One of the prominent barristers who has always maintained that Sue Neill-Fraser’s murder conviction is unsustainable, Melbourne based Robert Richter QC, has announced in the Tasmanian Court of Criminal Appeal today via videolink from Melbourne that he will lead her appeal team at the hearing starting on Monday, March 1, 2021.
Richter is acting pro bono and will be working alongside fellow appeal barristers Paul Smallwood and Chris Carr SC, and with instructing solicitor Paul Galbally, also Melbourne based.
Chief witness, Meaghan Vass, will be giving evidence from a remote witness room and will not be physically present in court.
Justice Wood also announced the court had decided not to stream or video record proceedings.
She said counsel from both sides had expressed concerns about prejudice should the appeal result in a retrial, “which may arise from wide exposure of evidence and witnesses”.
wrongfulconvictionreport.org editor Andrew L. Urban will be in Hobart at the court to cover the appeal – subject to seat availability in the covid-restricted court.