Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris have been charged over the death and sexual assault of Lynette Daley.
Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris have been charged over the death and sexual assault of Lynette Daley.

Lynette Daley's death: Accused to face court

TWO men charged over the 2011 death of Maclean woman Lynette Daley will have their first day in court at Grafton tomorrow.

Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris were first charged with the manslaughter of Ms Daley in April, 2011, but the case has never been brought to court.

The pair admitted they were both with Ms Daley, when she died in the early hours of January 27 after a wild Australia Day of drinking and sex.

The DAVIS and DALEY family members attended Nine Mile Beach on Saturday 2 April 2011 and erected a cross in the memory of Lynette
The DAVIS and DALEY family members attended Nine Mile Beach on Saturday 2 April 2011 and erected a cross in the memory of Lynette "Norma" DALEY.

In April 2011 police charged the two men with manslaughter and other charge, but nearly a year later the DPP decided to drop the case.

In 2014 the NSW Coroner found one of the sex acts caused horrendous internal injuries and she bled to death on the beach. He recommended prosecuting the two men.

EXPLAINED: Lynette Daley's death and a fight for justice

The DPP again decided against prosecuting the two men.

The repeated failure to bring the two men court caused the Daley family, which included her seven children, to despair of justice for Ms Daley.

Lynette Daley
Lynette Daley SUPPLIED

Her mother, Thelma, and step-father Gordon Davis, had just about given up hope, until the ABC current affairs program Four Corners contacted them.

The program on May 9 re-ignited the case and brought both political and public pressure onto the NSW DPP, Lloyd Babb SC, to bring the men to court.

He appointed Philip Strickland SC and Belinda Baker to consider the evidence and give him their opinion.

Lynette Daley's body was found on January 27, 2011 at 10 Mile Beach north of Iluka. The crimescene where the body of a woman lay 11 kilometres north of the vehicle access to 10 mile beach north of Iluka. Photo: Rodney Stevens/ The Daily Examiner
Lynette Daley's body was found on January 27, 2011 at 10 Mile Beach north of Iluka. The crimescene where the body of a woman lay 11 kilometres north of the vehicle access to 10 mile beach north of Iluka. Photo: Rodney Stevens/ The Daily Examiner Rodney Stevens

Late in June NSW Police confirmed a 42 year-old man was served with a court attendance notice at his residence in Townsville on June 22 to face charges of manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault.

Another man, aged 46 years, was charged with accessory after the fact to manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault.
They are due to appear in Grafton Local Court tomorrow.


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