ON THIS DAY ……… 24th August 1940
A girl who caused a sensation in Melbourne Court by shouting ‘Good-bye Sweetheart!’ when boyfriend Frederick James Anderson was committed for trial on a charge of murder, was freed of a sentence imposed upon her on a vagrancy charge.
She appealed against the sentence of one month, and when the appeal was heard before Judge Foster the conviction was repealed. Mr. A. Sacks represented Mary Eugene, who bad been arrested on the charge of having insufficient means of support after her boyfriend was arrested. Senior Detective S. McGuffie said that while inquiring into the murder charge against Anderson he had taxed Mary with the suggestion that she was keeping Anderson on her earnings. This Mary hotly denied she insisted that she was not working and that Anderson had been keeping her. It was also stated by the police that Mary was known to be an associate of thieves and suspected thieves. In addition to which she had been seen in a house of ill fame in Fitzroy by the police.
Mary, who appeared in the Court decked with what was described as a ‘wonderful collection of gold and diamond rings’ said she had been living with Anderson for more than two years. Since they came to Melbourne about last May, Anderson had given her a regular amount each week for housekeeping and also about £30 out of a win he had at gambling. Out of that £30 she bought the rings. In answer to the evidence of the police that they had not seen the rings in their search of the house before Anderson’s arrest, she answered that they had been there just the same. She denied the suggestion that they had been borrowed for the occasion.