Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Mother's 25-Year Search for Answers

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Mother's 25-Year Search for Answers

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Kerri Moore

Senior reporter

ALMOST 25 years after her teenage son was murdered, Warwick woman June Speedy finally has hope.

Hope a review of double jeopardy laws in New South will allow a retrial of the only suspect in her son's brutal death.

Hope the person responsible is finally made accountable.

And hope that she and two other sets of parents can finally get justice for their slain children.

During a period of five months between 1990 and 1991, June's 16-year-old son Clinton Speedy-Duroux; Colleen Walker, also 16; and four-year-old Evelyn Greenup were murdered in Bowraville.

The man accused of killing Clinton and Evelyn was tried for the murders but not convicted.

He was also suspected of - but never tried for - killing Colleen, whose body was never found.

NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton yesterday appointed Justice James Woods to oversee a review of the state's double jeopardy laws, following an upper house inquiry that found flaws in the trial system.

The inquiry heard the legal system at the time prevented the man being tried for all the murders in the single trial, meaning crucial evidence may have been missed.

If successful, the review will allow the case and others like it to be retried a single time.

June, who still carries her murdered son's wallet with her everywhere she goes, said yesterday's news was a positive step toward justice for Clinton, Evelyn and Colleen.

"I'm feeling happy because this is good news and I think we are finally going to get justice," she said.

"It will make me a better person and I really just want to know what happened to my son.

"I just hope justice is done for Clinton."

Just last week, June visited her son's grave in Tenterfield and played Michael Jackson's You are Not Alone for her boy. …

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