An alleged serial killer will be re-trialled for the murder of three children on the NSW mid north coast.

The disappearance of Colleen Walker-Craig, 16, Evelyn Greenup, 4, and Clinton Speedy-Duroux, 16, from the same road in Bowraville within five months of each other in 1990 and 1991 is one of the country’s most enduring unsolved crimes.

SMH reports, in a major breakthrough in the 25-year-old case, NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton will ask the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal to hold a re-trial of the man acquitted of two of the crimes so that all three murders can be heard together.

“After careful consideration, I have decided that there should be no further delay in bringing this matter to court,” Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton said.

“The best and most transparent way to deal with this tragic case is to make an application for retrial to the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.”

Leonie Duroux, the sister-in-law of Clinton Speedy-Duroux, told Fairfax Media she was “so excited” by the breakthrough.

“These kids deserve justice. They were innocent. They didn’t deserve to die,” Ms Duroux said.

“It’s just what we’ve been fighting for. It’s a chance to argue it fairly. Unless you argue the three cases [together] you don’t get the full picture.”

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  • I hope they find the truth so these families can finally put the past to rest.


  • If he’s truly guilty then getting life is only a tiny bit of justice. It’s such a horrendous thing to take someone’s life !


  • What a long time to be waiting for justice. Sincerely hope it gives them some peace of mind for their futures.


  • I really hope these poor kids and their families get the justice they deserve


  • He had only been to trial for 2 of the cases previously. Obviously they have new information relating to one of the 3 cases. Hopefully this will be resolved quickly.


  • I remember seeing a documentary on these abduction murders. But if a worry it’s taken so long, but hopefully the families will get some justice now


  • I hope these kids get the justice they deserve.


  • If there is new evidence and they could find a relation between the three murders, I agree that it’s really important to do a new trial now.


  • It will be closure for the relatives if he is convicted,they must have new evidence leading upto this.


  • It’s always troubling when it takes so long to bring a case to court.


  • If he is guilty I hope he gets life and the family get some justice.


  • I hope the families of the children will be able to get some answers and hopefully justice from this re-trial.


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