DPP to review decision not to prosecute
THE Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions NSW will review its decision not to prosecute two men charged with manslaughter following the death of Lynette Daley on 10 Mile Beach north of Iluka.
ABC TV current affairs program Four Corners aired an investigation entitled "Callous Disregard" on Monday evening, outlining the events of the tragedy and the fact it never went to trial.
In a statement released today, the Director of Public Prosecutions Lloyd Babb SC said he acknowledged the stress of the family and the community.
"Recent media reports have raised questions about my Office's decision not to prosecute following the tragic death of Lynette Daley," Mr Babb said.
"I acknowledge the understandable distress of the family and the community.
"It is appropriate that I review the matter to determine whether the correct decision was made.
"Given the importance of maintaining public confidence in the administration of justice, I have taken the unusual step of seeking advice from independent counsel, Philip Strickland SC and Belinda Baker.
"These two very experienced and highly regarded barristers from the private bar will review all the material and provide their advice to me. I will then proceed to make my decision and advise the public of the outcome."