Twenty two years ago over a five month period three Aboriginal Children: Colleen Walker-Craig, Evelyn Greenup and Clinton Speedy-Duroux were murdered in the small town of Bowraville on the mid north coast of New South Wales.
To date no person has been convicted of these crimes.
The police investigation of these murders was characterised by flawed communication, crucial evidence was missed, crime scenes were not properly identified, witnesses were poorly interviewed and legitimate lines of inquiry were not properly followed up.
Although attempts have been made to bring charges in these matters, as yet there has not been a trial where all three murders were considered together.
On 8 February 2013, the NSW Attorney-General Mr Greg Smith advised that he would not exercise his power under Section 115 of the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 to allow an application to be filed in the Court of Criminal Appeal seeking a re-trial with all three cases together. We are asking that the NSW Government support a Royal Commission into the handling of the investigation, failed prosecutions and the manner in which applications to have the matters referred to the Court of Criminal Appeal were assessed and rejected.