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Barrier Miner, Wed 23 May 1928 1

NEW SOUTH WALES
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POLICE INSPECTOR CHARGED
IN SYDNEY POLICE COURT

Sydney, Wednesday.

    In the Central Police Court to-day Edward Dudley Davis appeared on two charges of having committed abominable offences. The defendant was described on the charge sheet as an inspector of police in the Solomon Islands. Davis was remanded till May 31 on £200 bail.

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Evening News, Wed 23 May 1928 2

ON GRAVE CHARGES
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ISLAND INSPECTOR
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    Edward Dudley Davis, 29, appeared before Mr McMahon, SM, at the Central Court to-day on two charges of having committed abominable offences with Frederick Watsford and Ross Leslie Colley between April 25 and May 21, and May 1 and 21.

    On the charge sheet defendant was described as an inspector of police in the Solomon Islands.

    Mr ER Abigail, for the defence, agreed to an application by Sergeant Hart, police prosecutor, for an adjournment.

    Mr McMahon remanded Davis until May 31 on £200 bail.

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The Maitland Daily Mercury, Wed 23 May 1928 3

TWO CHARGES.
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ISLANDS VISITOR REMANDED.
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Sydney, Wednesday.

    At the Central Police Court to-day, Edward Dudley Davis appeared on two charges of having committed abominable offences with Frederick Watsford and Ross Leslie Colley.

    Defendant was described on the charge sheet as an inspector of police in the Solomon Islands.

    Davis was remanded till May 31 on £200 bail.

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The Sun, Wed 23 May 1928 4

SERIOUS OFFENCE
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POLICE INSPECTOR CHARGE
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MAN FROM SOLOMONS [sic]

    When Edward Dudley Davis, 29, an inspector of police in the Solomon Islands, appeared at the Central Police Court to-day, charged with having committed offences with Frederick Watsford and Ross Leslie Colley, his solicitor, Mr ER Abigail, applied for a remand.

    The accused is at present on three months’ leave from police headquarters at Tulagi. He was arrested at his hotel in the city yesterday as a result of certain reports made to the police.

    The offences with which he stands charged are alleged to have been committed between April 25 and May 21.

    Mr McMahon, SM, granted a remand to 31 May, bail being fixed at £200.

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Singleton Argus, Thu 24 May 1928 5

ABOMINABLE OFFENCES
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MAN APPEARS ON TWO CHARGES
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Sydney, Wednesday.

    At the Central Police Court to-day, Edward Dudley Davis appeared on two charges of having committed abominable offences with Frederick Watsford and Ross Leslie Colley. Defendant was described on the charge sheet as an inspector of police in the Solomon Islands. Davis was remanded till May 31st on £200 bail.

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Evening News, Thu 31 May 1928 6

POLICE OFFICER
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SERIOUS CHARGES
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TO STAND TRIAL
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    EDWARD DUDLEY DAVIS, 29, described as a police inspector of the Solomon Islands, appeared at the Central Court to-day on charges of having committed serious offences against two youths, and with having had an unlicensed revolver in his possession.

    Mr GATES, CSM, said he had been requested by the father of one of the boys to ask that their names be kept out of the papers.

St. James Hotel, corner Market Street, looking south along Elizabeth Street, Sydney, Feb 1961. Image: NSW State Library collection. Reproduction: Peter de Waal
St. James Hotel, corner Market Street, looking south along
Elizabeth Street, Sydney, Feb 1961. Image: NSW State Library
collection. Reproduction: Peter de Waal

    Detective Kennedy said he went to defendant’s rooms at the St James Hotel and informed him that the father of one of the boys had seen a letter written by him. Defendant denied the charge against him.

    The detective added that he had received a communication from the Resident Commissioner of the Western Pacific asking for details of the case against Davis.

    One of the boys said he saw Davis about three or four weeks ago in Elizabeth-street. The other boy was with defendant. He went to Davis’ rooms. No offence was committed, but Davis put a £1 note in witness’ pocket, which he threw away. He visited defendant’s room on another occasion.

