Bowraville murders: parliamentary inquiry begins today

THE NSW parliamentary enquiry into the murder of three Bowraville children 23 years ago will begin the formal part of its proceedings in Macksville this afternoon.
Nanjing Night Net

The six members of the NSW Parliamentary Law and Justice Committee, who made an informal visit to Bowraville in March to meet family members and visit relevant investigation sites, will begin their public hearings at 2pm today in the Nambucca Shire Council Chambers.

Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin will be among those who will be giving evidence under oath at the hearing today.

Det Insp Jubelin assumed command of the investigation in 1997 and has maintained firm contact with and supported the families since then.

In his submission to the enquiry he wrote that “it appears the magnitude of the situation unfolding in the Bowraville community between September 1990 and February 1991 was not fully appreciated by police in the initial stages of the investigation”.

He continued: “It is clear looking back on the evidence available now that there was a serial killer targeting the children of Bowraville … the officer in charge of the investigation (at that time) had no homicide experience. This lack of experience appears to have had a detrimental impact on the quality of the investigation and led to investigative opportunities being missed.”

At the end of his 27 page submission Det Insp Jubelin concluded that not only had the families had to deal with the fact that no-one had been charged with the murders, but they also that “the person they believe, for very good reasons, is responsible for the murders has managed to avoid prosecution due most likely to the failed original investigation”.

Yesterday Det Insp Jubelin told the Guardian he believed the enquiry was a big step in the right direction.

“I hope this will give it (the murder investigation) the kick-along it really needs,” he said.

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