Sue Neill-Fraser needs your help. She is now starting her 13th year in a Tasmanian prison–serving a 23 sentence for (allegedly) murdering her longtime partner, Bob Chappell.
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 her ex-boyfriend bludgeoned Bob Chappell. Her DNA confirms her presence. Despite Sue being granted the right to appeal, her appeal process has dragged on for years and was finally heard in March 2021, but the judgement has not yet been made. Sue’s probono legal team continue to fight for her conviction to be quashed.
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
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Write directly seeking an Independent Judicial Inquiry to:
Shadow Attorney General the Hon. Ella Haddad firstname.lastname@example.org