DPP 'regrets' delays in Lynette Daley case

Lester Mason
December 8, 2017

Maris: Hinder discovery of evidence; aggravated sexual assault in company.

In the NSW Supreme Court in Coffs Harbour on Friday, Attwater was jailed for at least 14 years and three months while Maris was sentenced to at least six years and nine months behind bars.

Paul Maris, who was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault and hindering the collection of evidence, has been sentenced to at least six years and nine months in prison. "We're all walking around and smiling and crying".

Instead of seeking medical help, Attwater dragged her into the ocean to try to wash the blood off her body, while Maris burnt Daley's clothing and the bloodstained mattress. Yet prosecutors only chose to proceed with the case in 2016, after media reports of Daley's death sparked widespread public outrage and accusations that officials didn't care about Daley because she was Aboriginal and her assailants were white.

The case drew attention for the length of time it took to prosecute the men. But Daley's family has always believed it came down to racism.

Today Justice Elizabeth Fullerton was highly critical of the DPP and the lack of an explanation for the delay, which she said was unfair to the offenders, hurt Ms Daley's family and undermined public confidence in the administration of justice.

It also highlighted issues of how race is dealt with in prosecutions.

New South Wales director of public prosecutions Lloyd Babb issued an apology on Friday saying he "sincerely regretted" the delay.

"The question of whether there are reasonable prospects of conviction is a predictive exercise and one about which reasonable minds can differ".

Australians were rattled by the case, both for the savagery of Daley's death and the prosecutors' apparent indifference.

Aboriginals' human and indigenous rights are constantly being breached in the country.

Lynette Daley died after a violent sex act with her boyfriend Adrian Attwater and his friend Paul Maris on Australia, 2011.

The defendants never denied they were with Lynette when she died, however they refused to take responsibility for her death.

Justice Fullerton agreed Ms Daley was far too drunk to consent to sex that night with a blood alcohol level of up to 0.46.

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