Viewing entries posted in June 2014
Shadow of Doubt, the AFI/AACTA nominated and international award-winning documentary on the Sue Neill-Fraser murder case, was shown at a special screening by the Western Tiers Film Society at Deloraine in Tasmania on Saturday night. Eve Ash, psychologist and film-maker, who produced Shadow of Doubt, was there to speak about the film and answer any questions. I also spoke about some of the issues in the case and the challenges in getting the matter back before the courts.
There will be another candlelight vigil for Sue organised by the Sue Neill-Fraser Support Group for Friday night on the lawns of Parliament House in Hobart. People are asked to assemble at 5.20 pm with their candles for a 5.30 pm start. I understand that Eve Ash, psychologist and film-maker who produced the AFI/AACTA nominated and international award-winning Shadow of Doubt documentary on the case, will be speaking along with Support Group Chair, Ms Lynn Giddings, and Ms Sarah Bowles, Sue's daughter.
17 Year Old Cold Case in NSW - 60 Minutes Report last Sunday 15 June 2014 - Deficiencies in the Historical Police Investigation
Fascinating account by 60 Minutes of the historical investigation into a 17 year old cold case in Bathurst NSW where one of two kidnapped girls has never been found. NSW Police are now actively reviewing the case and have offered a significant reward to uncover the truth of the matter and identify the offender, following a recent Coroner's Inquest.
Candlelight Vigil on the Lawns of Parliament House Hobart on Friday 13 June 2014 re Sue Neill-Fraser and Bob Chappell
Good media coverage of the candlelight vigil last night on the lawns of Parliament House here in Hobart. The weather gods were smiling on us and it was a mild and dry night, despite the forecast of showers and even a storm! Around 70 people turned up to show their respect for the memory of Bob Chappell and to demonstrate their concern about the safety of the Sue Neill-Fraser murder conviction. The vigil was covered by both Southern Cross TV and ABC TV. See the article in today's Mercury: http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/candles-burn-for-mercy-as-speakers-call-for-probe-into-murder-verdict-without-a-body/story-fnj4f7k1-1226953935690?from=public_rss
A reminder that tonight, Friday 13 June 2014, is the night of the candlelight vigil on the lawns of Parliament House, Hobart, for Sue Neill-Fraser. The vigil is being held to also honour the memory of Bob Chappell, who disappeared from the yacht Four Winds moored off Sandy Bay on Australia Day 2009, never to be seen again. Bob was the chief radiation physicist at the Royal Hobart Hospital and had been involved in the treatment of innumerable cancer sufferers. Sue Neill-Fraser was subsequently convicted of his murder on an entirely circumstantial case - no body, no weapon, no direct eyewitnesses, no admissions or confession, no forensic evidence linking Sue to the crime and no plausible motive. Her appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal in Tasmania failed (other than on sentence) and her application for special leave to appeal to the High Court was refused. Sue has vehemently protested her innocence at every opportunity.
Breaking News - Robert Xie to Face Fresh Murder Trial as New Evidence Emerges over Lin Family Killings in Sydney
A Supreme Court Judge has ordered a new trial for the man accused of murdering five members of the same family in Sydney. See http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-10/xie-to-face-fresh-trial-as-fresh-evidence-emerges/5512654
First Decision of the SA Supreme Court with the New Further Right to Appeal Legislation - R v Drummond  SASCFC 135
SA has led the way in relation to the introduction of further right to appeal legislation in criminal matters. The first case to go before the Full Court of the SA Supreme Court for leave to appeal was the matter of R v Drummond  SASCFC 135, which was an attempted kidnapping case. A summary of the case can be found on Bob Moles' very useful website Networked Knowledge. See http://netk.net.au/SA/Drummond.pdf.
An article in The Age on 7 June 2014 by Julieanne Strachan stated that an "influential justice advocacy group" has called for a Royal Commission into forensic procedures over the last 20 years in light of the recent Inquiry findings into the murder conviction of David Eastman.
On 7 June 2014, there was an article in The Age by Julieanne Strachan entitled "SA's new appeal laws may spread around country". The article cited the comments made by Justice Michael Kirby in an opinion piece published by Fairfax in May 2013 that experience had shown that errors could slip through the system. Kirby J, when outlining the limited options available to those who may have been wrongfully convicted and who had exhausted their appeal options, stated:
My Draft Abstract for my Presentation to the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences in Sydney in August 2014
I was asked some months ago by Professor James Robertson, the President of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), to present a plenary lecture to the Academy in Sydney in August 2014. I have known James since the mid 1980's when I was on secondment from the NSW Police to the then National Police Research Unit in Adelaide working on a national forensic resource register project. James was working at the SA Forensic Science Centre, not having long arrived from Scotland. When I asked James recently about the topic on which he would like me to speak, he commented that people were often curious about my seeming transformation from senior police officer to a lawyer fighting on miscarriage of justice cases and corruption issues. He asked me whether I had had an "On the Road to Damascus" type experience. He suggested that I speak to the Academy about my personal journey in which I have traversed the country and taken on, seemingly, quite a different role to my policing career. Accordingly, I developed the below draft abstract for my talk on 20 August 2014 in Sydney.