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11/9/2014: SHADOW OF DOUBT RIGHT ON POLICE BUNGLES

The quality of the police investigation into the disappearance and alleged murder by Sue Neill-Fraser of Bob Chappell on Australia Day 2009 has now been documented and confirms what was exposed by documentarian and psychologist Eve Ash in Shadow of Doubt (2014), first screened on FOXTEL’s Ci Channel on July 31, 2013 and several times subsequently.see full story

The film (nominated for Best Documentary AACTA Award 2014) has roused many in the legal community as well as the public at large to seriously question the conviction. The latest investigation by Barbara Etter APM (Neill-Fraser’s lawyer since after the two failed appeals) is into the crucial start, the beginning of police investigation that eventually led to her arrest seven months later, in August 2009. Etter’s analysis documents a long list of specific errors of omission made at the very beginning – the crucial beginning – of the police investigation. These are all matters which the jury are entitled to have expected of the police investigation prior to the trial. As the chief investigator of the case Detective Inspector Peter Powell (under)stated in Shadow of Doubt: “We’re the first to admit there is never a perfect investigation…” see full story

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