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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Legal

Etter reviews Chappell murder

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Former West Australian (Deputy) Police Commissioner, Barbara Etter, has been hired to review a high profile murder case. Photo: Former West Australian Police Commissioner, Barbara Etter, has been hired to review a high profile murder case.

The founding head of Tasmania’s Integrity Commission, Barbara Etter, has confirmed she is reviewing the case against a Hobart woman who is behind bars for murdering her partner.

57-year-old Susan Neill-Fraser was sentenced to 26 years’ jail with a non parole period of 18 years last October after a jury convicted her of murdering 65-year-old Bob Chappell, whose body has never been found.

Mr Chappell was last seen on the couple’s yacht on the River Derwent on Australia Day in 2009.

The former head of the Integrity Commission, Barbara Etter, who is now working as a justice consultant in Hobart, says she has been engaged by the family of the convicted murderer to review the case.

Ms Etter says she will be looking at the police investigation, forensic evidence and court transcripts.

“Analysing that material and finding out how it all links together.

“It’s an unusual case you know with no body no key admissions or confessions no direct forensic evidence so it’s fairly unique I would think, and it was of great interest great public interest here in Tasmania.

“I’m currently reviewing the matter I am addressing it with complete objectivity and an open mind but at this stage I think I will be working further on the case,” Mrs Etter said.

Susan Neill-Fraser continues to protest her innocence and the full bench of the Supreme Court in Hobart is considering an appeal against her conviction and sentence, which was heard five months ago.

ABC Online HERE

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Isla MacGregor

    January 22, 2012 at 10:29 am

    This is definitely a unique case (Comment challenged; edited).

  2. George Harris aka woodworker

    January 23, 2012 at 12:17 am

    The first sentence (Ed: Now edited) of comment #1 is utterly outrageous. Aside from that, it is completely improper to comment while the outcome of the appeal is yet to be handed down.

  3. Isla MacGregor

    January 23, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Why bother putting in a comment from someone when it says absolutely nothing about the article in question, the comment can not be assessed because the criticism it makes of a previous comment has been deleted upon request of the author.

    In this instance – it would be better to delete both comments alltogether as they effectively say nothing.

    This is not simply an issue about legal bits over a pending appeal being handed down.

  4. Kay Seltitzas

    January 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Unless Isla said something that directly affects this matter, why do you care George? Is TT not a place for conjecture?

    Kay Seltitzas

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