A man has been issued with a court attendance notice in relation to the murder of two children in the NSW town Bowraville more than 25 years ago.
The man was issued with a court attendance notice this morning and is expected to appear in the state’s Court of Criminal Appeal in February.
The man was previously found not guilty over the murders that occurred between 1990 and 1991.
A third child also disappeared at the same time, however the man has not been summoned in relation to that death.
There have been repeated requests from police and the victim’s families since the tragedy to have the case be reopened.
In May this year the NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton ordered the case be sent to the appeal court to examine the man’s previous acquittals and consider a retrial.
“The best and most transparent way to deal with this tragic case is to make an application for retrial,” Ms Upton said at the time.
“I have met their families and understand the pain and suffering they experience every day more than 25 years after the death of the children,” she said. “After careful consideration, I have decided that there should be no further delay in bringing this matter to court.”
What happened to them?
Between 1990 and 1991 three aboriginal children went missing from the same street in Bowraville.
16-year-old Colleen Walker, four-year-old Evelyn Greenup and 16-year-old Clinton Speedy-Duroux, all disappeared within a five month period.
At the time, the police treated each disappearance as a missing person’s case instead of a potential murder and that decision may have affected the investigation’s ability to secure evidence.