1964

03May

Denman, Ray

First Constable, 11561

At about 2.47 pm on Sunday, 3rd May, 1964 First Constable Denman received a telephone call from Aileen Wilkinson of 51 Knox Street, Numurkah, who complained that her boyfriend Kim Dean Christian was armed with a shot gun and beating on the back door of her home.
Denman, who attended almost immediately, ran to the rear of the house and approached Christian, whose firearm discharged fatally wounding the Constable.  Christian later claimed he had not known that Denman was behind him.  He said he had felt something touch his shoulder and had moved backwards at which time the gun accidentally discharged.  It was only then that he saw that the policeman had been shot, and he immediately went to the local police station and reported the death.  Despite his protestations of innocence, he was charged with the Constables’ murder.  Later presented at the Shepparton Supreme Court on a charge of manslaughter, he was acquitted after a four day trial.