ON THIS DAY – January 3, 1928
Following the arrest of Ernest Ambrose Kleinhert, orchard labourer, aged 20 years, of Mitcham. He was charge of having murdered Iolene Mary Sampson, married woman, also of Mitcham, on the 3rd of January. At the City Court Detective James Leonard McKeogh said: About 1030pm, in company with Senior detective McKerral, I arrested Kleinhert on a charge of having murdered Iolene Mary Sampson. Early on the morning of January 3, Mrs Sampson was found in an unconscious condition on the footpath of Mitcham road, Mitcham, a short distance from her home. She was lying in a pool of blood, and her head was badly injured. She was removed to the Melbourne Hospital, where she died at 1120am on the same day without having recovered consciousness. When Kleinhert went to the Mitcham police station to report the finding of Mrs Sampson on the roadside at 525am on the morning of January 3, there were blood stains on his face and clothes, in respect of which he could give no satisfactory explanation. During the trial he protested his innocence, claiming a motor car had hit Mrs Sampson. Kleinhert was acquitted of the charge. On the 21st of July, 1928, Kleinhert was himself attacked and stabbed in the neck just missing the jugular vein. His attacker, Edward Augustus Sampson, aged 34, an orchardist, and the husband of Mrs Iolene Mary Sampson!