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High Court refuses to hear appeal into Bowraville murders

The High Court has refused to hear an appeal of the decision which found the man accused of the Bowraville murders could not face a single trial.

The NSW State Government lost its case in the Court of Criminal Appeal last year when it ruled there was not enough evidence to hold a single trial over the murders of three Aboriginal children in Bowraville almost 30 years ago.

But the fight for the Bowraville case is not over, with a Greens MP reportedly drafting a bill to amend legislation in hopes it will allow the case to be heard.

The sister-in-law of one of the victims Leonie Duroux tells Chris Smith she’s “devastated” with the result but won’t give up.

“We tried not to get our hopes up too high because every time we come to Sydney we get kicked in the guts.

“[David Shoebridge] has got a draft to amend the legislation and that will go before parliament when they resume.

“And if we get that through, that will grant a window for the Court of Criminal Appeal to say ‘yes’.

“That’s our last step.”

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