Corpun file 24868 at www.corpun.com
The Age, Melbourne, 10 November 1926, p.8
Twelve Months and Birch for Violent Robbery.
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Several prisoners were sentenced by Judge Macindoe in the
Court of General Sessions yesterday.
Francis Joseph Edwards, 22 years, stevedore, of Port Melbourne,
was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment, with hard labor,
and was ordered ten strokes of the birch for robbery. On the
night of 27th August, a young man, Simon Freeman, was returning
from South Melbourne market to his home, when he was attacked by
prisoner and two men, and a suit case which he was carrying was
taken from him. Two men who were presented with Edwards were
found not guilty, and were discharged.
Judge Macindoe said there was a good deal of the brute in the
prisoner. He had brutally assaulted his victim, fractured his
head and injured his jaw. Violence begot violence, and prisoner
and others who contemplated similar offences must be taught a
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