Lynette Daley’s family says DPP should resign over delay in justice
Lynette Daley’s family says DPP should resign over delay in justice, Lynette Daley’s family has called on New South Wales director of public prosecutions to resign for initially deciding not to prosecute her attackers.
In a victim impact statement read in the NSW supreme court in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday, Daley’s mother, Thelma Davis, said she had suffered “years of struggle, heartaches, stress and emotion” since her daughter was killed in January 2011.
Daley, 33, bled to death at Ten Mile beach on the state’s north coast after a violent sex act involving her boyfriend, Adrian Attwater, and his friend, Paul Maris, on a drunken camping trip.
The men were charged over her death at the time but a year later the director of public prosecutions, Lloyd Babb, decided not to go ahead with the case.
After a coronial inquiry, a Four Corners investigation and an independent review, Attwater and Maris were again charged in 2016 and went on trial in August 2017.
In September the jury found Attwater, 43, guilty of manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault and Maris, 47, guilty of aggravated sexual assault and hindering the discovery of evidence.
“It has taken seven years of struggle, heartaches, stress and lots of emotion to finally get to the stage where we heard the words guilty,” Davis’s statement said during Attwater and Maris’s sentence hearings on Wednesday. “They are finally going to pay for what they have done.”
Seeing photos of what the men had done to her daughter was “horrific”, Davis said.
“We have had to fight for justice for her. It has been a long journey but we were never ever going to give up.”
Daley’s children told the court how much they miss their mother.
“Finally getting justice was a relief but that doesn’t bring our mother back,” the children said in a statement read at court. “These men have taken away the greatest thing any child could have in life and it really sucks.”
Daley’s sister, Tina, said seeing Attwater and Maris at court during the trial had filled her with rage.
“I didn’t think anyone could do such a cruel act to my sister,” she said. “I hope they spend the rest of their lives locked up and are never able to hurt any other person again.”
She said justice should be quick so people can heal and move on.
Outside court Lynette Daley’s stepfather, Gordon Davis, said Babb – who has been in the post of state DPP for six years – should be sacked for deciding not to prosecute in 2012.
“I believe the DPP is solely responsible for the trauma and grief my family and myself have endured for the past six and a half years,” Davis said.
“We want him to answer us personally because he was judge, jury and executioner of all our family and we want to know why. If he doesn’t answer to us he’ll get away with it again.”
The office of the DPP declined to comment. Attwater and Maris are due to be sentenced on 8 December.