Mum of slain teen says D’Ath should hang head in shame
THE community outrage at Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath's decision to slap down a family's passionate plea for justice for their murdered family member has reached fever pitch.
Ms D'Ath said in a heartless letter to the teen's family it was not in the public interest to order a coronial inquest into her murder and bring those responsible to justice.
Ms D'Ath did not even have the decency to meet with Annette Jane Mason's heartbroken family before making her decision.
Annette Jane Mason's badly beaten and partly naked body was found on November 19, 1989, concealed under a doona in a house she shared with two other women in Toowoomba.
It is believed Miss Mason, 15, was murdered sometime between 5am and 7am before her body was discovered around 2.10pm.
Several persons of interest have been identified but no one has ever been charged over the shocking murder.
The Mason family has been pushing for a coronial inquest to be held in a bid to have the killer, or killers, finally brought to justice.
The family has been waiting for more than a quarter of a century for answers.
Annette's mother Judith Anderson, talking exclusively to the Queensland Times, said Ms D'Ath should hang her head in shame.
She said she would never give up fighting for her daughter despite the authorities putting the case in the too hard basket.
"I am heartbroken . . . her decision has really knocked me around," she said.
"Something very evil happened the night my daughter was murdered.
"It was covered up then and it is being covered up now.
"It is devastating to know the authorities just do not care about my beautiful daughter."
Ms Anderson's thoughts were echoed by the army of supporters who flooded the 'Justice for Annette Mason' Facebook page with messages of support.
Supporters expressed their anger and disgust at Ms D'Ath's decision.
"The Attorney General should be ashamed of herself, to not even take the time to talk to you and have a heart and common decency to hear what your family has to say," said Kahlia Samantha Louise.
"Sounds like someone is trying really hard to make sure they do not re-open the case," said Elle Venables.
"The fact the Attorney-General would not even meet with you or family is beyond appalling and reflective of her concerns for justice," said Susan Underwood.
A 1991 coronial inquest into Annette's death held over four days in Toowoomba delivered an open finding.
Coroner Ross Woodford heard evidence from 27 witnesses, read 147 statements and the 72-page police report but found there was insufficient evidence to commit any one person to trial.
The inquest heard there were initially up to 13 suspects in Annette's murder.
Investigators believed Annette knew her killer, but there could have been more than one person involved.
Police said at the time they had to sift through a "web of lies" they claim had been woven to protect Annette's killer, or killers.
Several persons of interest in the case are currently living in the Ipswich region, including one of the main suspects who resides with his partner in North Ipswich.
Anyone with any information surrounding Annette Jane Mason's murder in Toowoomba on November 19, 1989 is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.