A law professional specializing in miscarriages of justice has questioned the Arcade Murder conviction made 70 years ago.
A 50-year-old Brisbane man was sentenced for asphyxiating his secretary, Bronia Armstrong, 19, in his workplace. In 1947, a court found him guilty. The incident grabbed public attention and shocked the whole nation during that time. However, the event has once again come into the limelight as Flinders University’s Miscarriages of Justice Project’s Bob Moles has questioned the court’s verdict.
After studying the case thoroughly, Moles raised doubts on the conduct of the trial. “I would say Reginald Brown did not get a fair trial by today’s standards and he did not get a fair trial by yesterday’s standards,” the lawyer told Australian Story. He has argued that the law enforcement officers expressed a tunnel view on the whole matter and investigated based on Brown only.
Moles said that he found it very surprising to see that the dead body of the 19-year-old was found at 9:30 in the morning and the suspect was charged with murder by 6:00pm. “In a circumstantial case, the prosecution should establish there is no other rational explanation consistent with the innocence of the accused,” he added.
The suspect was declared guilty within seven weeks of murdering the girl and was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor. It has only been nine days of conviction when Brown hanged himself in the Brisbane’s Boggo Road Gaol prison. ABC noted that he left a handwritten note in which he said he was innocent.
Meanwhile, former Queensland detective Alicia Bennett said that his injuries showed that he was the murderer. The leader has authored a book based on the Arcade Murder incident. She described that the bitten fingernails, cuts on knees, etc. implied his “significant defense wounds”. She also said that there was a huge crowd that followed Armstrong’s last journey from the church to the crematorium.