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Board of inquiry report into Eastman conviction

By 31 May 2014 9

The report of the Board of Inquiry into the conviction of David Harold Eastman for the murder of Assistant Commissioner Colin Stanley Winchester has been released by the Supreme Court today.

The Attorney General, Simon Corbell, has welcomed the release today of the inquiry report.

“The report is a comprehensive and considered document and I thank the inquiry, Acting Justice Martin and his staff for the considerable work in producing the report,” Mr Corbell said.

“It is now a matter for the Supreme Court to consider the report and to determine what orders it should make as a result.

“As the report is now before the Supreme Court, it is not appropriate for me to make any comment about the substance of the report or the recommendations made by Acting Justice Martin.

“It is a matter for the court, as to when any orders are made.

“I acknowledge that the release of this report will be a matter of significant public interest for the community.

“It is important during this time that we recognise the concerns that will arise and distress that may be caused for the family of Assistant Commissioner Winchester.

“I would urge that these concerns be respected. The ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner is currently liaising with the Winchester family.”

(Simon Corbell Media Release)

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9 Responses to Board of inquiry report into Eastman conviction
#1
Wilco3:51 pm, 31 May 14

As Jack Waterford says in today’s Canberra Times, what’s needed now is a further inquiry – not one focused on guilt, but on whether ACT policing, the prosecution system and the executive justice system is in good hands.

#2
Matt_Watts6:05 pm, 31 May 14

Wilco said :

As Jack Waterford says in today’s Canberra Times, what’s needed now is a further inquiry – not one focused on guilt, but on whether ACT policing, the prosecution system and the executive justice system is in good hands.

To what end? The original Eastman conviction was years ago.

#3
Nylex6:55 pm, 31 May 14

Wilco said :

As Jack Waterford says in today’s Canberra Times, what’s needed now is a further inquiry – not one focused on guilt, but on whether ACT policing, the prosecution system and the executive justice system is in good hands.

Agreed.

Such an egregious mistake by our justice system should be fully investigated to ensure it couldn’t happen again.

#4
banco8:17 pm, 31 May 14

Wilco said :

As Jack Waterford says in today’s Canberra Times, what’s needed now is a further inquiry – not one focused on guilt, but on whether ACT policing, the prosecution system and the executive justice system is in good hands.

I’ve got the report’s conclusions right here: “mistakes were made but everyone involved is retired or in different jobs and things are different now”.

#5
bundah10:25 am, 05 Jun 14

What I find extraordinary is that this inquiry has cost the taxpayers more than $10 million to reveal that the investigators methodology into forensic evidence was flawed therefore resulting in an unfair trial.

In addition to that the notion that Eastman, who Justice Martin said that he was almost certain of his guilt, should be released is not justice well served.

#6
cranky8:10 pm, 10 Jun 14
#7
dungfungus9:49 am, 11 Jun 14

cranky said :

I have received the following, very interesting link.

http://kangaroocourtofaustralia.com/2014/06/07/confessed-corrupt-judge-justice-adams-who-is-suing-fairfax-for-defamation-does-a-favour-for-7s-kerry-stokes/

That is amazing stuff which most people would not be aware of. It now suggests why it was never investigated that one of the murdered man’s relatives who despised him had links to the growers of a large drug crop near Braidwood.

#8
bundah9:37 am, 16 Jul 14

The DPP have said that the circumstantial evidence against Eastman was overwhelming and therefore the murder conviction should be upheld. The High Court has stated, in the Steven Hillier case, that evidence should not be piecemeal and that when making a judgement one needs to look at the totality of the evidence and not just one factor, in this case flawed forensic evidence.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/dpp-argues-evidence-against-david-eastman-overwhelming-20140715-ztcpg.html

#9
Smithers3:25 pm, 16 Jul 14

bundah said :

The DPP have said that the circumstantial evidence against Eastman was overwhelming and therefore the murder conviction should be upheld. The High Court has stated, in the Steven Hillier case, that evidence should not be piecemeal and that when making a judgement one needs to look at the totality of the evidence and not just one factor, in this case flawed forensic evidence.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/dpp-argues-evidence-against-david-eastman-overwhelming-20140715-ztcpg.html

Very interesting mate. The high court is always a good source of information for us all. The hillier result was the right one. Im confident Eastman will get the same.

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