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Moffitt, Frederick Herbert (1874–1931)

from Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld)

Police investigating the murder of Frederick Moffitt, aged 57, taxi driver, whose body was found huddled over the steering wheel of his cab at Long Bay Road, Maroubra, this morning, were confronted with many baffling points, but late to-night they arrested a man in connection with the affair and charged him with murder.

Moffitt was well-known in the Darlinghurst district, but it is not known whether he at any time became involved in any of the underworld feuds in that area. A paper seller doing his rounds, this morning, saw the cab slewed into the gutter outside his house at the corner of Long Bay and Torrington roads. The driver, apparently asleep, was crouched over the wheel. A local resident, standing at his gate in pyjamas, called out that a chap had been stabbed to death. The newsagent, on making an examination, found Moffitt was dead. There was a bullet hole in the right breast.

Working on the theory that Moffitt was the accidental victim of some underworld vendetta; the police are now looking for his passenger of last night, thinking he too may have been wounded. Two men, who lived in a house close to where the tragedy occurred, were detained. Late to-night one was charged with murder and the other man was held on a vagrancy charge. The police have taken possession of a high powered rifle found in their house.

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'Moffitt, Frederick Herbert (1874–1931)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/moffitt-frederick-herbert-13645/text24411, accessed 19 September 2019.

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