New evidence draws links in Bowraville murder cases
THERE are crucial links in the individual Bowraville murder cases indicating the same person may have been behind the three children's disappearances during the 1990s.
That's the legal argument that has been heard in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal this week to determine if there is enough fresh and compelling evidence to order a retrial into all three deaths.
A man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has previously been found not guilty by a jury of the murders of Evelyn Green-up, 4, and Clinton Speedy-Duroux, 16, in two separate trials.
Four witnesses were allegedly told details about the unsolved murders of the three Aboriginal children, the court heard, but doubts were also raised that their statements "lack credibility."
Evelyn, Clinton and Colleen Walker, 16, disappeared from Bowraville over a period of five months from September, 1990.
Evelyn and Clinton's bodies were found dumped off a dirt road, but Colleen's body has never been found, however police recovered items of her clothing from the Nambucca River and that evidence saw a coronial inquest rule she was likely to have been murdered.
"The victims all disappeared during the night ... In circumstances where the bodies could be disposed of before the disappearances became apparent," Wendy Abraham QC told the hearing this week, AAP reported.
Under NSW double-jeopardy laws a person can be tried for the same crime for which they have already been acquitted only if there is fresh and compelling evidence to order a retrial.