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THE YENDON OUTliAGE.
SHOCKING BRUTALITY USED. ARREST OF MICHAEL QUIGLEY.
The outrage on ^liss Gillies, effected near Yendon shortly after midnight on Sunday morning (says the Ballarat "Cou- rier'' of March 5), is one of the most j cowardly and brutal in the criminal re | cords ot Victoria, and, helpless and alone,
the unfortunate girl suffered cruelly at the hands of her assailant. On Saturday Miss Gillies, accompanied by her brother, aged lo, and a younger boy. went with the rail- way picnic to Queenscliff, returning by the ordinary train leaving the Cliff at half past seven. On the home trip Miss Gillies travelled in a compartment with some other girls, while her boy companions went in the brake-van. On alighting at Yendon-she was the only pa-senger to leave the train there-she walked towards the rear of the train, expecting to meet her brother and his friend. They, how- ever, had gone to sleep, and, not waking, were carried on to the next station. Miss Gillies then set out to walk to her home, about two miles anti a half away in the direction of Buinyong. Before leaving the station she saw a man slip behind the sta-
It was 10 minutes to 12 on Saturday night when the train reached Yendon, and about five minutes later Miss Gillies com- menced her lonely walk home. When she was half a mile from her father's house a man rushed at her, threw a bag over her face, and forced her on to the ground. The girl struggled desperately-there is ample evidence of that-but sne is only 20, and of small stature, anti she fared ill in the terrible fight. Almost choked -by the bag, which the ruffian pressed closely over Tier face, she was all but helpless in his hands after a while. Once during the struggle the bag was forced away, and for the first time getting a glimpse of her assailant she screamed, "I know you, Alick Quigley, and I'll tell the police." Almost directly after the fellow made off, and, weak and exhausted, the poor girl slowly made her way home.
Early that morning her father informed the constable at Yendon, but that officer was confined to his bed, his leg being so badly strained that ho is unable to get about. However, as he was about to be driven to Buninyong for medical treat- ment he said he would communicate with Senior-Constable Meredith. This was done. The senior-constable went to Yendon, where on Monday he was joined by Detec- tive Armstrong and Constable Campbell, who was recently transferred from Yen- don to Ballan, the latter officer being called in because he is well acquainted with the locality and its inhabitants. Prior to this Senior-Constable Meredith had picked up on the scene of the struggle a small metal
As the result of information given by Miss Gillies, and certain facts gleaned by them, the officers yesterday morning went to Quigley's farm, and there arrested Michael Quigley, aged 24 years, on a very serious charge. His face was badly scratched and torn, and in his room was found a blood-stained shirt. These things he explained by saving he had fallen into a briar hedgp. The knife picked up by Senior-Constable Meredith had previously been shown to Mr. Quigley, sen., who iden- tified it as his son's, but the latter denied ownership, saying he had last seen the knife knocking about the house three weeks before. Michael Quigley was then taken to Buninyong, where he was examined by Dr. Longden, who said the scratching and tearing of his face has been undoubtedly done with finger nails. The accused was then brought before Mr. Newman, who re- manded him until Tuesday next when a further remand till the following Thursday will be asked for. Quigley was then brought in to Ballarat and loefgecl in gaol.
In the struggle Miss Gillies, as already stated, suffered cruelly, her chest being much bruised and her throat and face both bruised and cut. Indeed, Dr. Long- den said he did not remember in his ex- perience a similar case in which a woman had been so brutally knocked about. The unfortunate girl is- still suffering acutely from shock and the violence of the as- sault.
The enquiries made by tho police into Quigley's movements on Satuiday night show that he was at Smith's hotel, Yen- don, until closing time, 11.30 p.m., and then walked with a young man named Murphy as far as the railway-station, where he staved, though it does not appear that he was seen bv anyone about the premises. At all events, he has not been identified by anyone as having been seen there. ?