Murder of Teacher Alleged

ON THIS DAY – March 20, 1931

FOUR YOUTHS ON TRIAL

At the conclusion of the evidence for the defence at the resumed trial of Allen Esdale Davis Ward (18), Ralph William Fuller (19), Richard Hanford Jackson (19), and Leslie Charles Lewis (17) on charges of murder, the Chief Justice Sir William Irvine, said he did not think there was evidence to substantiate the murder charge against either Lewis, Jackson or Fuller, but there was abundant evidence of manslaughter. His Honor said there was sufficient evidence against Ward for the charge of murder to go before the jury. The youths appeared in the Criminal Court on a charge of having at Coburg on March 20 murdered Arthur Nelson Head (16) school teacher, of Belgrave street, Coburg. After accused had given evidence the hearing was adjourned. The Crown alleges that Head, after leaving a church fete at the Presbyterian church, Sydney road, with three other youths, was attacked and assaulted by the four accused. Head died from his injuries the following day.