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ON THIS DAY – October 18, 1955

A WIFE PLEADED ‘KEEP HIM FROM ME …’

Gladys Lester, 26, realised within a week or two of marriage that she had made a mistake. Her married life was one round of bickering and squabbling with a sullen husband who drank too much. There came a time, two months after her marriage, when her husband beat her viciously. Mrs. Lester, her spirit broken, walked into a police station and pleaded wearily: “Please keep my husband away from me . . .” She went to work as a domestic at Devon Hospital, Glenhuntly. Her husband, taxi-driver Francis William Lester, 33, brooded at home in Chapel st., St. Kilda . At Devon Hospital, where she lived-in, Mrs. Lester regained some of her former gaiety and love of life. She was laughing and joking with a nurse as she walked out into the hospital grounds after work on October 18 to go to her quarters. Then, from the bushes, came a shot, followed by several more. Mrs. Lester died, bullet ridden, on the threshhold of a new life. Her husband, who had lain in wait for her, then killed himself. Mr. Burke, S.M., City Coroner, recorded verdicts of murder and suicide at the double inquest yesterday.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – October 18, 1955

A WIFE PLEADED ‘KEEP HIM FROM ME …’

Gladys Lester, 26, realised within a week or two of marriage that she had made a mistake. Her married life was one round of bickering and squabbling with a sullen husband who drank too much. There came a time, two months after her marriage, when her husband beat her viciously. Mrs. Lester, her spirit broken, walked into a police station and pleaded wearily: “Please keep my husband away from me . . .” She went to work as a domestic at Devon Hospital, Glenhuntly. Her husband, taxi-driver Francis William Lester, 33, brooded at home in Chapel st., St. Kilda . At Devon Hospital, where she lived-in, Mrs. Lester regained some of her former gaiety and love of life. She was laughing and joking with a nurse as she walked out into the hospital grounds after work on October 18 to go to her quarters. Then, from the bushes, came a shot, followed by several more. Mrs. Lester died, bullet ridden, on the threshhold of a new life. Her husband, who had lain in wait for her, then killed himself. Mr. Burke, S.M., City Coroner, recorded verdicts of murder and suicide at the double inquest yesterday.