ON THIS DAY – October 6, 1970
A 19-year old student teacher charged with having murdered a Brighton Grammar sports master on October 6 was sent for trial by the City Coroner, Mr H. W. Pascoe, SM, today. Mr Pascoe held an inquest on Jeffrey Long, 31, teacher, of Brighton, who died as a result of head injuries and stab wounds received at his house on October 6. Robert Shane Lindsay Long, 19, of Aspendale, is charged with having murdered him. A Melbourne Teachers College student, Oleh Kowalyk, 19, of St Albans, said Lindsay Long told him on October 6 that he killed Jeffrey Long. Sergeant James Prior of Russell Street, said Lindsay Long had gone, to police headquarters on October 6 and said he killed a man and put the body in the boot of a car. Stayed the night Sergeant Harry Morrison of the Homicide Squad said he went to a car in Queens Road, City, and found a body in the boot of a white Morris car. Detective-Sergeant Frank Coates, of the Homicide Squad, said Long had told him Jeffrey Long had been a homosexual. “He said he went to Jeffrey Long’s house on November 5 and stayed the night”, Sergeant Coates said. Long added, “I went to Jeffrey’s place and did the ironing while he corrected some school work. He then went to bed. Later in the night I felt strange and found myself sitting on his bedroom floor. “I then picked up a wooden ashtray and hit him over the head with it. After that I turned on the lights and stabbed him six or seven times in the heart. “He was a homosexual. Perhaps that is why I killed him. I liked him. He was like a brother. He was sinking lower and lower.” Sergeant Coates said Robert Long had told him that although he and Jeffrey Long introduced each other to people as cousins they were not related. He said that Robert Long had denied having a homosexual relationship with Jeffrey Long.