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From: steve becker
Time: 11:48:07 AM
Remote Name: 18.104.22.168
while doing some reseach on soldiers who deserted the AIF, I came across another lucky bloke who has Morant and Handcock to thank.
A soldier from the 1st Australian Divison was sentanced by GFCM to death by shooting in October 1916. The crime was "striking his superior officer"
This sentence was commuted in late October 1916 to two years Hard labor and he was sent away to Jail in the UK.
In May 1918 this sentence was suspended and he was returned to Australia.
It doesn't say how the offence occurred but since the 1st Division had just come out of the Bloody Nightmere of Pozieres it posible his pound was short a few pence?
There are many cases like this, which include murderers and others of more harder crimes.
Was the death penalty needed or not? And is it needed now?