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Adelaide Mail (Newspaper) - January 12, 1952, Adelaide, South AustraliaNational Library of Australia a tit wh6suf a6h jars Utility 1/6 Doz. Victory 1/11 Doz. Rubber stores 1m bundle st., 86 Balfe to. Why pay More Boston cigarettes Only 2/8 packet of 20 wholesale agent Cornell limited 122 Pirie st., Adelaide father never lost Hope son would get Freedom Sydney sat when Frederick Lincoln Mcdermott left Long boy gaol yesterday he carried with him a bundle of letters from his pensioner father. All of them ended keep up your spirits son. I m praying for you every night Mcdermott said today my dad and i never gave up Hope that Justice would be done. From the time the Royal commission opened i was confident i would be released in gaol. Mcdermott treasured the letters he i received from his father an old age pensioner Liv ing at Inverell. Sentenced to life imprisonment five years ago for the murder of William Henry layers at Grenfell new on september 5, 1936. Mcdermott was freed yesterday afternoon. His release followed a report to the government by or. Justice Kinsella who. As a Royal commis Sion completed his in Quiry a few weeks ago into Mcdermott s conviction in 1947. Or. Justice Kinsella found there was reasonable doubt in Mcdermott s conviction. Mcdermott in Law was entitled to the Benefit of the doubt. The Man who started the Campaign to have Mcdermott released was Long Bay gaol warder t. P. Martin. Warder Martin became convinced of Mcdermott s innocence during talks with him. He approached anglican chaplain the Rev. C. J. Sumner at the gaol and asked what could be done. Signed letter or. Sumner made in quiries in Dubbo Forbes and country areas where Mcdermott was known. Following these inquiries residents of the areas signed a letter asking or. Sumner to try to get Mcdermott released. Warder Martin said to night i was so clearly convinced of Mcdermott s innocence that i had Many talks with or. Sumner about it. Mcdermott s conduct and Demeanour were not what one would expect from a Man convicted of murder. Warders and fellow prisoners were impressed by his repeated claims of innocence. He was a Model Pri Soner who respected gaol officials and was always polite and courteous told news Mcdermott was told in the. Observation Ward at 1.20 . He was to be re leased. The news stunned Mcdermott. The tears rolled Down his face when supt. Vagg said you re a Lucky Man Mac. You re to be re leased a former convict said there was evidence that when Mcdermott was supposed to have driven a car to Grenfell. He could not drive. There was also evidence that the car Mcdermott was supposed to have used was Brown not Blue. . S Triumph the verdict was a Triumph for Mcdermott s counsel. Or. J. W. Shand. Pc. Or. Shand. After examining details Eiven him by the new Public solicitor or. R. W. Hawkins accepted the Brief irrespective of fee. Legal men said or. Shand s fee could reason ably have been 100 ens. For the Brief and 66 ens. A Day. One of or. Shand s staff said or. Shand spent nearly 400 hours on the Case. Or. Shand said tonight two things stand out in my mind now that the Case is Over. One is the tremendous argument it raises against the system of capital punishment. The other is the com plete vindication of the establishment of the office of Public solicitor had to be helped after superintendent Vagg had told him of his release warder Martin Cut Mcdermott s hair and shaved him. After being shaved Mcdermott seemed to lose muscular control. Martin had to Button up Mcdermott s shirt and help his fumbling hands fix the Collar outside his coat. Gaol officials contributed to his wardrobe which included three flannel shirts and two pairs of boots. His suit and shirt were gifts from the prisoners Aid society. Later Mcdermott said most people in the gaol believed i would get out once the commission started. Some of the prisoners Laid Odds and wagered issues of Jam and tobacco thanked doctor Mcdermott s nervousness gradually Dis Appe a r e d when he had been out of gaol a few hours. After he had thanked various people for their help he said i want to thank Jack too for keep ing things moving to try to prove my innocence Jack was a doctor who had been a prisoner in Goulburn gaol with Mcdermott. The doctor had had a Brilliant proves s i o n a 1 career before the lapse which led to his imprison ment. He has since made Good in another state. Frederick Mcdermott arriving at the Sydney court after his Case had been reopened following a move by the new Public solicitor or. R. W. Hawkins. I arriving t Ove new Points on Royal drive the Premier or. Ploy Ford today announced further details of the Royal Progress through Adelaide on saturday March 8. Or. Playford made these Points ? about 33,000 school children would line the route. They would be drought to the Assembly areas by special transport. ? special provision would be made for crippled and convalescing children and patients from the general repatriation Hospital Spring Bank. ? before the Royal pro Gress All the scots bands in South Australia would make a spectacular March along the route. Full Story on Page 3. Advice to lovelorn Are you old lonely or lovelorn if so you probably have a problem on. Which you would like expert and sympathetic advice. See Page 5. . Woman in crash Dies Hobart. Sat miss Annie Evelyn de mole of Algate a. Died from head in juries in Roval Hobart Hospital late this after noon after a car Accident at Lindi Farne. She was in a car with or. And mrs. Don Swan of Lindi Farne and their daughter and two Small children whose names Are unknown. Mrs. Swan who was driving the car. Through Lindi Farne attempted to Knock a Wasp off the Windscreen and collided with a Telegraph pole. Or. And mrs. Swan their daughter and one boy Are in Hospital with limb in juries. The condition of All s satisfactory. Baby boys sad note Melbourne sat a 21-year-old boy was found wandering through Melbourne traffic this afternoon. The abandoned child was befriended late this afternoon by a woman who noticed him. Bewildered in front of Spencer Street station. The woman phoned for the police who found in the child s pocket this note that told its own Story of a desperate Money less Mother whoever finds this boy. Would you please give him a Home i can t. I am out of Money. I Don t know where to go. His name is Harold suicide fear police fear the Mother May have committed Sui cide. They Are making an intensive search for her. Women police think she May be misleading them Over the child s name. They addressed him As Harold several times but he did not appear to take any notice. The boy who is Blue eyed and fair complexioned appeared Well looked after. He could not Tell police his surname or give a coherent account of what had happened this afternoon. Women police gave him a meal and told stories to cheer him up. Then they placed him in the Dock and charged him with being a neglected child. Arrangements Are being made to have the child taken to a Home. 17 cases of polio seventeen definite and four suspect polio cases have been admitted to Northfield infectious diseases Hospital this week. Last week five definite and five suspect cases were admitted. Two suspect cases have been admitted today a woman 34. From Largs Bay. And a Man 29, from Parkside. I it was a pity not to make the most of the Sun today and get a deep Tan so Millns of j Glenelg Complete with Beach hat and Sun j glasses in hand spent the afternoon on Somerton Beach. I j treaty move Tokio sat Japan might soon sign a treaty of Friendship with nationalist China the Kyodo news Agency said today. It said the Yoshida Cabinet was working on the treaty. It gave no de tails

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