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Inconsistencies unearthed in the inquest findings


There’s not many.


(1) “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.”

(2) “The only articles in the clothing were some cigarettes and matches … ”

Both statements are attributed to Coroner Cleland and both are incorrect.


If Cleland had been discussing the circumstances on the footing that the body found on the morning of 1st December was not of the man seen in the evening of the 30th of November. 


If Cleland had noticed and drawn attention to the additional item Detective Sergeant Leane included in his deposition with regard to the items found in the dead man’s pockets.

Then he may have had to consider in his findings that the body expired elsewhere and was carried to where it was found.

Moreover, he may also have had to consider in his findings that the partly smoked cigarette found on the body was placed there by a party involved in its disposal.

Then ..

When In 2003 Detective Sergeant Don O’Doherty produced a copy of a report* he had submitted to the Officer-in-Charge of the (Adelaide) CIB more than four decades earlier, Cleland or his coronial replacement might have thought it grounds enough to revive the case, which remains adjourned after seventy years.

*A witness reported seeing a man carrying a man along the beach on the night before the body was found.


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  1. dusty #

    30th November”…and T.E. Cleland continues, “But there is really no proof that this was the case……If the body of the deceased was not that of the man mentioned and if the body had been taken to the place where it was found, the difficulties disappear…..The evidence is too inconclusive to warrant a finding…….I cannot say where he died” etc. etc…. On the basis of that mate; all Coroner Cleland can be guilty of, is his having his two bob each way, which I may add is where we all fall short, excepting thine it would seem…..Speaking of wagers, want to hear some interesting shit about jockeys named Jim Kean and racehorses with the suffix gem from 1948 that others didn’t pick up on?…

    June 15, 2019
    • Geez you are one irritating bastard, Dusty. There was PROOF and you know it. So quit with the bullshit and get on with the game .. Sincerely

      June 15, 2019
  2. dusty #

    One invigorating basket, in terms of much needed case input…Only one PROOF that gents like us should care about old bean is 86, like in Old Grandad or Mount Gay at a pinch!..

    June 15, 2019
  3. dusty #

    Touche to you for your choice of poison. The Inner Circle label belongs to Bickford and Sons, as in Alvington House, Somerton Bickfords. That’s full circle in my estimation, if you can believe it. PS: Speaking of Bickfords reminds me of poison.

    June 15, 2019
    • No it doesn’t. No it isn’t and no I don’t believe it … but it’s a quiet day on the river so let’s see how you run with it.

      June 15, 2019
  4. ‘’Bentley Purchase had been called in to deliberate (as coroner) on the case of Paul Manoel, an agent of the Free French Intelligence Service who had been found hanging in a London basement following interrogation as a suspected enemy agent. Purchase’s inquest was “cursory” in the extreme.’
    Operation Mincemeat – Ben Macintyre.

    A fine example of a coroner assisting an intelligence agency.

    September 14, 2019

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