• Short Summary

    A BRITISH PRISON SUPERINTENDENT AND THREE GUARDS WERE HACKED TO DEATH AND 28 WARDERS WERE WOUNDED IN 30 MINUTES OF SADISM AND TERROR ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE SUN-BAKED PENAL ISLAND OF PULAU SENANG (ISLE OF EASE), TEN MILES FROM SINGAPORE.

  • Description

    A BRITISH PRISON SUPERINTENDENT AND THREE GUARDS WERE HACKED TO DEATH AND 28 WARDERS WERE WOUNDED IN 30 MINUTES OF SADISM AND TERROR ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE SUN-BAKED PENAL ISLAND OF PULAU SENANG (ISLE OF EASE), TEN MILES FROM SINGAPORE.

    A HEAVY ESCORT OF POLICE TOOK DETAINEES AWAY FROM THE ISLAND AFTER MORE THAN 300 OF THEM WENT ON AN INHUMAN RAMPAGE. THEY GOUGED OUT THE EYES OF MR DANIEL S. DUTTON, THE SUPERINTENDENT, AND HACKED HIM SLOWLY TO DEATH WITH NATIVE GARDENING TOOLS. MR TAILFORD, HIS DEPUTY, WAS STABBED IN THE TEMPLE AND IS IN A SINGAPORE HOSPITAL IN A SERIOUS CONDITION.

    THE RIOT STARTED JUST BEFORE 2 P.M. AS THE 400 DETAINEES FROM SINGAPORE, ALL WITH SECRET SOCIETY CONNEXIONS, WERE BEING MARCHED FROM THEIR DORMITORIES FOR THE DAY'S GARDENING. ALL HAD CHANGKOLS (A KIND OF HOE) AND PARANGS (NATIVE KNIVES).

    IT WAS THE DAILY ROUTINE, AND THE DETAINEES, IN THEIR GREY PRISON SHORTS, MARCHED TO THE VEGETABLE PLOTS BY THE SEA. SUDDENLY THE UNARMED WARDERS WERE ATTACKED WITH THE GARDENING TOOLS AND THE PRISONERS IN BARE FEET CHARGED THE U-SHAPED ADMINISTRATIVE SECTION WHERE MR DUTTON AND MR TAILFORD WERE WORKING. MR DUTTON MANAGED TO SEND AN EMERGENCY ALARM TO SINGAPORE BEFORE BEING ATTACKED AND MUTILATED IN SECRET SOCIETY TRADITION.

    THE GANGSTERS SET THEIR DORMITORIES ALIGHT. THIRTY SEIZED TWO PRISON LAUNCHES AND TRIED TO REACH A NEIGHBOURING INDONESIAN ISLAND. IN THE MEANTIME, MR DUTTON'S ALARM HAD PUT THE SINGAPORE POLICE, MARINE AND OTHER SECTIONS IN MOTION AND A CUSTOMS CRAFT RAMMED ONE OF THE TWO PIRATED LAUNCHES AND THREW EIGHT GANGSTERS OVERBOARD. THEY WERE RECOVERED AND ARRESTED. THE OTHER THUGS IN THE ISLAND SURRENDER WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVED.

    MR DUTTON WAS A GREAT BELIEVER IN PENAL REFORM AND REFUSED TO HAVE WEAPONS ON THE ISLAND BECAUSE, HE SAID, PERSUASION GREATER THAN POWER.

    THE 2,000-ACRE ISLAND IS NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED. ITS FUTURE WILL BE DECIDED BY A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY. THE ISLE OF EASE, SET IN THE BLUE WATERS OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, NEAR THE FAMOUS RAFFLES LIGHTHOUSE, WAS AN EXPERIMENT IN COMBATING SECRET SOCIETY GANGSTERS BY MODERN PENAL METHODS.

    THE EXPERIMENT BEGAN THREE YEARS AGO WHEN THE SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT WAS LOCKED IN A STRUGGLE AGAINST THE SECRET SOCIETIES WHICH CONTROLLED THE SINGAPORE UNDERWORLD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABU92E7CIMVVFEC8F5FACL2SP4
    Media URN:
    VLVABU92E7CIMVVFEC8F5FACL2SP4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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