Police arrested Sean McPhedran, an 18yr old mentally-ill man who lived at the near-by caravan park. Commissioner Bob Atkinson said there were special and unique circumstances surrounding the investigation and conviction of Graham Stafford for the murder of teenager Leanne Holland on Brisbane's western fringe. Author by : Brent E. She spoke of a man who was extremely violent, a drug addict, and an alcoholic. Having been employed by Stafford's family after Stafford was sentenced, he made it his life's work to get to the truth. My advice is that it is not an accurate interpretation and a more correct title may perhaps be Selective Summary. Stafford had his conviction quashed as a miscarriage of justice after serving 14 years in prison.
All of which raises the issue of whether justice is best served by going through the expense of a trial with no possibility of an increased sentence, versus the view that closure and certainty should be above cost. She could have gone to a mates house to do it, something else I did often when I was around Leanne's age. In those early years, say 1993 to 1996 I did put a great deal of effort into the investigation. The mixture of fact and hypothesis is seamless and convincing. Despite two appeals, two High Court challenges, and an appeal to the Queensland Governor, Stafford's conviction has been upheld, and he remains incarcerated in prison. Luckily for Stafford who was sentenced to life in gaol for the particularly appalling murder of a young girl, private investigator Graeme Crowley couldn't let it go.
It has always been my position that Graham Stafford should be re-tried for murder. Police dismissed both leads, and no effort was made to investigate further. His mother spoke of his unprovoked attacks on his siblings and classmates. In this case I was particularly struck by a member of the jury, who realised, as soon as he started reading the book, that he had been part of a horrendous miscarriage of justice and he set about doing what he could to right that wrong. Leanne was battered to death, and possibly tortured and sexually assaulted. The girls spoke of the abuse the suffered at hands of their father.
Bookmark Author Subjects ; ; Audience Adult; General Summary Who really killed Leanne Holland? I would be all over that in a heartbeat. You can see a two part documentary about the case here: Since then, the story has had a happy ending, if such a dreadful tale could ever be thus concluded: A story like this always has much to inspire. What an interesting 25 years it has been! The authors investigated Leanne's murder. His application for special leave to appeal to the High Court was refused on 4 March 1993. She had been killed with at least ten blows to the head from a blunt instrument, and there were burn marks on her lower body, possibly from a cigarette. Annotation Who really killed 12-year-old Leanne Holland? In January 2005, he was arrested in Hobart after killing a man with an exe and hammer, and in November 2005 he pleaded guilty to murder and as such, was sentenced to a minimum of 19years.
She had suffered at least ten blows to the head with a blunt instrument, and her lower legs were covered in burns, perhaps from a cigarette or cigarette lighter. So, the debate rages on — did Graham Stafford murder Leanne Holland or was he an innocent victim of something more sinister. Graham Stafford's conviction dramatically exposes why major miscarriages of justice continue to occur in Australia. The scary part about this case is the fact that anybody could find themselves in Graham's shoes at anytime if the legal system is not prepared to wrong this right! Criminologist Paul Wilson and private investigator and ex-detective Graeme Crowley spent many years investigating Leanne's murder and the police handling of the case. It has always been my position that Graham Stafford should be re-tried for murder. Backed up by scrupulous research and hard data, community reforms are proposed and discussed in light of the recently published National Academy of Sciences report on forensic science. Archived from on 30 September 2007.
He was jailed for Leanne's murder in 1992. To my dismay the police actively and at times aggressively fought me at every opportunity. Since the new offence was implemented in 2005, a pattern of plea deals to defensive homicide has emerged, which, due to the private nature of plea bargaining in Victoria, has created difficulties in understanding how the offence is operating in practice. He was obsessed with witchcraft, and slept with a knife under his pillow, believing the devil would come in the middle of the night to cut him open and drink his blood. My advice is that it is not an accurate interpretation and a more correct title may perhaps be Selective Summary. Crowley and Wilson believe their investigation and analysis of this case raises enormous doubt and provides evidence that, properly put before the trial jury, would have presented no alternative to a verdict of 'not guilty'. The women felt that their father was leading the investigation, telling detectives what inquiries they should be making and where they should be looking.
Former Queensland detective Bob Munt claimed this week he provided police with information about a possible grave site, but that information was ignored. I would think investigators would track down all her movements on that day, and I'm sure they did, but they seemed to have dropped the ball on a lot of other leads and details that didn't fit in with what they thought had happened. She spoke of a man who was extremely violent, a drug addict, and an alcoholic. She had been taken whilst on her way to school, and had been raped and drowned in the creek. So we'd have to assume she did cut herself in the shower, flicked a good bit up to six feet high, and she did this just days or a week before her death. One of the judges at his third appeal said something along the lines of Stafford having to be a criminal genius to have commited such a violent murder, cleaned up the crime scene, disposed of the evidence and body, ran his errands, and be calm enough and have enough foresite to wash any blood off his clothes, before putting them back on again to maintain consistency. So that shows he is lying about her coming back from getting hair dye.
This is a very interesting book, as private investigator Graham Crowley reviews and critiques the evidence in this 19 year old murder. . To be avoided by: cynics. I think matching means the same size and at the same stage of development. Set in Thailand, the Philippines and Australia this fast-paced novel is erotic, gripping and provocative. A practicing forensic scientist since 1996, Turvey has rendered this first of its kind study into the widespread problem of forensic fraud in the United States.