Call for retrial over murdered children
THE mystery over who killed Warwick teenager Clinton Speedy-Duroux more than 25 years ago could soon be resolved.
The man suspected of murdering him, but who was acquitted of the alleged crime and another of the Bowraville child killings, is to be recalled for a retrial.
This time the Attorney-General has asked for a third murder charge to be added, the first time the three famous cases will have been linked in the courtroom.
Jay Hart was charged and later acquitted of the murder of the 16-year-old Warwick boy and four-year-old Evelyn Greenup.
He was also a suspect in the murder of 16-year-old Colleen Walker-Craig, but was never charged.
All three children went missing from Bowraville, New South Wales, in a five-month period between 1990 and 1991.
Colleen’s body was never found.
NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton said she would ask the state’s Criminal Court of Appeal to hold a retrial so all three cases could be heard together.
“After careful consideration, I have decided there should be no further delay in bringing this matter to court,” she said.
“The best and most transparent way to deal with this tragic case is to make an application for retrial to the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.”
Leonie Duroux, Clinton’s sister-in-law, said this outcome was exactly what the family had been fighting for.
“We are extremely excited,” she said.
“A chance to argue the three cases together is all we have ever wanted. Unless you put them together, you don’t get the full picture.”
Ms Duroux said despite more than two decades having passed, the families of the children had not wavered in their quest for the truth.
“Have we thought about giving up? Probably. But only for a second,” she said.
“Because you remember why you are doing this and what you are fighting for.
“We had a protest on May 5 and I think that pressure has helped. Nothing happens without a protest or if it isn’t in the newspapers.
“We expected it to go to a third-party review but the Attorney-General sent it straight to the Court of Appeal – that was more than we expected.’’
Ms Duroux never met Clinton but said she was driven to fight for justice for her late husband’s little brother.
“I came into the picture after Clinton was murdered but I feel privileged to be part of this journey,” she said.
“The trauma the family has been through has been monumental.
“They just want justice. Pure and simple.”
Ms Upton said it was now up to the courts to decide the case.
“The court must be satisfied that the evidence is fresh, compelling and that a retrial is in the interests of justice,” she said.
“As Attorney-General I believe that it is in the interest of the families and in the wider public interest that the Court of Criminal Appeal rule on these questions.”