Bowraville murders the development of a shock: the government loses the third attempt to send a worker, 52, to trial for alleged murders in cold cases of three aboriginal children
- The government of New South Wales has lost its attempt to have a man go to trial for murders in cold cases
- 52-year-old was previously acquitted in separate trials of killing two children
- The disappearance of a third Aboriginal child at the same time prompted calls for a new trial
Australian Associated Press
The NSW government has lost its attempt to have a man go to trial for the murder of three Aboriginal children in Bowraville nearly 30 years ago.
The 52-year-old man, who can not be named for legal reasons, was previously acquitted in separate trials for the murder of two of the children, Evelyn Greenup, 4, and Clinton Speedy-Duroux, 16, in the late 1990s and early 2000s. 1991
The New South Wales government had argued that there was strong new evidence – related to the disappearance of a third child, Colleen Walker, almost at the same time – to justify the annulment of the acquittals and the order for a retrial.
The 52-year-old man, who can not be named for legal reasons, was previously acquitted in separate trials for the murder of two of the children: Evelyn Greenup (left), 4, and Clinton Speedy-Duroux (right), 16
But on Thursday, the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeals found that this evidence was available in one of the trials and that it could not be tried again in the other case, since it was not open to the government to change its original request.
Colleen Walker, 16, disappeared almost at the same time as Evelyn Greenup and Clinton Speedy-Duroux
Police had alleged that the man had murdered Evelyn Greenup, aged four, between October 4, 1990 and April 27, 1991, in Bowraville, on the north coast of NSW.
They also alleged earlier that the man murdered Clinton Speedy-Duroux between February 1 and 18, 1991, also in Bowraville.
The two children were among the three aboriginal youth from the inner city who died in a period of five months from 1990 to 1991.
Colleen Walker, 16, disappeared almost at the same time.
Her body has never been recovered, but the articles of her clothing were found loaded with stones in the nearby Nambucca River several months after she disappeared.