Andrew L. Urban.
Meaghan Vass says she will say in court what she said on 60 Minutes, that she was on board Four Winds (the crime scene) when Bob Chappell was killed – and Sue Neill-Fraser (who has been convicted of his murder) was not. “If I have to go to court I will say the same as I said to 60 Minutes – as it’s the truth.”
Vass spoke to wrongfulconvictionsreport.org on the eve of the 10th Anniversary of Neill-Fraser’s August 20, 2009 arrest for the murder of her partner Bob Chappell on Australia Day 2009. “Firstly I’d like to say that I have not made any statement of any kind to anyone since 60 Minutes.” That interview went to air on March 10, 2019, but was recorded well before the March 8 police interview, after which police issued a statement to the effect that she had changed her story. This is the second time Vass has denied that. The first time was on April 15, three days before her court appearance, where the transcript of the police interview failed to provide any evidence to support the police claim.
The police interview on March 8, 2019, was recorded on camera as far as the bud of weed she was carrying – but after the video was stopped, she was asked by a detective (in reference to being on board Four Winds at the time of Chappell’s death) to “tell the truth” – to which Vass replied: “I already have.”
Clearly concerned for Sue Neill-Fraser still being in prison, she said: “I wish things would happen quicker for Sue as since 60 Minutes things seem to be taking too long to happen.”
Vass, who is still homeless as she was in and prior to 2009, has been in and out of rehab and is (at time of writing) staying with friends.