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1926, Frederick Baldrock - Unfit For Publication
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Evening News, Wed 1 Dec 1926 1

GAOL AS CURE
FOR
PERVERTS’ ACTS
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SM IS CRITICAL
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LOOKS TO SCIENCE
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THE HOPE that some day science would be able to provide treatment for men guilty of obscene behavior was expressed by Mr McMahon, SM, at the Central Court to-day, when he sentenced Frederick Baldrock, 26, fitter, to 12 months’ gaol 2 on two charges of indecent behavior.

SPECIAL CONSTABLEe Spalding, employed at Buckingham’s Ltd, said that on October 8 he saw defendant behave indecently in a lane in plain view of several girls.

    Mr McMahon said the offence was of a provoking nature. Defendant evidently made a practice of going in this place. “Decent people,” he added “regard offences of this nature with the greatest horror. Such offences require suppressing as far as possible in order to protect the morals of young girls.”

MAXIMUM PENALTY

    “Actions of this nature arc probably the result of some mental disease, but some day science will be able to provide the treatment you need. Unfortunately, the law only provides gaol for these offences, and I am going to gaol you for as long a period as I can.”

    He sentenced defendant to six months on each charge, sentences to be cumulative.

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The Sun, Wed 1 Dec 1926 3

12 MONTHS
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INDECENT BEHAVIOR
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MAN SENT TO GAOL

    Scathing remarks were made by Mr McMahon, SM, at the Central Police Court to-day, when he found Frederick Baldrock, aged 26, a litter, guilty on two charges of indecent behavior.

    J Spalding, a special constable who is employed by Buckinghams, Ltd said that on October 8 in Graham-street, a lane off Oxford-street, he saw Baldrock behave indecently in full view of a number of girls who were working in the millinery work room.

    On November 22 defendant returned and behaved in a similar manner. This time witness caught him.

    Mr McMahon said that decent people regarded offences of this nature with the greatest horror.

    “They require suppressing as far as possible,”' he said, “in order that the morals of young girls may be protected.”

    “Unfortunately, the law provides gaol only for these offences, and I am going to gaol you for as long a period as possible. The offences are probably the result of some mental disease.”

    Defendant was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment on each charge. Sentences to be cumulative.

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Daily Examiner, Thu 2 Dec 1926 4

YEAR’S GAOL
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FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR
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MAXIMUM PENALTY.

Sydney, Wednesday.

    When Frederick Baldrock, 26, fitter, was charged at the Central Police Court on two counts of indecent behaviour, the SM expressed the hope that some day science would be able to provide treatment for men guilty of obscene behaviour.

    He sentenced defendant to the maximum penalty provided by law, six months on each charge, and ordered that the sentences be cumulative, making 12 months in all.

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The Uralla Times, Thu 2 Dec 1926 5

INDECENT BEHAVIOUR.
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MAXIMUM PENALTY IMPOSED.
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    When Frederick Baldrock, 26, a fitter, was charged at the Sydney Central on two counts of indecent behaviour, Mr MacMahon, [sic] SM, expressed the hope that some day science would be able to provide treatment for all those who were guilty of obscene behaviour.

    He sentenced the defendant to the maximum penalty provided by the law, six months on each charge and ordered that the sentence be cumulative.

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Casino and Kyogle Courier and North Coast Advertiser, Sat 4 Dec 1926 6

SEXUAL MANIACS.

    When Frederick Baldrock (26), a fitter, was charged at the Central Police Court on two counts of indecent behaviour, Mr McMahon, SM, expressed the hope that some day science would be able to provide treatment for men guilty of obscene behaviour. He sentenced defendant to the maximum penalty provided by the law—six months on each charge—and ordered that the sentence be cumulative.

 


1     Evening News, (Syd, NSW), Wed 1 Dec 1926, p. 9.

2     There is a gaol photograph available from SRNSW: NRS2467, [3/6118], State Penitentiary photographic description book, 19 Nov 1926–5 May 1927, No. 21973, p. 31, R5158.

3     The Sun, (Syd, NSW), Wed 1 Dec 1926, p. 19.

4     Daily Examiner, (Grafton, NSW), Thu 2 Dec 1926, p. 5.

5     The Uralla Times, (NSW), Thu 2 Dec 1926, p. 2.

6     Casino and Kyogle Courier and North Coast Advertiser, (NSW), Sat 4 Dec 1926, p. 5.