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DPP reviews Iluka death charges

A DECISION not to prosecute two men after a woman bled to death on a beach near Iluka is now back under review.

New South Wales Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton called on the Director of Public Prosecutions to reopen the case after hearing the tragic story.

"This is a truly horrible case and my thoughts go to the family and friends of Norma," she said.

"I have asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to review the matter.

"The DPP has agreed to that."

Prosecutors originally opted not to press charges against Adrian Attwater, 42, and Paul Maris, 46, despite State Coroner Michael Barnes finding they had lied about their role in the woman's death and destroyed evidence to save themselves from incrimination.

The woman, given the pseudonym "Norma", died painfully while camping at Ten Mile Beach with "friends" Mr Attwater and Mr Maris on January 27, 2011.

Mr Barnes found there could be "no doubt" Mr Attwater had inflicted her fatal injuries by "fisting" her in the back of his troop carrier while she was extremely drunk.

He also found the men had burned the blood-soaked mattress and clothes from the back of the four-wheel-drive to destroy evidence of their role in Norma's death.

The DPP did not wish to comment but will make a statement when it has decided whether to prosecute the men.

- APN NEWSDESK



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