Amanda Quirk with her cat Megsy.
Amanda Quirk with her cat Megsy. Contributed

Quirk family anger as accused killer granted retrial

THE prospect of facing another trial for her murdered sister is pushing Lisa Quirk to her limits.

Ms Quirk said the news that the accused killer of Amanda Quirk in 2010 will be allowed a retrial, separate from his co-accused, has devastated her whole family.

Christopher James Swan, Amanda's former flatmate, has been granted a retrial for a murder conviction after being found guilty in October last year.

Swan was found guilty after a trial but argued he should have been granted a trial separate to fellow flatmate Rachel Narelle Smith and that the guilty verdict was unreasonable.

"My whole family is very angry and upset (about the retrial)," Ms Quirk said.

She said she was in tears when the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions told her the retrial was taking place.

"We could not imagine another trial at all. We've got to re-sit through the whole trial again," Ms Quirk said.

"Next year we're going on four years, and we want to actually see next year in as a happy event and have a clean slate. But at the moment it's all up in the air that we could actually see in the new year with another trial."

Ms Quirk said her mother, who is a witness in the case, was on the edge.

"My mum can't take any more, she really can't. She's battling very, very severe depression and anxiety. She can't even be out in public," she said.

Ms Quirk said she had not been told when the retrial would take place.



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