Andrew L. Urban
Requests to the Tasmanian Premier and Attorney-General for comment on the Etter/Selby documents repudiating the police investigation into Bob Chappell’s disappearance tabled in Parliament last August have been ignored, while signatures on the petition calling for a review of Sue Neill-Fraser’s conviction for Chappell’s murder have soared to over 32,300.
Documents seeking special leave to appeal to the High Court were lodged on Sue Neill-Fraser’s behalf in January 2022.
The high number of signatures on the petition (highest for Tasmania) has prompted several letters and a news story in the Hobart Mercury (June 7, 2022), in which reporter Amber Wilson writes:
Neill-Fraser has now been locked up at the Mary Hutchinson Women’s Prison for nearly 13 years for murdering her partner Bob Chappell on Australia Day, 2009.
Key supporter Rosie Crumpton-Crook said the change.org petition was started by filmmaker Eve Ash, who also recently launched a podcast, Who Killed Bob?
She said the podcast, plus television series Undercurrent, which featured the case, had led to a recent jump in signatures.
The petition calls for an independent inquiry, or a commission of inquiry, into Neill-Fraser’s conviction, claiming her case was a miscarriage of justice.
Ms Crumpton-Crook said Neill-Fraser was unlikely to apply for parole. (She will be eligible in August 2022)
“She’s certainly said that to me in letters. She’s more concerned with clearing her name rather than being released from prison,” she said.
Earlier this year, wrongfulconvictionsreport had twice requested both the Attorney-General and the new Premier to comment on whether they had read or been briefed on the extensive documents provided by former Neill-Fraser lawyer Barbara Etter and Canberra barrister Hugh Selby that reveal serious deficiencies in the investigation and even evidence withheld. We pointed out that until the High Court engages with the application, this matter is not before any court and the Attorney-General is free to announce if a review is to be held.
Our requests for a comment have been ignored.