The family of murdered Bowraville teenager Clinton Duroux say his death still haunts them as they prepare to attend a court hearing for a retrial application.
The family of murdered Bowraville teenager Clinton Duroux say his death still haunts them as they prepare to attend a court hearing for a retrial application. Duroux family

'Bubby's murder still haunts us' say victim's family

THE family of murdered teenager Clinton Duroux says the shock of his disappearance and the discovery of his body still deeply traumatises them.

"The loss of Bubby - that's what his family called him - still deeply affects us," Leonie Duroux, the widow of Clinton's brother Marbuck told news.com.au.

"We speak about him daily. The trauma endures today," Ms Duroux said, speaking in the lead up to court hearings which could result in a fresh murder trial.

The Duroux family, along with relatives of murdered toddler Evelyn Greenup, are leaving Bowraville on the NSW Mid North Coast for Sydney to attend a special court hearing on Thursday.

The families plan to represent their murdered loved ones at the hearing before Justice Clifton Hoeben, NSW Chief Judge at Common Law.

 

Noone has ever been charged with the murder of Colleen Walker, 16, (left). The skeletal remains of Evelyn Greenup, 4, (right) were found six months after his disappeared
Noone has ever been charged with the murder of Colleen Walker, 16, (left). The skeletal remains of Evelyn Greenup, 4, (right) were found six months after his disappeared News Corp Australia

The NSW Court of Criminal Appeal is convening to consider an application for the retrial of a man who was last week charged with Clinton Duroux's and Evelyn Greenup's murders.

The man, now in his 50s who cannot be identified, has previously been tried and acquitted for the two murders.

Duroux, 16, and four-year-old Greenup were murdered and their bodies dumped in bushland near Bowraville 26 years ago.

Another teenager, Colleen Walker, was the first of the three to disappear over a five month period from Bowraville's Aboriginal community, the Mission.

The body of the 16-year-old, who was Evelyn Greenup's cousin, has never been found although a fisherman later discovered her weighted down clothes in the nearby Nambucca River.

No-one has been charged with the murder of Ms Walker, who lived in the same street in Bowraville as the other two victims.

Leonie Duroux, whose husband Marbuck died from motor neurone disease in 2009, has campaigned with other relatives of the dead for the murder cases to be reopened.

Although she could not speak about the actual case, Ms Duroux described the catastrophic consequences Clinton's death had wreaked on her family.

"I didn't come on the scene until 1993, but Bubby had left a huge hole in the family.

"I was there at the original trial and the trauma and grief was shocking."

 

This man, now in his 50s, has been charged with the murders of Clinton Duroux and Evelyn Greenup in Bowraville.
This man, now in his 50s, has been charged with the murders of Clinton Duroux and Evelyn Greenup in Bowraville.

The disappearance of Clinton Duroux in January 1991 and the discovery of his body two weeks later sparked the first suspicions by police of murder at the Bowraville Mission.

The town, which is 500km north of Sydney, had a population of around 150 Aboriginal people and 750 white people in September 1990 when Colleen Walker paid a visit to her relatives.

On her first or second day in Bowraville, Ms Walker attended a party at the mission where she became drunk and failed to meet up with friends on the 3am train for home.

Days later, her mother found out that Colleen was missing, but did not investigate her disappearance as suspicious.

The following month, on October 3, after another party at the mission, a drunk Rebecca Stadhams took her three children, including four-year-old Evelyn to their father, Billy Greenup's house, but found he was too inebriated to mind them.

When she woke the next morning, it took several hours to establish that Evelyn had vanished from the town.

Clinton Duroux was also visiting Bowraville, from his home 360km away in Tenterfield, and attended a party at the Mission.

His remains were found on a dirt track 7km outside Bowraville.

Colleen Walker's clothes were the next discovery and it was not until six months later that Evelyn Greenup's skeletal remains were found near the side of a road, 5km from the town.

A local man was tried and acquitted of the murder of Clinton Duroux in 1994, and of the murder of Evelyn Greenup in 2006.
In 2013, Leonie Duroux organised a protest outside NSW Parliament House about the original police investigation.

Senior homicide Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin had taken carriage of the three cases on behalf of the Duroux, Greenup and Walker families.

In 2014, a NSW Parliament inquiry examined whether a serial killer had been operating in the town in the early 1990s but local police had failed to properly investigate.

Following the inquiry, Leonie Duroux said the initial investigation had been a "sham", which led to ongoing suffering by the affected families.

"I am a white person, and if I went missing the police wouldn't go and ask if I'd just gone walkabout, or like they did of Colleen Walker's mother ask if she might have gone because she'd just got pregnant," she said.

"There are families and communities in many places and towns who are still suffering and paying for the mistakes made all these years later."

News Corp Australia


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