17["Whim Creek Tragedy", The Western Mail (Perth, WA), Saturday 30 March 1912, page 35]




Roebourne, March 23.

Seleno and Cappelli, two foreigners, charged with the murder of Thomas Darlington at Whim Creek ou Christmas Eve, were tried here this week. Seleno was sentenced to three years' hard labour, and Cappelli was acquitted.

The tragedy which brought about the trial of the two Italians named occurred during the Christmas festivities. From the information furnished to the authorities it appears that a number of men were drinking at the Federal Hotel at Whim Creek when after an altercation Seleno and Darlington engaged in a fight. It was alleged that Darlington was proving superior to Seleno, and that this being apparent to Cappelli, the last-mentioned passed a knife to his compatriot. A constable on duty in the street heard the noise made by the scuffling men, and soon afterwards saw a number of men run out of the hotel. On entering the place he found Darlington bleeding profusely from two wounds in the neck. The injuries proved fatal, and Saleno and Cappelli were thereupon arrested and charged with the murder of Darlington. The victim of the tragedy was a native of Victoria and was married. He was employed as a miner at the Whim Well Copper Mines. When arrested Seleno, it is stated, admitted that he had stabbed Darlington. The two Italians were committed for trial on a charge of murder, and Mr. Norbert Keenan, K.C., was commissioned by the Government to sit as a Supreme Court Commissioner to try the men at Roebourne. Official reports state that Seleno carried French Army discharges, and it was also rumoured that he had at one time escaped from a French penal settlement.