Coroner Cleland – how did he pass muster?
Some things a man cannot ignore about this case, given the investigative shambles illustrated in the preceding post. Who needs to imagine an upper level South Australian espionage conspiracy when the men in charge of the investigation conspired to talk down the case – get rid of it – put it in the out basket.
Coroner Cleland reminds me of a NSW magistrate, Murray Farquhar. MurrayF looked the part of a wise man and was treated as such until the boys in blue came looking for him – problem being that his friendship with George Freeman soured more than a few reputations back in the day. So much for that particular big man.
So how does the following make sense?
Taken from the inquest papers.
Page 5 of 102.
Remarks Of The City Coroner at Adjournment of Inquest.
“The only articles in the clothing were some cigarettes AND MATCHES … etc ”
You have to ask yourself, you who have faithfully followed this case through the years, where did Cleland get THAT information from?
PC Moss did not find any matches on the body and what makes his remarks worse is that he had Moss’s Deposition in front of him yet didn’t question this evidential discrepancy. This was judicial madness.
Is anyone listening?
Do you want more, and from the same bloke?
Page 9 of 102.
“I have been discussing the circumstances on the footing that the body found on the
morning of 1st December was that of the man seen in the evening of the 30th November.”
If this bloke was still around I’d tap him on the shoulder and ask him to read Gordon Strapp’s Deposition again, the one he had sitting on the Coronial desk while he penned his Coronial remark: the sworn Deposition that had the man in the evening wearing different trousers to the man found dead in the morning.
And not a whisper from Detectives Brown or Leane, Adelaide’s finest. Not a word from anyone but me for seventy years come to think of it, and I’m just Nicholas Nobody living in the Byron Hill country.
It’s enough to drive a man to drink.
Farquhar pic courtesy of Fairfax Press