Glen Sabre Valance
was convicted of shooting his former employer, Richard David Strang,
with a rifle while he lay sleeping with his wife. Valance added to his
crime by then raping Strang's wife as she lay alongside her husband's
It was claimed that Valance should have been
acquitted on the ground of insanity.
At this time, public opinion was building against
hanging and there was a world trend toward the abolition of capital
punishment. Valance was the last man to hang in South Australia and the
second to last in Australia.
Glen Sabre Valance was hanged on 24 November 1964.
Glen Sabre Valance,
age 21, was hanged in Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Richard Strang. He
was the last man executed in South Australia on November 24 1964.
Valance claimed he had a grievance with Strang.
Valance once worked for Strang but was sacked because Strang accused him
of theft. Strang had legal proceeding against him for accusing him of
theft. Valance claimed Strang owed him money and it was Strang's fault
Valance had his car reprocessed.
In the early hours of June 16 1964, Glen Valance tied
up three station hands at the Koonroon property near Bordertown, South
Australia then entered the bedroom of Richard and Suzanne Strang.
Valance shot and killed Richard Strang as he slept and then raped his
wife. Valance escaped by car and drove towards Adelaide, Mrs Strang
called Police and Valance was captured at a road block near Murray
Bridge. The rifle was in the car with him.
Trial and Sentence
Valance pleaded insanity but was found guilty and
sentenced to death by South Australian state Chief Justice Sir Mellis
Napier on September 17, 1964. The Supreme Court of South Australia
dismissed his appeal on October 9 and a further application to the High
Court of Australia for leave to appeal was rejected on November 9. The
death sentence was carried out on November 24.