No body, no pa­role bill passed

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­THONY TEMPLETON

KILLERS and any­one charged as an ac­ces­sory to the crime will not be re­leased from prison un­til they tell au­thor­i­ties where the vic­tim’s body is lo­cated.

The Palaszczuk Govern­ment passed its no body no pa­role bill through par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, with bi­par­ti­san sup­port.

Leanne Pullen’s son Tim was killed near Collinsville in 2012, but his body has never been re­cov­ered de­spite six peo­ple be­ing charged and sen­tenced in re­la­tion to the crime.

Mrs Pullen said she hoped the new laws would cre­ate an in­cen­tive for killers to tell where their vic­tim’s re­mains were hid­den to pro­vide closure for fam­i­lies.

“I know that this leg­is­la­tion isn’t nec­es­sar­ily go­ing to make all per­pe­tra­tors talk be­cause there’s ones out there that want peo­ple to suf­fer,” she said.

“But the thought of never hav­ing pa­role surely is an in­cen­tive to make them talk.”

Fiona Splitt’s hus­band Bruce was killed while he was prospect­ing near Palmerville five years ago, but the body has never been found.

Mrs Splitt said she just wanted to be able to bury her hus­band and pleaded with his killers to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about where his body was hid­den.

“I don’t know where he is so we need to bring him home,” she said. “Please tell me where Bruce is.”

At­tor­ney- Gen­eral Yvette D’Ath said Queens­land had the strong­est no body no pa­role leg­is­la­tion in the coun­try.

Leanne Pullen.

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