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£974 THEFT CHARGE
"Heard Secretary Say 'It's Gone'''
Miss M. C. Domjahn, formerly typist in the office of the Incap- acitated and Wounded Sailors and Soldiers' Association of Queens-
land, gave evidence in the Police Court yesterday that, on January 27, she heard the secretary, Leslie Duncan Sinclair, 46, clerk, say to the then president (Mr. L. Rich- ards), 'It's gone. I am not going crying or whingeing about it.' Sinclair is charged with having stolen £974/8/3 from the association oetween March 30, 1938, and February 5, 1939. The Crown case had not concluded yesterday, when Sinclair was remanded until next Friday by Mr. P. M. Hishon, C.P.M. Miss Domjahn said that she was employed by the association from 1934 until February 1, 1939. Sinclair was secretary from October, 1937, to Janu- ary, 1939. He had the custody of the cash received in the office, and the cheque books were kept in a safe under his jurisdiction. For the art union conducted by the association in 1938 100,000 tickets were obtained, and of these about 47,000 were sold by H. Moynihan, who, with other ticket sellers, re turned the equivalent of 60 per cent of their sales; retaining: 40 per cent She did not know of any occasion when a ticket seller had handed in the equivalent of 90 per cent, and re ceived a refund of 30 per cent, from the office.
'CHEQUE BUTT CHANGED' Sinclair frequently discussed racing with her. In 1938, at the time of the Warwick races, he obtained leave for four days, and told her that he was going to Warwick. Shown a cheque butt for £250 by Detective Sergeant T. W. Harold, she said that when she saw it in January it was for only £50. In 1938 and 1939 she had not cashed any cheques for the association. To Mr. B. H. Matthews (for Sin- clair), Miss Domjahn said that she had attended races in Brisbane with Sinclair, Richards, and the associa- tion treasurer (Mr. Cuddy). Mr. Matthews: Didn't Richards take a prominent part in the run- ning of the office? Miss Domjahn : As president, he sometimes gave us instructions. You have banked money for him in his private account?— He has given me money at the office to bank for him. I think the largest amount was £70. That was in January this year. On how many occasions in the last year have you banked money for him?— About six times.' Did not the treasurer go through the statement and the cheque books each month before the committee meeting?— He always went through the financial statement. ART UNION SALES Henry Moynihan, of Raine Street. Milton, said that in March, 1938, he made arrangements with Sinclair to sell art union tickets, receiving 10 per cent commission and 30 per cent, for expenses. He was supplied with a car, and covered towns between Brisbane and Cairns. He handed £700 to the association. Detective Sergeant Harold: Did you at any time pay in the equivalent of 90 per cent. and later get a refund of 30 per cent.? Moynihan: No. I deducted 40 per cent. myself. After giving evidence of having conducted a carnival for the associa- tion at Southport last Christmas, Moynihan said that he had not re- ceived any money beforehand for ex penses. 'I paid all the expenses of the carnival, and later remitted the balance of the money, less my per- centage,' he said.