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1924, Victor Eldridge - Unfit For Publication
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    [Unfortunately no newspaper reports could be located for Eldridge’s 11 Mar 1924 Burwood Police Court indecent exposure trial.]

 



Victor Eldridge
, 1929

 

Evening News, Thu 28 Feb 1929 1

GIRL OF EIGHT
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SERIOUS CHARGE
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LABORER ACQUITTED
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    When Victor Eldridge, 24, laborer, was charged at Darlinghurst Sessions to-day with having indecently assaulted a girl aged eight years, in a Bankstown picture theatre, counsel for accused, Mr McMahon, asked the jury not to allow itself to be prejudiced by the wave of sexual depravity about which so much had been said recently.

    The Crown case was that accused sat beside the child at the picture-show and interfered with her clothing.

    The Crown Prosecutor, Mr Treatt. said the seriousness of the offence charged was increased by the danger of corruption or the child’s mind.

    It was stated that when the police taxed accused with me offence he denied it, and said he was not at the picture theatre that night.

    Eldridge was discharged.

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The Sun, Thu 28 Feb 1929 2

IN PICTURE SHOW
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ASSAULT CHANGE FAILS
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8-YEAR-OLD GIRL

    When Victor Eldridge, aged 24, was charged at Darlinghurst Sessions today with a serious offence against a girl of eight years, the Crown Prosecutor (Mr Vernon Treatt) said that it was alleged that the defendant sat down alongside the child in a Bankstown picture show on December 10 and interfered with her clothes.

    The seriousness of the offence charged, Mr Treatt declared, was increased by the danger of corruption of the child’s mind.

    After the performance the child complained to her step-sister, who, in turn, spoke to her husband. Outside the picture show Eldridge was pointed out to the husband.

    The husband walked up to the defendant and taxed him with having assaulted the little girl, and called, him “a brute” and “a beast.”

    Eldridge denied that he had interfered with the child, and when questioned by Sergeant Wilmott, stated that he had not been to the picture show.

    The defence of Eiridge, [sic] as given in a statement from the dock, was an alibi.

    In addressing the jury, Mr TP MacMahon, for the defence, asked the jury not to allow itself to be prejudiced by the wave of sexual depravity which so much had been heard recently.

    Eldridge was acquitted and was discharged.

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National Advocate, Fri 1 Mar 1929 3

A SERIOUS CHARGE
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Young Man Acquitted
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SYDNEY, Thursday.

    At the Darlinghurst Sessions to-day Victor Eldridge (24) was charged with having committed a serious offence against a girl of 8 years. Crown Prosecutor said it was alleged that defendant sat down alongside the child in a Bankstown picture show on December 10, and interfered with her clothing. After the alleged offence, the child complained to her step sister, who in turn spoke to her husband.

    Out side the picture show, Eldridge was pointed out to the husband, who walked over and taxed him with having assaulted the girl. Eldridge denied that he had interfered with the child. When questioned by the police, he said that he had not been at the picture show.

    Eldridge’s defence, as given in a statement from the dock, was an alibi.

    In addressing the jury, Mr McMahon, for the defence, asked the jury not to allow itself to be prejudiced by the wave of sexual depravity of which so much was heard recently.

    The accused was acquitted.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 1 Mar 1929 4

QUARTER SESSIONS.

No. 1 COURT.
(Before Acting Judge Rowland.)

    Crown Prosecutor, Mr VH Treatt.

ACQUITTED

     Victor Eldridge, 21, labourer, was charged with having indecently assaulted a girl, 8 years of age, at a picture show at Bankstown on December 10.

    Mr TP MacMahon (instructed by Messrs Charles A Morgan, Doust, and Co.) appeared for the accused, who was acquitted and discharged.

 


1     Evening News, (Syd, NSW), Thu 28 Feb 1929, p. 13. Emphasis added.

2     The Sun, (Syd, NSW), Thu 28 Feb 1929, p. 13. Emphasis added.

3     National Advocate, (Bathurst, NSW), Fri 1 Mar 1929, p. 3.

4     The Sydney Morning Herald, (NSW), Fri 1 Mar 1929, p. 9.