On This Day – January 31, 1937

Rupert Osborne Davies aged 28, store man, and William John Cody aged 24, labourer, were sentenced to death for the murder of James Edward Scriven, a Titles Office messenger. Scriven who was shot on the 31st of January, 1930, when escorting a clerk who was taking money to the bank. He died next day. At the first trial of Davies and Cody on the charge of murder the jury failed to agree, but when they were retried they were convicted.