“HOSTILE WITNESS”

    Sergeant Dennis asked witness whether he had given a statement to the police, but Mr Dare objected.

    Sergeant Dennis replied that he proposed to treat the witness as hostile.

    Mr Dare, however, objected on the ground that there was a difference between a hostile witness and an adverse witness.

    The other youth said he had known defendant for two months. They met on several occasions at defendant’s room at the St James Hotel. Defendant did not interfere with him at any time.

DIFFERENT STATEMENTS?

    Sergeant Dennis questioned witness regarding alleged differences between his statement to the police, and his statement in court.

    Witness said that he signed the statement given to the police after he had been threatened.

    Mr Gates dismissed the charge in connection with one of the youths, but committed Davis for trial on a charge of having indecently assaulted the other youth. Bail was fixed at £100.

    On the charge of having had a revolver without a license, defendant was remanded until June 13.

    Mr Dare, instructed by Mr WH McCarthy appeared for Davis.

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The Sun, Thu 31 May 1928 7

LETTER TO SM.
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POLICE INSPECTOR CHARGED
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FROM SOLOMON IS.

    Edward Dudley Davis, aged 29, police inspector, of the Solomon Islands, was before Mr Gates, SM, at the Central Police Court to-day, charged with serious offences against Ross Leslie Colley and Frederick Watsford.

    He was further charged with being in possession of an unlicensed revolver.

    At the opening of the case Mr Gates stated that he had a request from the father of one of the boys, asking that the names be kept out of the newspapers.

    Mr Dare, appearing for Davis, stated that he could see no objection to the names being published. It was his client who needed protection rather than the boys.

    Detective Kennedy, in evidence, told how he saw Davis in his rooms at the St James Hotel, and informed him that Colley’s father had intercepted a letter to his son from him. When questioned Davis said that he “could not quite remember” certain details. Afterwards he denied the charge. Later he was charged with the offences.

    Under cross-examination Detective Kennedy stated that he had received a communication from the Chief Commissioner of the Western Pacific, asking for details of the case against Davis.

    “I have made inquiries from Colley’s parents, and they were shocked at the affair,” he went on. “My inquiries elicited nothing against either boy.”

“NOT CORRECT”

    Leslie Colley said he was in Elizabeth-street three or four weeks ago, with Watsford, when he first saw Davis. Davis spoke to him, and they met a few times by appointment. Finally he went to Davis’s room. Davis put a £1 note in his pocket when he left, but he flung the note away. Another time, he went to Davis’s room and had a whiskey and soda, and left soon afterwards. Davis he said, never actually committed any offence.

    The prosecutor, Sergeant Dennis, was permitted to question Colley on parts of a statement he had made to the police, and Colley said they were not correct.

“YES TO EVERYTHING.”

    Frederick Watsford said that after the meeting in Elizabeth-street he spent a couple of hours with Davis on two occasions. Davis had never committed any offence.

    Sergeant Dennis questioned Watsford about discrepancies in alleged statements given to the police, and on his evidence. He said “Yes” to all questions put to him by the police, he told the prosecutor. He signed the statement given to the police “after he had been threatened.”

    Mr Gates dismissed both serious charges against Davis, but committed him for trial on a charge of indecent assault against Colley.

    Bail of £100 was allowed.

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Barrier Miner, Fri 1 Jun 1928 8

OFFENCE AGAINST YOUTH
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MAN TO STAND TRIAL
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Sydney, Friday.

    At the Central Police Court yesterday Edward Dudley Davis (29), described as a police inspector in the Solomon Islands, was charged with having committed a serious offence against two youths.

    The magistrate dismissed the charge in connection with one of the youths, but committed Davis for trial on a charge of having indecently assaulted the other youth.

    On a charge of having a revolver without a licence Davis was remanded until June 13.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 1 Jun 1928 9

POLICE INSPECTOR.
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COMMITTED FOR TRIAL.
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    Charged with a serious offence, Edward Dudley Davis, 29, police inspector of the Solomon Islands, was committed for trial from the Central Police Court yesterday.

