The NSW Aboriginal Land Council has welcomed Premier Mike Baird’s commitment to refer an application for the retrial of a suspect in the Bowraville murder case to an independent assessment.
NSWALC Chair Roy Ah-See said the decision honoured a commitment to implement one of 15 recommendations made by a Parliamentary Inquiry last year.
Cr Ah-See said the Premier’s announcement ensures a fresh application for a retrial will be assessed by an independent person with no previous involvement in the case.
“The Premier’s announcement is a positive step forward on the long journey to justice for the families of Colleen Walker-Craig, Evelyn Greenup and Clinton Speedy-Duroux,” he said.
The three were murdered near Bowraville in 1990 and 1991. Although a person of interest was charged with two of the murders, no conviction was secured.
NSWALC Councillor for Mid-North Coast Peter Smith, who joined family and members of the Bowraville community at a rally in Sydney last week, said he was heartened by the Premier’s involvement in the case.
“The families of Colleen, Evelyn and Clinton will not rest until justice is delivered.
“The anguish and despair these families have endured for 25 long years is impossible for people to fully comprehend.
“In a quarter of a century, they’ve dealt with more setbacks than successes. Every avenue possible must be explored to deliver justice and restore faith in our criminal justice system in New South Wales,” Cr Smith said.