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51 Two Conflicting Depositions

Lifted from wikipedia today ..

On 1 December 1948 at 6:30 am, the police were contacted after the body of a man was discovered on Somerton beach near Glenelg, about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) southwest of Adelaide, South Australia. The man was found lying in the sand across from the Crippled Children’s Home, which was on the corner of The Esplanade and Bickford Terrace.[7] He was lying back with his head resting against the seawall, with his legs extended and his feet crossed. It was believed he had died while sleeping.[8] An unlit cigarette was on the right collar of his coat.[9] A search of his pockets revealed an unused second-class rail ticket from Adelaide to Henley Beach, a bus ticket from the city that could not be proved to have been used, a narrow aluminium American comb, a half-empty packet of Juicy Fruit chewing gum, an Army Club cigarette packet containing seven cigarettes of a different brand, and a quarter-full box of Bryant & May matches.[10]~~

PC Moss – from his sworn statement:

” … I found (on the body) a railway ticket, to Henley Beach, also a bus ticket, a tramway bus ticket. There were cigarettes on the body, which were in a packet. I did not compare them to the one that was partly smoked. The packet produced looks like the cigarettes I found. The comb produced was on the body, also the chewing gum and the metal comb. The bus ticket produced and the railway ticket produced are similar to the tickets I found on the body.

I did not find the slip of paper with the words Tamam Shud.”

PC Moss may well have answered, if asked, that he did not find a quarter-full box of Bryant & May matches on the body either.

In any event Detective Sergeant Leane settled it all. Swore to it in fact.

.. 2nd para, Deposition on Oath:

“The cigarette packet was an Army Club but the contents were Kensitas, a different brand, there was also found a box of Bryant and May matches, 1/4 full, a packet half full of Juicy Fruit chewing gum, 2 combs, and Professor Cleland found a slip of paper bearing the words Tamam Shud. That was what was found on the body.” 

Lifted from Coroner Cleland’s Remarks

“The only articles in the clothing were some cigarettes and matches, two hair combs, a packet of chewing gum, a single un-cancelled railway ticket from Adelaide to Henley Beach a bus ticket which was proved to have been issued at about 11:15 am on the 30th of November on the Adelaide-Somerton bus  … and lastly a piece of paper on which were printed the words Tamam Shud.”

Items relevant to his search as exhibited at the inquest according to PC Moss’s testimony.

The packet produced looks like the cigarettes I found. The comb produced was on the body, also the chewing gum and the metal comb. The bus ticket produced and the railway ticket produced are similar to the tickets I found on the body.

No matches.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Clive #

    So how come did PC Moss miss the box of matches, when DS Leane swore they were found on the body. And, more importantly, why wasn’t PC Moss questioned about this matter. What else was ‘missed’ by PC Moss or, ‘added’ to his findings?

    August 5, 2018
  2. Soiled underpants and a singlet.

    August 5, 2018

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