AG to meet with murdered teen's family
FOR the family of murdered Toowoomba teenager Annette Mason, Attorney General Yvette D'Ath had some good news at last.
No, she has not changed her mind and ordered a coronial inquest into the 15-year-old's brutal slaying in Toowoomba in 1989, but at least she has agreed to meet with the family later this week to discuss their battle for an inquest.
The bad news for everyone else, especially the media, was the Attorney General refused to discuss anything to do with the unsolved murder or the Mason family's fight for justice for Annette.
The Attorney General was in Toowoomba today to rededicate the refurbished front of the Hume Street courthouse.
Ironically, Ms D'Ath avoided entering the courthouse through the refurbished front but was slipped into Courtroom 5 via the rear access thus avoiding members of Annette Mason's family who had gathered out front.
However, as Annette's sister Linda Mason spoke to media out front a member of the Attorney General's team, David Mackie, arrived to tell the family Ms D'Ath had asked to meet with them later this week.
"We're all excited," Linda Mason said after hearing the news.
"It's made the trip up to Toowoomba (from Brisbane) worthwhile."
When she heard the Attorney General was to be in Toowoomba, Ms Mason decided to try and speak with Ms D'Ath and ask why she had made the decision to reject the family's call for an inquest before even meeting with any of the family.
Ms Mason said the family believed the crime was solvable.
"It's absolutely solvable," she said.
"We really want the inquest and bring all the evidence out into the public and let the coroner decide.
"I think all the pressure from the media and the public has got her (the Attorney General) to get a member of her team to talk to us."
Annette Mason was just 15 when her badly beaten and partly naked body was found on November 19, 1989, concealed under a doona in the sunroom of the house she shared with two other women at 131 Anzac Ave.
It is believed she was murdered sometime between 5am and 7am before her body was discovered about 2.10pm that day.
An inquest in the teenager's death held in 1991 had concluded with an open finding.
An online petition calling for another inquest to look at further evidence and hopefully compel persons of interest and witnesses to answer questions has so far obtained more than 10,000 signatures.
"We're really happy with the public response," Linda Mason said.
"It (an inquest) means everything to us, it's been a long 27 years."