On This Day – October 12, 1947

When Joseph J Wells (34), of South Melbourne was charged in the City Court yesterday with having murdered, George Ryder on October 12, Mr J. Long, for Wells, said he had acted to protect Ryder’s wife.  Wells was remanded until Monday. Bail was refused.

Long said that Wells hit Ryder on the head with a bottle and later voluntarily went to the South Melbourne police station to see if a charge had been laid against him.