Sue Neill-Fraser spent 13 years of a 23-year sentence for allegedly murdering her longtime partner Bob Chappell, she was released on parole in 2022. She wears an ankle bracelet and has continuing restrictions imposed on her location and activities. The fight to clear Sue’s name is not over, she was wrongfully convicted and her supporters are determined to keep up the fight to address the injustice.
Sue’s Trial was an entirely circumstantial case – no witnesses, no body, no motive, no murder weapon, no forensics against Sue while plenty of missed evidence and other suspects who were not investigated. Bob’s body has never been found. Despite this, there was an elephant in the court room – a large volume DNA sample found on the deck of the yacht – DNA that proves someone else was aboard. The owner of the DNA lied about her whereabouts. And police ignored her and her associates.
The Tasmania Police investigation was deeply flawed, devoid of accepted crime scene principles and procedures, and thorough crime scene analysis. The forensics were problematic. Police just cherry-picked what forensics they wanted. Witnesses were mistaken. Some lied, others were never identified or followed up. Tunnel vision was rampant, early in the investigation and continues today. Key exhibits remain untested.
The justice system has failed Sue. The jury were presented with speculation on how Bob was killed and what murder weapon was used. An eye witness has now broken her silence and in 2019 said on national TV that she was there and saw how her ex-boyfriend bludgeoned Bob Chappell. Unfortunately the witness has been unreliable, often changing her story. However nothing changes one fact: her DNA at the crime scene confirms her presence.
Despite Sue being granted a new right to appeal in 2015, her appeal process dragged on for over 5 years and was finally heard in March 2021, with a judgement going against her in November 2021. One judge dissented, so it was 2:1. Her probono legal team have applied for Special Leave to Appeal to the High Court of Australia and this will proceed in coming weeks. If successful she will then wait months to have the full appeal heard by the High Court.
Books and films are helping to provide the untold story. Southern Justice is a must read. Undercurrent TV seres exposes the truth – now on 7Plus and on Discovery+. Wrongfulconvictionsreport.org has published over 140 articles on Sue’s case. Eminent lawyers have claimed this is the worst miscarriage of justice in Australia.
CALL FOR A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY
The case must be INDEPENDENTLY investigated and the real perpetrators charged and convicted. The evidence and information is compelling. A judicial inquiry/Royal Commission would be able to methodically explore how the police and legal system failed Sue and to identify any malpractice.
2013 Robert Richter QC and Greg Barnes SC wrote to the former Attorney-General seeking an inquiry. Rejected.
2017 Robert Richter QC, Eve Ash and Colin McLaren presented a detailed dossier to the Premier of Tasmania, the Acting AG and the Solicitor General, seeking the appointment of an Independent Commission of Inquiry headed by an interstate Judge with respected and experienced interstate homicide police investigators. Rejected.
2021 Barrister Hugh Selby and Sue Neill-Fraser’s former lawyer Barbara Etter presented a number of detailed documents detailing investigation flaws and non-disclosure by police and prosecutors, seeking intervention by AG Elise Archer. See August 2021 exposé of articles on Andrew Urban’s Wrongful Convictions Report
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Sue is in her declining years, she is now in a wheel chair. Her partner was murdered, 13 years have been taken from her, along with property and reputation.
She needs her life back, to be back with her family, enjoy seeing her grandchildren and spending time with her friends.
PETITION FOR INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL INQUIRY: Please sign the petition and encourage others to sign. (Getting close to 35,000 signatures!)
LETTERS TO TAS POLITICIANS:
Write directly seeking an Independent Judicial Inquiry to:
The Tasmanian Attorney-General, the Hon. Elise Archer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Premier, The Hon. Jeremy Rockliff email@example.com
Shadow Attorney General the Hon. Ella Haddad firstname.lastname@example.org
EMAIL TO SUE NEILL-FRASER:
Send an email to Sue Neill-Fraser email@example.com
SUPPORT RALLY – JUSTICE FOR SUE
19 Aug 2023 | SATURDAY | 11am - 1pm
Hobart Parliament Gardens.
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