, and nothing to fear from any threat which may have been held out to you, to induce you to make any admission or confession of your guilt; but whatever you say will be taken down in writing, and may be given in evidence against you upon your trial.”

-Whereupon the said Ellen Kelly saith as follows: Nothing

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VPRS 4966 Unit 1 Item 4 Document: Statement of the accused: Ellen Kelly

[signature not readable] (signed)Taken before , at In the said Colony, the day and year first above mentioned F M Donnell J.P

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VPRS 4966 Unit 1 Item 4 Document: Statement of the accused: Ellen Kelly

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