MURDERS TURNED INTO FILM
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.