Manslaughter verdict against Sandy Young

June 21, 1916
The verdict against the former Everton centre-forward, Sandy Young, in the case tried in Australia will come as a shock to sportspeople in Liverpool. Sandy Young was charged with killing his brother, and although it was admitted that Sandy committed the rash act – he then fired upon himself and damaged his face severely – it was felt here that the evidence accumulated and passed on from English clubs to the Australian court would have the effect of making the verdict carry a clause concerning Sandy’s mental condition; but so far as the cables have gone to date there is no mention of the sanity or otherwise of the prisoner, although it is significant that sentence has not yet been passed.

No new feature.
There was not a new feature in the trial yesterday. All the real “news” has been given in the “Echo” long since, our columns being the first in the country t announce the charge against Sandy, the first to announce his committal – an announcement that was followed by a very curious denial in a certain quarter that had not got over its period of sleepiness – and first to announce Sandy’s severe illness and inability to plead, and also the fact that the trial would arise at the back end of this month.

The latest advice from Melbourne says that Alexander Young, charged with the murder of his brother John at Tongala, on December 1, has been found guilty of manslaughter. Evidence of witnesses proved that there had been many quarrels between the two brothers, and that a money dispute was at the bottom of the wrangling.

Sandy Young, who went out to Australia about a year after his brother had migrated (1911), claimed that he had paid £400 into the farming concern, and that he had nothing to show for his money.

The evidence.
Three statements of note were put in – the statements of the deceased at the hospital at Echuca, and also Sandy’s, and the evidence sent out by English football club officials, who were convinced that the old Everton, Manchester City, and South Liverpool player was not soundly balanced in his mind. The statement of the deceased just before he died was: “We quarrelled the day before I struck him. I rose early next morning and got my cows in. I was sitting milking, and my brother said, ‘I’m going to shoot you.’ I jumped up and faced him, and said, ‘Put the gun away; you are only trying to frighten me’; and with that he fire at me, and says, ‘That’s you now, and I am going to do for myself,’”

Alexander Young said: “I went over with a gun to shoot him. He said, ‘Go on,’ and of course I shot him. I then went and tried to blow my brains out. I have heard my brother’s statement, and it is true about the shooting.”
(Liverpool Echo: June 21, 1916)


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