Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

LNP Commits to New Inquest; Opposition to Reopen Mason Case

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

LNP Commits to New Inquest; Opposition to Reopen Mason Case

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Byline: Adam Davies Queensland Times

THE LNP has committed to holding a coronial inquest into the cold case murder of Toowoomba teen Annette Jane Mason.

The Opposition will direct the state coroner to re-open the case as a priority should it be successful at the next state election.

It is the first solid commitment in more than two decades to solving the cold case and bring those responsible to justice.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls will make the long-awaited announcement today during his two-day visit to Toowoomba.

Annette Jane Mason's badly beaten and partly naked body was found on November 19, 1989, concealed under a doona in a house she shared with two other women at 131 Anzac Ave, Toowoomba.

Miss Mason, 15, was murdered sometime between 5am and 7am before her body was discovered about 2.10pm.

No one has ever been charged over the murder.

Mr Nicholls, talking exclusively to The Chronicle, said significant new evidence presented to Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker had warranted the commitment to reopen the inquest.

He said the Mason family had waited long enough for justice.

"We hope today's announcement will bring some comfort to Annette's family who have never given up hope their daughter's death would be further investigated," he said.

"Annette's mother and sister have fought long and hard for this second inquest, which Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath dismissed without even a meeting to hear their evidence.

"It was only last week the Attorney-General finally agreed to meet with Annette's family, but there was no commitment to reopen the case, which we believe should occur in light of new evidence.

"I urge the Attorney-General to hold an inquest now.

"Memories fade, people die and another delay of an inquest is just further anguish for Annette's family."

Annette's sister, Linda Mason, said she was overjoyed when she learnt about the LNP's commitment towards the case.

She said she hoped her family would not have to wait another 18 months until the next election for justice to be finally served. …

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