Widow voices her anguish over fatal night out

SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS: Roisin Maitland and her children pictured with their late husband and father Scott Snodgrass.
SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS: Roisin Maitland and her children pictured with their late husband and father Scott Snodgrass.

IN A DEEPLY emotional letter to the Premier, Roisin Maitland has called for answers surrounding the death of her husband Scott Snodgrass.  

The 34-year-old father of her children died after a late night altercation in Coffs Harbour in May.

Publishing her moving appeal on social media, the Coffs Harbour mother-of-four gave a tragic insight into her children's struggle to come to terms with the loss of their dad.

"I could write you a book detailing the pain of having to live without my husband and watching my children struggle every day without their father - the heartache suffered having to tell my four children their daddy was going to heaven," Ms Maitland wrote to Premier Barry O'Farrell.

"I urge you, Mr O'Farrell, to take a long hard look at the names of all the people killed due to a punch - then think of their loved ones and the anguish so many of us feel with the NSW criminal justice system."

Mr O'Farrell responded vowing that the Premier's Department would look int o the matter.

"Thank you for taking the time to bring this to my attention," Mr O'Farrell responded on Twitter.  

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell Trevor Veale

Five months on, the case remains under police investigation.

A 21-year-old Boambee East man, arrested after the incident was released without charge.

Police have interviewed several witnesses about what they saw on the night of May 18. 

In a statement, police said officers have regularly liaised with the family and that a number of public appeals for help have been made.

"My story has not made national news, it has not been sensationalised and I have not allowed it to be, in order to protect my children," Ms Maitland said.

"However, when my children were fighting the other day and I told them hurting each other was not acceptable, my seven-year-old asked 'then why did someone punch Daddy and he died and they are not in trouble?'

"This is when I realised enough is enough."

Scott Snodgrass pictured with his daughter Eve hours before the fight that claimed his life.
Scott Snodgrass pictured with his daughter Eve hours before the fight that claimed his life. Facebook

Investigators involved in the case are said to be awaiting the results of the post mortem and it is understood the legalities of the case are being considered by the NSW Police legal department.

Alarmingly, local man Luke Anderson, 25, suffered brain trauma in a separate 'king hit' assault on that same strip of pavement last month.

Yet again police responded to another reported assault near the Grafton St taxi rank at the weekend.

The spate of serious assaults have heightened public calls for greater surveillance in the area.

It is well known that police officers called to assaults have to rely on indirect security footage provided by local hotels, the nearby kebab shop and a traffic camera mounted across the street.


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