The Argus – August 24, 1942
HOBART, Sun: There were angry scenes outside a cafe in Hobart to- night when the proprietor, Francois Fouche, former professional wrestler, was arrested on a charge of manslaughter.
The charge arose out of the death, as the result of a fractured skull, of Leslie Joseph Appleton, 27, who was alleged to have been injured the previous night on the cafe steps.
Despite the presence of a strong police cordon the crowd surged forward amid shouts and boos as soon as Fouche appeared in the company of detectives, and a revolver shot was fired from the crowd. Kicks and blows were aimed at Fouche, who was hustled back into the cafe.
By a ruse the crowd was drawn away while Fouche was rushed into a waiting police car and taken to the police station, where he was charged.