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Truth, Sun 3 Jun 1928 10

ISLANDER
Policeman is Sent
for Trial
BOYS CALLED

    TANNED with tropical suns, Edward Dudley Davis, 29, a sub-inspector of police at Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands, who is at present on holiday in Sydney, appeared in the Central Court dock.

    He was charged with having committed serious offences against two youths.

    Mr Lionel Dare, instructed by WH McCarthy, appeared for him.

    The father of one of the boys came forward at the commencement of proceedings, and asked that his son’s name be kept out of the papers, but Mr Gates, CSM, replied that that was a matter entirely at the discretion of the press.

    Detective-Sergeant Kenny gave evidence of interviewing Davis in his room at St James Hotel. Davis, he said, admitted that the youths had visited him in his room.

    Questioned about the alleged offences, Davis at first stated he could not remember, and then denied the charges.

    The sergeant said he informed Davis that certain letters sent to one of the boys had been intercepted by the father, and handed to the police.

    On the dressing-table of Davis’s room, Sergeant Kennedy said he found a photo of one of the youths, which Davis admitted had been given him.

    The two boys gave evidence of visits to David’s room, but denied that the offences had occurred.

    As they had previously made signed statements to the contrary, prosecuting Sergeant Dennis asked that they be treated as hostile witnesses.

    Davis was committed for trial on one charge of indecent assault, £100 bail being allowed.

    It was stated by Sergeant Kennedy in cross-examination that a communication had been received from the Resident Commissioner of the Western Pacific asking for details of the case.

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Evening News, Mon 11 Jun 1928 11

NOT GUILTY
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ON SERIOUS CHARGE
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    After a retirement of ten minutes the jury at Darlinghurst Sessions this afternoon returned a verdict of not guilty in the case of Edward Dudley Davis, 29, described as a police inspector in the Solomon Islands, who was charged with having indecently assaulted Ross Leslie Colley at Sydney last month.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 11 Jun 1928 12

LAW NOTICES.
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Monday, June 11.
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QUARTER SESSIONS.

    Edward Dudley Davis, indecent assault on a male person; William Sydney Leaman, Edward Charles Leaman, and David Douglas Mulligan, inflicting grievous bodily harm; Benjamin Klaveren, lewdness.

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The Sun, Tue 12 Jun 1928 13

POLICE INSPECTOR ACQUITTED
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    Edward Dudley Davis, a sub-inspector of police in the Solomon Islands, was acquitted at the Darlinghurst Quarter Sessions yesterday on a charge of having committed an indecent assault.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 12 Jun 1928 14

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Curlewis.)
Crown Prosecutor, Mr VH Treatt.

ACQUITTED.

    Edward Dudley Davis, 29, sub-inspector of police in the Solomon Islands, was charged with indecently assaulting a boy, at Sydney, on some day in May.

    Mr Lionel Dare (instructed by Mr WA McCarthy) appeared for the accused, who was acquitted and discharged. 

 


1     Barrier Miner, Wed 23 May 1928, p. 2.

2     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Wed 23 May 1928, p. 10.

3     The Maitland Daily Mercury, (NSW), Wed 23 May 1928, p. 5.

4     The Sun, (Sydney, NSW), Wed 23 May 1928, p. 15.

5     Singleton Argus, (NSW), Thu 24 May 1928, p. 2.

6     Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Thu 31 May 1928, p. 13. Emphasis in original and added.

7     The Sun, (Sydney, NSW), Thu 31 May 1928, p. 17. Emphasis added.

8     Barrier Miner, Fri 1 Jun 1928, p. 1.

9     The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 1 Jun 1928, p. 8.

10   Truth, (Syd, NSW), Sun 3 Jun 1928, p. 23. Emphasis in original and added.

11   Evening News, (Sydney, NSW), Mon 11 Jun 1928, p. 11.

12   The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 11 Jun 1928, p. 8. Emphasis added.

13   The Sun, (Sydney, NSW), Tue 12 Jun 1928, p. 17.

14   The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 12 Jun 1928, p. 7.