Andrew L. Urban.
Yesterday’s story by Matthew Denholm in The Australian (‘Yacht murder witness changes her tune again’) does not refer to any new statement made by Meaghan Vass in the matter of Sue Neill-Fraser, but is a repeat of the police statement of March 11. ‘Again’ is a reference to the earlier claims by police, Denholm explains, to describe how Vass had recanted once before (in court, in October 2017).
Denholm says that as he had been away on leave around the time of the 60 Minutes interview going to air, he was now “reviewing the stories at the time; what the police had put out then was quite ambiguous”. He did speak to someone for yesterday’s story (filed on Sunday, April 14, 2019) but is “not going to say who” and has “complete confidence in the information” that Vass recanted to police when questioned by police on or about March 7 or 8. “My information was clearly that she had lied (on 60 Minutes).” Only a police source could provide such information.
Yesterday, Vass denied she had recanted to police.
Readers have suggested that Denholm’s story was misleading, in that it suggested a new development, post March 12. To the question whether he had received any feedback to the story yesterday, Denholm said “I have had emails and phone calls about it but as yet I haven’t had time to get back to them…”
One such writer to Denholm was reader Garry Stannus, who commented today: “I am dismayed to have read Matthew Denholm’s recent article and I find that it falls short of the journalistic standards which he usually displays… I have written to Matthew “.
Diane Kemp wrote: “This journalist needs to be accountable for what he has written however, there is ample evidence aside from what MV has provided to still have Sue released to home detention immediately.”
Readers have also suggested that in advance of the upcoming appeal, the police seem intent on discrediting Vass.
tony wrote: the two persons named by Meagan Vass, are they being investigated or are they being protected by this certain detective whose name seems to crop up every time, perhaps he is the one who has been leaning on Meaghan and all the other witnesses