Justice sought in Bowraville murders
A FORMER Bowraville resident may become the first person to be re-charged under changes to double jeopardy law which came into force in 2006.
The matter is currently before the NSW Attorney General John Hatzistergos.
The man has been acquitted twice on murder charges following the deaths of three Bowraville children 20 years ago.
“The matter is currently being reviewed and is not yet resolved; as such, the Attorney General cannot provide any further comment on it,” a spokesman for Mr Hatzistergos said yesterday.
Colleen Walker, 16, Evelyn Greenup, 4, and Clinton Speedy, 16, were murdered in late 1990 and early 1991 at Bowraville.
The remains of Clinton Speedy and Evelyn Greenup were later found near the town.
The clothes last worn by Colleen Walker, weighted down by rocks, were found in the Nambucca River by a fisherman. Her remains have never been found.
Despite the efforts of NSW Police homicide detectives from Strike Force ANCUD, no-one has been convicted of the murders.
The same man was tried for the murder of Clinton Speedy in 1994 and for the murder of Evelyn Greenup in 2006.
He was acquitted on both occasions but the families of the three victims have continued their efforts to have him tried again.
In 2006 they campaigned successfully to have the NSW Government to change the double jeopardy legislation, which prevented anyone from being tried twice for the same crime.
The changes made four years ago mean that the same person could be tried again, if fresh and compelling evidence was found against the person and if in all the circumstances, a re-trial was in the interest of justice.
“We want justice for our kids,” said Evelyn Greenup’s aunt, Michelle Stradhams.
“Evelyn’s life was taken so early.
“Justice would provide healing for the family and community.”
The new legal push by the three Bowraville families is being assisted by The Public Interest Law Clearing House, a senior counsel and international law firm Allens Arthur Robinson, working on a pro bono basis.
“This is a case that deserves wider attention,” said spokesman for Allens Arthur Robinson, Chris Fogerty.
“Our team working on this matter is very committed to assisting the families in whatever way it can.”