Feb. 11, 1946 – boy infant murdered
Mar. 15, 1950 – girl infant murdered
Apr. 16, 1951 – girl infant murdered
FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 3): Brisbane, January 21.— The Police Court was crowded to-day when further charges were preferred against a man and a woman over the deaths of unnamed children.
The two are Josephine Ellen Molloy (29), domestic, and Herbert Carsburg (38), fencing contractor.
Molloy now faces three wilful murder charges. Carsburg to-day was charged conjointly with Molloy on a wilful murder charge. He is also charged on two counts of being an accessory after the fact to wilful murder.
Molloy and Carsburg were conjointly charged to-day that on or about March 15, 1950, at Terrick Station, near Blackell, they wilfully murdered an unnamed female child of which Molloy had been lately delivered.
Evidence of the arrest on this charge was given by Detective Constable D. E. Dux. of Rockhampton. Molloy was further charged that on or about April 16, 1951, at Cleeve Station, near Longreach, she wilfully murdered an unnamed female child of which she had lately been delivered.
Carsburg was further charged that on or about April 16, 1951 at Cleeve Station, near Long reach, knowing that Molloy had committed the crime he assisted her in order to enable her to escape punishment.
Molloy also appeared on remand charged that on February 11, 1946, at Mt. Brisbane, near Esk, did wilfully murder an unnamed male child of which she had been lately delivered.
Carsburg also appeared on remand charged that he, about February 13, 1946, knowing that Molloy had committed the crime, assisted her in order to enable her to escape punishment.
On the application of the police prosecutor, Sub-Inspector C. E. Risch, Mr. A. E. George, S. M., remanded Molloy and Carsburg on all charges until January 29.
[“Woman On Three Murder Charges,” The Maryborough Chronicle (Queensland, Australia), Jan. 22, 1953, p. 5]
FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 3): “Oh, no! Not That!” screamed Mrs. Josephine Ellen Molloy from the dock of Brisbane Criminal Court on Wednesday when she was sentenced to life imprisonment for the wilful murder of her child. Mrs. Molloy fell back into a corner of the dock, sobbing bitterly, then slumped forward with her face buried in a handkerchief.
She was still sobbing when she was led away to the cells. A jury took only a little over half an hour to her own tiny baby at Cleeve Station, near Longreach, on April 16, 1951.
When the trial had opened, a 38-years-old fencing contractor, Herbert Carsburg, had stood alongside Mrs. Molloy, charged with being an accessory after the fact. Later, however, Mr. Justice Stanley ordered that Carsburg should be given a separate trial, and he was remanded to the next criminal sittings com mencing tomorrow.
Det. Douglas Edward Dux said in evidence Cars burg told him in Rockhampton on December 17, 1952: “The woman I was living with has cleared off with another joker. She killed the three kids we had when they were babies.” That, said Dux, started investigations and it was found that three babies had been born to Molloy and disposed of.
[“’No, Not That,’ Cries Murderess,” Truth (Sydney, Australia), Mar. 15, 1953, p. 12]
FULL TEXT (Article 3 of 3): A woman under life sentence for baby murder yesterday watched a man given 10 years’ hard labour for helping her hide the crime.
The woman, Josephine Ellen Molloy, 30, gave evidence against the man,Herbert Carsburg, 38, fenc ing contractor.
Once they lived together.
Molloy looked up at the Criminal Court gallery and smiled as a wardress led her down the stairway to the cells. Many women were in the gallery.
Carsburg had pleaded not guilty to a charge that on or about April 16, 1951, at Cleeve Station, near Longreach, knowing that Molloy had committed wilful murder, he assisted her to enable her to escape punishment. The jury took 15 minutes to find him guilty.
Mr. B. M. McLoughlin (for Carsburg) said that for several years before the war Carsburg was a professional pugilist. This might have left an effect on him.
The Crown Prosecutor (Mr. R. F. Carter) said Carsburg was married and living apart from his wife. The two children of the marriage were dead.
Sentencing Carsburg the Chief Justice said his offence merited very substantial punishment.
After the court was adjourned, Carsburg stepped out of the dock and lit a cigarette. He shook hands with Mr. McLoughlin before he was led down to the cells. Mr. McLoughlin was instructed by Nicol, Robinson, Palu and Kidd.
[“And the woman in the case heard the sentence,” The Courier Mail (Brisbaine, Australia), Apr. 29, 1953, p. 1]
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