New Bowra evidence brings hope

THE Bowraville community hopes an ABC Four Corners program about the murder of three children in the community between 1990 and 1991 will air fresh, compelling evidence to allow the case to be brought to trial yet again.

There have already been two trials, which saw the prime suspect acquitted twice.

Twenty years later the families of Evelyn Greenup, Clinton Speedy Duroux and Colleen Walker are still fighting for justice.

In December last year a Freedom of Information request from the victims’ families allegedly uncovered new evidence.

This together with the changes to the double jeopardy laws in 2006 to allow a defendant to be tried for the same crime twice if new evidence is brought to light, are what the families are pinning their hopes on.

Michelle Stadhams, aunt of four-year-old Evelyn, said she hoped the new NSW Attorney-General, whoever that may be, might reconsider the case.

“If all three cases were tried together, you would see how it’s all linked - that they are very similar,” Ms Stadhams said.

The three children all went missing within a five-month period.

The bodies of Evelyn and 16-year-old Clinton were found on a track not far from "The Mish", home to many of the town’s Aboriginal community.

The body of 16-year-old Colleen was never found, although her clothes were discovered weighed down by rocks in the Nambucca River.

The program goes to air at 8.30pm on Monday night.

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