ON THIS DAY – July 15, 1954
BERYL JEAN BALDWIN, 40, alleged to have been murdered by her husband at St. Arnaud on July 15, had an appointment with another man on the night she died, Snr.-Detective Jack Ralph Ford told the City Court yesterday. He was giving evidence against John Henry Baldwin, 35, mill hand, of Henry st., St. Arnaud. Baldwin was remanded to the City Court until July 29.Detective Ford said Mrs. Baldwin’s body was found on July 16 in a dam four miles from St. Arnaud. A post-mortem showed she had died from extensive head wounds from an iron bar or similar instrument. A small car was found in the dam. “Admissions” Baldwin had been questioned and had made certain admissions, the detective added. Detective Ford said “It appears so” when asked by Mr. Galbally (for Baldwin) if Baldwin’s wife had been unfaithful. Mr. Galbally: From your own knowledge, do you believe she had a boyfriend at the time of her death? on that night she had an appointment with another man. Detective Ford agreed there was evidence of a minor accident near the body. He said Baldwin was favourably known in St. Arnaud where he had lived all his life.