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THE PALM ISLAND MURDERS
PRYOR AND HOFFMAN
SHOOTING OF CURRY
Saying that the prosecution should never have been launched, Judge Douglas in the Supreme Court directed the Crown Prose- cutor to withdraw the charge of murder against Peter Pryor, an aborigine, and Thomas Hoffmann, assistant superintendent at Palm Island Aborigine Settlement. They
were charged with the murder in
February of Robert Henry Curry, superintendent of the settlement. The Crown Prosecutor told the jury how Curry, after killing his two children and setting fire to the house, wounded Doctor and Mrs. Pattison and left in a launch. Next afternoon he was seen returning and Hoffman armed Pryor and an- other native telling them to shoot Curry when he landed. Curry was also armed. Pryor shot him when he landed. The Judge contended that the shooting was justified.