YEAR OF DEATH
DETAILS OF DEATH
Detective Constable Roe and Sydney Hammond were taking inventory of stolen goods at Hammond’s garage in Claremont, when Mrs Hammond arrived and managed to pass a .22 calibre palm pistol to her husband. Hammond jammed the pistol into Roe’s back and fired three times, before running off. Despite his wounds, Roe gave chase whereupon Hammond fired twice more, striking Roe in the chest and head, mortally wounding him. Hammond jumped into his wife’s car and drove away. They were later captured. Mrs Hammond was imprisoned for seven years and her husband’s death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Det. Const. Roe joined the Police Force on the 23rd of April 1936.