Gulaptis calls for DV crackdown over missing women

CLARENCE MP Chris Gulaptis has paid tribute to four missing or murdered Grafton women following the Director of Public Prosecution's decision to lay charges over the death of Lynette Daley at Ten Mile Beach in 2011.

Ms Daley died from internal injuries after sexual acts were performed on her while she was drunk during a camping trip.

Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris have only been recently charged over her alleged manslaughter.

Mr Gulaptis told parliament the Clarence Valley was in the state's top 10% for domestic violence-related offences, and every initiative to eliminate violence against women was important.

"Three other Clarence Valley women who are missing, dead or murdered all have one thing in common: Their families are still waiting for justice in relation to their disappearances," he said.

"All these women deserve justice.

"Police are actively pursuing the presumed murder of Grafton woman Sharon Edwards, more than a year after her disappearance.

"And the person or persons responsible for the murder of Brooms Head girl Lee Ellen Stace in 1997 remains a mystery.

"South Grafton woman Jasmine Morris is still missing and has not been seen since 2009."

Mr Gulaptis referenced a recent petition with more than a thousand signatures calling on elected Clarence Valley leaders to speak out against domestic violence.

"It is totally unacceptable that at least one woman in Australia dies every week at the hands of her partner or former partner, and our community is not immune," he said.

"Domestic violence is the ugly side of humanity and we as a society have a responsibility to do everything we can to end the level of violence against women in our community." -ARM NEWSDESK

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