Constable

George Henry TAYLOR

YEAR OF DEATH

1920

JURISDICTION

Victoria

DETAILS OF DEATH

About 7.00 pm Monday 15 March 1920 Constable Taylor attempted to arrest Timothy Joseph Bennett a returned soldier who had exhibited symptoms of mental illness. Bennett produced a hand gun and fired at Taylor fatally wounding him. Bennett was later arrested by a group of townspeople who held him pending the arrival of police reinforcements. He was charged with murdering Taylor and was brought to trial at Bendigo Supreme Court. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty on the grounds of insanity and Bennett was then ordered to be detained at the Governor’s pleasure.

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