‘BETRAYAL’ is how Leonie Duroux described the feeling of watching a majority of NSW parliamentarians vote down the bill tabled by Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge to implement Recommendation 8 of the Bowraville Inquiry’s unanimous report to broaden double jeopardy laws.
“David put forward his second reading of the bill and Liberal and Labor members voted it down … even members of committee (the 2014 parliamentary Inquiry into the family response to the murders in Bowraville),” Ms Duroux, who is one of the representatives for the families of murdered Bowraville children Colleen Walker, Clinton Speedy Duroux and Evelyn Greenup, told the Guardian.
“I was so cranky – when one of the Liberal members got up and said he was voting against it, we walked out.
“We came back to hear the end of the debate …
“I can’t believe this is where we are – again … its f***ing ridiculous.”
Ms Duroux said in contrast, the support the families received at their rally help just prior to the sitting was fantastic.
“More than 250 people joined us when we walked up Macquarie St
“The police blocked the road off for us and we walked right up the middle of the road.
“It was an amazing feeling.”
And the next step?
Ms Duroux said Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin and his team had been working flat out and would be would be making another submission to the NSW Attorney General next week.
The families have been fighting for justice for their children for 26 years.
Recommendation 8 of the Parliamentary Inquiry requested:That the NSW Government review section 102 of the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 to clarify the definition of ‘adduced’, and in doing so consider:
• the legal or other ramifications of defining adduced as ‘admitted’, particularly on the finality of prosecutions
• the matters considered by the English courts under the equivalent UK legislation
• the merit of replacing section 102 of the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 with the provisions in section 461 of the Criminal Appeals Act 2004 (WA), and
• the merit of expressly broadening the scope of the provision to enable a retrial where a change in the law renders evidence admissible at a later date.
The report was supported unanimously by parliamentarians when it was originally tabled at the end of 2014.
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