Family, friends and supporters seeking justice for murdered Clinton Speedy-Duroux will gather in Bruxner Park on Thursday, September 20 at 10am to walk through town to Clinton’s memorial in Millbrook Park.
Clinton’s aunt Dolly Jerome said the walk will be a silent protest, without rage.
“It’s a loss, the latest we’ve encountered over the past 28 years. We will walk to gather our thoughts.”
Similar walks will also be happening in Bowraville and outside NSW Parliament House.
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After pinning their hopes on the government’s submission to the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal, Ms Jerome said the family was just devastated at the decision for the prime suspect in the case to not face a retrial, in yet another blow in their long campaign.
“We went through all the steps as we were advised and guided,” she said.
“It’s not the people that are the problem, but rather the system. It doesn’t have a heart.
“It lacks empathy for the families going through what we have, and not only the families of Clinton and Colleen and Evelyn but all the other families seeking justice.
“It’s a big letdown.”
Ms Jerome said the families will pick themselves up and draw comfort from each other and from friends and community members, and Thursday’s walk will be a good source of support.
“It’s not an angry protest, more a sign of respect. Come and walk with us together and empower each other so we can go on from here.
“We need to pick our spirits back up, so this will give us what we need.”
Ms Jerome said each time they’ve hit a roadblock over the years, their coping mechanism was to get back with family, community and friends to empower them to go on.
She said there had been suggestions over the years to give up, but it’s something she can’t contemplate.
“No, I can’t throw the towel in. Not for a long time yet.”
After the walk she said the family will be guided by Clinton’s parents and those of Colleen Walker-Craig and Evelyn Greenup as to what steps to take next. Attorney-General Mark Speakman has spoken with the family and said he will be looking at what can be done.
“He was right on board,” Ms Jerome said, “as is (Member of the NSW Legislative Council) David Shoebridge, working through Parliament.
“The thing is it should never have got this far.”
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