A timeline of the Bowraville murders

The man previously acquitted of murdering two children in Bowraville won't face a retrial.
The man previously acquitted of murdering two children in Bowraville won't face a retrial.


September 13, 1990 - Colleen Walker-Craig, 16, disappears. She is last seen alive walking away from a group of people after a party on the outskirts of Bowraville.

Months later articles of her clothing were found weighed down with rocks in the nearby Nambucca River.

October 3, 1990 - Four-year-old Evelyn Greenup is sleeping at her grandmother's house after a party. Her mother checks on her before going to bed herself, but by the time she wakes on October 4, she is gone.

January 31, 1991 - Clinton Speedy-Duroux, 16, goes missing following another party in the area.

February 18, 1991 - Clinton's remains are discovered in bushland near Congarinni Road about seven kilometres outside Bowraville.

April 8, 1991 - A local man is charged with his murder.

April 27, 1991 - Evelyn's skeletal remains found in bush near Congarinni Road.

October 16, 1991 - The man is charged with Evelyn's murder.

February 18, 1994 - He is acquitted of Clinton's murder.

March 4, 1994 - Prosecutors decide not to proceed with the other murder charge.

1995 - Changes in laws in NSW mean that much of the evidence that had been deemed inadmissible in the Clinton murder trial would now be admissible.

January 6, 1997 - Strikeforce ANCUD to investigate what have now become known as "the Bowraville murders".

February 9, 2004 - The coroner reopens the inquests into Evelyn's death and the suspected death of Colleen.

September 10, 2004 - NSW Coroner John Abernethy recommends a known person be charged afresh with Evelyn's murder.

March 3, 2006 - The man is acquitted of Evelyn's murder.

2006 - Changes to the double jeopardy laws come into force in NSW to allow an acquitted person to be retried for serious crimes in certain circumstances.

June 4, 2007 - DPP Nicholas Cowdery advises police evidence they have gathered is not sufficient to support a retrial.

October 22, 2010 - Attorney-general John Hatzistergos rejects an application to the Court of Criminal Appeal to re-try the man for the murders of Clinton and Evelyn and for an ex-officio indictment for the murder of Colleen.

February 8, 2013 - The next attorney-general Greg Smith also rejects the application.

November 6, 2014 - An inquiry by the NSW parliament's upper house finds the initial police investigation was flawed and recommends the government consider clarifying laws to allow a single retrial to be held.

June 2, 2015 - Attorney-general Gabrielle Upton recommends a review of the state's double-jeopardy laws.

November 29, 2017 - Six-day hearing starts in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal of now Attorney-General Mark Speakman's application for a retrial based on what is said to be "fresh and compelling evidence" relating to Colleen's disappearance.

September 13, 2018 - The court dismisses the application

Australian Associated Press

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