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Next morning, I had a phone call from the Wagga polic: "We have your son in the cells here."

The two boys had consumed more pills on the train. Arriving at Wagga in the early hours of Saturday, they had been involved in a disturbance with police on the platform. Both had been arrested and charged. They would appear before a magistrate on Monday.

Coombsie came around to our house to discuss what to do. He rang Wagga solicitor to arrange for Peter to be represented in court. We agreed that I should fly to Wagga on Monday morning, and offer to look after Peter if he was allowed to bail again.  

It was a fruitless trip. The magistrate decided not to grant bail, and remanded the boys in custody at Goulburn jail, while the case was adjourned for two weeks.  

Inevitably there would be some publicity, and it seemed best to take the initiative. I drafted a short statement for the  Manly Daily  and took it around to hand personally to Murray White, the editor. It read:

"Recently my son Peter was admitted to emergency care in Royal North Shore Hospital suffering from a critical overdose of barbiturates. He is now facing serious charges in connection with the possession and administration of these drugs. I believe that these events are the result of a condition which requires expert treatment.

"Our family is united in its efforts to find a  

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