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non-delegated duties

There are no shortages of police names in The Unknown Man, an indication that the files GF worked through and the conversations he had with officers serving at the time were specific. From his research we know what officer was responsible for discharging a certain duty.

DS Leane’s position at the time was described by GF as being responsible for overseeing general matters requiring direction and the supervision of junior investigators.

Early in the case, Detective Sergeant Leane assigned Detective Strangways (Glenelg Station) the duty of investigating, he was assisted by PC Moss and Detective Gollan.

On the 8th of January a new metropolitan investigative unit was formed, again headed by DS Leane and including Detective Gollan, PC Sutherland and PC Horsnell.

On the 11th of January Detective Brown joined them, so at this stage DS Leane had five investigative officers on the case including himself and two detectives. A formidable outfit. You would expect some delegation.

14 January 1949

Leane visited the railway station to look at the suitcase. He took certain items back to the station for checking and photographing.

19 January 1949.

Leane revisited the station to take possession of the suitcase.

Shortly after 19 January 19 1949.

Leane handed over the deceased’s clothing to Professor Cleland.

Prior to the inquest.

Leane visited the SA School of Arts and Crafts to see if they could help in identifying what the deceased’s tools may have been used for.

Prior to the inquest.

Leane visited Pozza the tailor to see if he could help in identifying the deceased’s clothing.

Could a conclusion be drawn from this apparent lack of delegation by Detective Sergeant Leane, given his other duties of overseeing general matters and supervising junior investigative staff?

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Clive #

    Being cynical, the only conclusions why Leane didn’t delegate, in these two matters (plus others?) to his staff would be that, he wanted any information directly to himself. Did he ‘advise’ the SA School of Arts & Craft and Pozza the tailor not to talk to any other police officer, only himself? Perhaps junior staff may have asked more searching questions, which could have lead to who knows what? After all, if a junior officer could establish a lead, it would be a tick on his record. Perhaps Leane already had a good idea what/how the tools had been used and the source of the clothes?

    December 1, 2017
  2. Mark #

    Strangeways or Strangways (and any relation to “Thomas Bewes Strangways”?)

    December 4, 2017
    • Mark: Strangways, my mistake, thanks, checking.

      December 4, 2017

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