Andrew L. Urban.
In the wake of the Tasmanian Government’s dismissal today to consider a Royal Commission as urged by Civil Liberties Australia, we respectfully put forward this draft proposal for public discussion to form the basis of such a Royal Commission or an Independent Commission of Inquiry into the murder conviction of Sue Neill-Fraser, to shine a light on matters of public concern surrounding the entirety of the case. We do not share the Tasmanian Government’s ‘full confidence’ in the Tasmanian justice system.
On October 15, 2010 in the Supreme Court of Tasmania, SUSAN BLYTH NEILL-FRASER, was convicted on a charge of murdering her de facto, ROBERT ‘BOB’ CHAPPELL on their jointly owned yacht, Four Winds, anchored in the Derwent River at Sandy Bay, Hobart, Tasmania.
Neill-Fraser has always maintained her innocence of the charge upon which she was convicted. She appealed unsuccessfully against the conviction. Doubts have nevertheless remained as to her guilt and as to evidence in the trial leading to her conviction and to the correctness of the dismissal of her appeal on March 6, 2012, and the refusal of the High Court to hear her appeal on September 7, 2012.
Doubts have also arisen as to the fullness of the police investigation and subsequent shortcomings in the brief of evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
ROYAL COMMISSION / COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO THE MURDER CONVICTION OF SUSAN BLYTH NEILL-FRASER
The inquiry is to be guided by the meaning given to like terms in sub-s. 475(1) of the NSW Crimes Act (1900).
The Inquiry must commence with the fact that a conviction has been recorded, and that questions or doubts have been raised sufficient to justify the Governor, on the petition of the person convicted or some person on his behalf, or the Supreme Court of its own motion, to direct a Justice to conduct an Inquiry and to summon and examine on oath all persons likely to give material information on the ‘MATTERS SUGGESTED’ and any other matters that arise and are deemed by the Commissioner to warrant examination, including any systemic issues as to police procedures, practices of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions or Tasmania’s legal system in general.
*POLICE INVESTIGATION PROCEEDINGS PRIOR TO THE TRIAL
*THE CASE PUT TO THE JURY BY THE PROSECUTION
*THE FORENSIC EVIDENCE AT THE TRIAL
*OTHER EVIDENCE AT THE TRIAL
*THE TRIAL JUDGE’S OVERSIGHT OF THE TRIAL & SUMMATION TO THE JURY
*THE DISMISSAL OF THE GROUNDS OF APPEAL BY THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEAL OF TASMANIA (2011)
*THE EVIDENCE PUT TO THE HIGH COURT SEEKING LEAVE TO APPEAL (2012)
*THE ACTIONS TAKEN BY PREMIER WILL HODGMAN, ACTING ATTORNEY-GENERAL MATTHEW GROOM AND SOLICITOR-GENERAL MICHAEL O’FARRELL ON RECEIPT OF A DOSSIER ON 11 MAY 2017 FROM COLIN MCLAREN, EVE ASH AND ROBERT RICHTER QC WITH NEW AND RELEVANT INFORMATION CONCERNING THE MURDER OF BOB CHAPPELL
*THE CHARGES OF PERVERTING JUSTICE AGAINST CERTAIN PERSONS DURING SEEKING FURTHER LEAVE TO APPEAL UNDER CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT BILL 2015 (No 42) (2017 – 19)