Former West Australian (Deputy) Police Commissioner, Barbara Etter, has been hired to review a high profile murder case. Photo: Former West Australian Police Commissioner, Barbara Etter, has been hired to review a high profile murder case.
The founding head of Tasmania’s Integrity Commission, Barbara Etter, has confirmed she is reviewing the case against a Hobart woman who is behind bars for murdering her partner.
57-year-old Susan Neill-Fraser was sentenced to 26 years’ jail with a non parole period of 18 years last October after a jury convicted her of murdering 65-year-old Bob Chappell, whose body has never been found.
Mr Chappell was last seen on the couple’s yacht on the River Derwent on Australia Day in 2009.
The former head of the Integrity Commission, Barbara Etter, who is now working as a justice consultant in Hobart, says she has been engaged by the family of the convicted murderer to review the case.
Ms Etter says she will be looking at the police investigation, forensic evidence and court transcripts.
“Analysing that material and finding out how it all links together.
“It’s an unusual case you know with no body no key admissions or confessions no direct forensic evidence so it’s fairly unique I would think, and it was of great interest great public interest here in Tasmania.
“I’m currently reviewing the matter I am addressing it with complete objectivity and an open mind but at this stage I think I will be working further on the case,” Mrs Etter said.
Susan Neill-Fraser continues to protest her innocence and the full bench of the Supreme Court in Hobart is considering an appeal against her conviction and sentence, which was heard five months ago.