Devastated mother's tearful tale of her son's murder
AS SHE walks past a photo of the son brutally ripped from her life more than two decades ago, Warwick mother June Speedy offers a beaming smile, a little wave and a "hello sweetie".
The simple gesture is the closest she can get to the handsome teenager who was murdered while visiting his father Thomas in Bowraville, NSW back in 1991.
It's her way of keeping him in her life and showing her eternal love.
Despite the time that has lapsed, talking about what happened to the boy she loved so dearly is still a painful task for this grieving mum.
And although she longs for closure on the night that has haunted her for 21 years, she is becoming fearful she may never get justice for her slain son.
Clinton's body was discovered two weeks after he went missing, later determined he died from blunt force trauma to the head.
The tragedy rocked the Bowraville community, which was still reeling from the murders of two other children - Colleen Walker, also 16, and Evelyn Greenup, 4 - in the months before Clinton's death.
The only suspect in the case, Jay Hart, has twice been acquitted of the murders of Clinton and Evelyn.
Nobody has ever been charged over Colleen's death.
The Attorney-General last week decided Hart would not stand trial for the murders again, despite claims of new evidence in the case.
Ms Speedy said she had always hoped somebody would be made accountable for the death of her son, lovingly dubbed "Bubby".
"I don't think we are going to get justice - I really don't," she said.
"I would really just like to know what happened to my son."
Ms Speedy said to hear her son was murdered was a debilitating pain and coping with it was an ongoing battle.
"I just trembled - I couldn't stop trembling - and I couldn't eat for a good while," she said.
The grieving mum would pack her bags and visit friends and family to try to get through the pain.
"I never thought anything like this would happen to him there - it's such a small town," she said.
Ms Speedy has been dealt immense pain in her lifetime, losing a four-month-old son to cot death and another adult son to motor neurone disease about four years ago.
Somehow, through all the tragedy, she musters the strength to remember the good times and the boy who loved listening to Michael Jackson cassettes for hours on end.
The boy who made friends with everyone he met and always showered the children of the family with love and attention.
"The last thing he said was he would be back to see if he had a niece or nephew but he never made it," Ms Speedy said.