MUR­DERS TURNED INTO FILM

Herald Sun - - NEWS - DAVID HUR­LEY

A MOVIE about the Port­land hairdressing salon mur­ders is in pre-pro­duc­tion with the grand­daugh­ter of one of the vic­tims behind the project.

Robert Penny was on bail for the mur­ders of his wife, Mar­garet, 58, and her hair­dresser, Claire Acocks, 49, when he died last year.

The two women were stabbed, beaten and their throats cut in Port­land’s Old Lon­don Coif­fure hair salon on May 3, 1991.

Now writer and ac­tor Aphra Wil­liams, the grand­daugh­ter of Robert and Mar­garet Penny, is mak­ing a film about the in­fa­mous double mur­der.

Mr Penny was charged in April 2015 with the mur­ders of both women.

A covertly recorded tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Mr Penny and his grand­daugh­ter in Fe­bru­ary 2014 led po­lice to charge him more than 20 years af­ter the mur­ders.

Coroner Jac­qui Hawkins will to­day de­liver her find­ing into the two deaths.

Ms Wil­liams, a key wit­ness in the in­quest, said the film will be shot in ru­ral Vic­to­ria and stay true to the events and lo­ca­tions sur­round­ing the mur­ders.

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