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Sailors Appeal Dismissed

SYDNEY. Wednesday-The Full High Court today unanimously rejected the appeal of two naval stokers who are in Long Bay Gaol under sentence of death for murder. The two men are Leading Stoker Albert Ronald Gordon and Stoker Edward Joseph Elias.

A naval court-martial had found the two men guilty of the murder of Stoker John Joseph Riley on the high seas. The appeal had been made on the ground that under Section 98 of the Defence Act a court martial had no power to sentence a member of the defence forces to death, except for mutiny, treason, or desertion.

Sir George Rich, the presiding judge at the appeal, said in his judgement he was satisfied the court-martial was properly constituted under the law, and had authority to convict and sentence the applicants.

The Mercury 9 July 1942




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