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Title: Greta- To the Inspector General of the Penal Establishment from William Williamson re: remission of sentence
Creator: Public Record Office Victoria
Provenance: VPRS 4969 P0 Unit 1 Item 52
Transcript: then left and went in the direction of the other two namely King and Dan Kelly. I never say any of them after. On the next evening I was arrested by Sergeant Steele and Constable Brown. When I was taken to the lock-up they read the charge and I said that I knew nothing about it. Constable Fitzpatrick swore in Court that he saw me splitting wood and after leaving me he came down to the Kellys place. He described how he had been shot by Ned Kelly and said after the second shot had been fired he saw me coming out of the bedroom of Kellys hut. Such However was not a fact and he had his back to that part of the hut where was the bedroom and was excited in struggling with Kelly at the door of the hut. If anyone came out of the bedroom it was not I as when I did come to the hut I remained outside. On the trial Fitzpatrick was not asked about my taking the spade from Mrs. Kelly. The reason I said that I knew nothing about the matter was the fear I had of Ned Kelly after I had promised him to say what he instructed me to relate, and though I might have interfered when Ned Kelly was taking the revolver from Fitzpatrick yet I thought it better not to do so as I might have made matters worse. I understand that recently the police have discovered that Byrne was at Kellys hut at the time Fitzpatrick was shot in the wrist. About December last I wrote a statement of the affair to Captain Standish who shortly afterwards answered that he considered I had received a very heavy sentence considering the circumstances and that he would try to get the Government to grant me a mitigation. Since then I have heard nothing further about it. I was six months awaiting trial, making the time still longer for me in prison. I therefore respectfully apply to you, Sir, to forward this statement to the Government as I am convinced that if enquiries be made into the truth and exact particulars of the matter they will be induced