On This Day – October 12, 1953

A young naval recruit was charged in the. Criminal Court today with having murdered his father. A homicide detective told the court the recruit had said to him afterwards, ‘I had made up my mind to shoot the old man. I got my rifle, went into the bedroom, and said ‘this is it’ and fired. The recruit, Frederick William Hector (24), formerly of Flinders Naval Depot, pleaded not guilty to a charge of having murdered his father, George Henry Hector (48), at South Yarra, after a party on October 12.