Murder of Constable Delaney

ON THIS DAY…… 30th August 1923

 

Frederick Smith was sentenced to 15 years gaol with a private whipping of 10 lashes with the birch for the shooting of Constable Delaney. The funeral procession for Constable Delaney through the streets of Swan Hill in 1923. He was later buried in the Greta Cemetery.

Early on the afternoon of Thursday, 30th August, 1923 Constable Joseph Delaney went to Tyntynder (near Swan Hill) to interview Frederick James Smith, a 15 year old ward of the State, in relation to a burglary. On his entering Smith’s home the youth challenged Delaney and menaced him with a shot gun. Delaney advanced on the lad who shot and fatally wounded the constable. Smith fled the premises on Delaney’s horse, but surrendered himself to police later the same evening at Nyah West. Smith appeared before the Bendigo Supreme Court charged with murder. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. He was further ordered to receive a private whipping of 10 lashes of the birch.