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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Statement from the Attorney-General on the death of Annette Mason

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Monday, November 21, 2016

    Statement from the Attorney-General on the death of Annette Mason

    Today I have instructed the State Coroner to re-open the inquest into the death of Annette Mason.

    Annette was killed in a brutal attack in Toowoomba in 1989.

    Her death was investigated by police, and was the subject of a coronial inquest in 1991.

    Despite hearing from 25 witnesses, the coroner found that there was insufficient evidence to establish the identity of the person responsible for her death.

    The inquest was closed subject to ‘reopening at any stage should further evidence become available’.

    A $250,000 reward is on offer for information leading to the conviction of anyone responsible for Annette’s death, and police continue to investigate new leads as they come to hand.

    To date no one has been charged in relation to Annette’s death.

    As Attorney-General, I believe it is in interests of justice that the inquest be re-opened, and consequently I am instructing the State Coroner to do so.

    Section 24 of the Coroners Act 1958 states that the purpose of an inquest is to establish, so far as practicable, matters including how the death occurred, and the person or persons to be charged with murder, manslaughter or other offences.

    I met with the Mason family in relation to this case earlier this year, and since that time my Department has been in regular contact with them.

    I would again urge anyone with information in relation to Annette’s death to contact police, whose investigation is ongoing.

     

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