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The Age, Melbourne, 17 July 1942, p.2
Judge Orders Whippings
Crimes of Violence
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In addition to imposing heavy sentences upon seven prisoners
who pleaded guilty to robbery charges in the Criminal Court
yesterday, Mr. Justice Lowe directed that they receive whippings
with the birch.
Eunice May Swire, 18 years, of Fitzroy-street, St. Kilda, and
Murdoch Mcintyre, 19 years; Kenneth Graham Stewart, 21 years, and
Brian Donovan, 21 years, soldiers, each admitted a charge of
robbery in company. Swire, Stewart and Donovan pleaded guilty to
a second charge of assault with intent to rob. Donovan admitted
five prior convictions.
Addressing the prisoners, his Honor said: "All of you have
pleaded guilty to the crime of robbery in company. Three of you
-- Swire, Stewart and Donovan -- have pleaded guilty to a further
crime of assault with intent to rob in company. In the case of
the robbery, you behaved like a lot of animals in the jungle,
seeking out a beast of prey, all by means of a girl luring a man
into a dark place, and there attacking him with violence and
robbing him. That is conduct which this court will not tolerate,
and the sentences I am going to impose in the case of the men are
such that I hope will bring home to them that, if they exercise
violence as has been exercised here, the law in turn, will exact
very complete punishment from those who have taken part in the crime."
To Swire his Honor said:-- "You behaved as a harpie, and
you must be treated as such and put in a place where you will
cease to do harm for a considerable time."
Stewart and Donovan were each sentenced to two years'
imprisonment with hard labor, and a whipping of 20 strokes of the
birch; McIntyre to twelve months with hard labour, and 20
strokes, and Swire to two years' imprisonment with hard labor.
Douglas Owen Doherty, 17 years, of Windsor-street, East Kew,
painter and decorator, pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery with
violence and was sentenced to three months' imprisonment and a
whipping of ten strokes of the birch.
Ronald David Baker, 18 years, of Waverley-street, Richmond,
carpenter, and Reginald Clarence West, 19 years, of Henry-street,
Auburn, soldier, who pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and
robbery under arms, were each sentenced to twelve months' hard
labor and twelve strokes of the birch. His Honor directed that at
the conclusion of their sentence they be detained in a
reformatory prison during the Governor's pleasure.
Pleading guilty to a charge of robbery with violence, Terrance
John Brian, 23 years, of Drummond-street, Carlton, horse breaker,
was sentenced to two years' imprisonment and 20 strokes of the birch.
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