This tantalising question continues to haunt a growing number of concerned individuals here in Tasmania, on the mainland, and internationally.
Bob went missing from his yacht Four Winds on 26 January 2009. On Australia Day 2015 it will be 6 years since he so mysteriously disappeared.
To remember Bob, and to show continued support for his partner Susan Neill-Fraser, a Musical Rally, Songs for Sue, is to be held:
Saturday 26 January 2015 in Parliament House Gardens commencing @ 12 midday
A CD, Songs for Sue, will be launched by Sue’s first husband, Brett Meeker, who has supported Sue and their daughters throughout this ordeal. Music is provided by Melbourne supporters ‘Grand Jury’
Four Winds was moored off Battery Point when Bob disappeared; his body has never been found. Sue was subsequently arrested, tried and found guilty of Bob’s murder despite there being no eye witnesses, no weapon, no plausible motive, no forensic evidence linking Sue to the crime scene and no body.
The decision relied entirely on circumstantial evidence and resulted in a prison term of 26 years, later reduced to 23 years. An appeal was lodged in August 2011 and rejected in March 2012. The only legal option open to Sue now is a Petition for Mercy.
Supporters of Susan Neill-Fraser (Neill-Fraser Support Group) have consistently argued that a serious miscarriage of Justice has occurred in Sue’s case and have ad hoc vigils around town to raise awareness.
Additionally, in September 2014 during Budget Estimates, Tasmanian Attorney-General Dr Vanessa Goodwin announced the introduction of expanded rights to appeal legislation based on the existence of new evidence. Dr Goodwin said the Government hoped to have draft legislation based on South Australian laws in place by the end of 2014. With new evidence in the Neill-Fraser case the announcement was welcomed, and supporters believe the proposed legislation offers Sue a real opportunity to have her case reviewed.
There has been nothing further heard regarding this new legislation!