Child killer won’t ap­peal

DE­CI­SION STUNS GREER SUP­PORT­ERS

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - TONY BAR­RASS

NO­TO­RI­OUS child killer Arthur “Paddy” Greer will not ap­peal his con­tentious 1994 mur­der con­vic­tion, de­spite claim­ing for decades he did not kill 14-year-old school­girl Sharon Ma­son.

The sen­sa­tional devel­op­ment has stunned his many long-time sup­port­ers who have fought tire­lessly to clear his name.

Greer’s de­ci­sion has again polarised opin­ion about one of WA’s most con­tentious mur­der files. One for­mer de­tec­tive close to the case be­lieved “the rea­son he’s not ap­peal­ing is sim­ple; he did it”.

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral John Quigley has con­firmed he has re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from the 81-year-old say­ing he did not wish to pur­sue any av­enues of ap­peal.

While Mr Quigley’s of­fice would not re­lease the let­ter or out­line Greer’s rea­sons why he was not tak­ing his case to the Court of Ap­peal, it did con­firm that Greer did not want to pur­sue the mat­ter in any form.

Greer was de­ported to his na­tive UK ear­lier this year af­ter serv­ing al­most 25 years for mur­der­ing Sharon Ma­son, who van­ished from the streets of Mos­man Park in Fe­bru­ary 1983.

Work­ers dig­ging up a carpark be­hind some Stir­ling High­way shops found her badly-de­com­posed body nine years later.

Greer, who had a long and vi­o­lent his­tory in­clud­ing pae­dophilia and at­tempted mur­der, owned a dress shop that backed on to the carpark.

He was charged with Sharon’s mur­der just weeks af­ter the grue­some dis­cov­ery and found guilty of mur­der in Au­gust 1993, but suc­cess­fully ap­pealed the con­vic­tion.

In his 1994 re­trial, Greer was again found guilty and sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment with a seven-year min­i­mum. Greer main­tained his in­no­cence through­out his in­car­cer­a­tion and could have been re­leased much ear­lier had he ad­mit­ted mur­der­ing Sharon.

Last De­cem­ber, The Sun­day Times re­vealed that prom­i­nent QC and for­mer WA gov­er­nor Mal­colm McCusker of­fered to help Greer be­cause he be­lieved “sig­nif­i­cant ev­i­dence” was with­held in his 1994 trial.

An­other prom­i­nent Perth lawyer Jon Davies has long be­lieved Greer has been a vic­tim of a ma­jor in­jus­tice, while Greer’s daugh­ter Chris­tine has been fight­ing to clear her fa­ther’s name since his con­vic­tion. Mr McCusker told The

Sun­day Times he was un­aware of Mr Greer’s let­ter to Mr Quigley, but Mr Davies seemed as­tounded by the news.

“That’s not what I’ve ever heard, some­one’s got the wrong end of the stick here,” he said. “As far as we are con­cerned, we are go­ing ahead (with the ap­peal).”

Chris­tine Greer, who now lives in Cairns, did not re­turn calls.

Me­dia ap­peal: Top, Arthur Greer dur­ing an in­ter­view with 60 Min­utes. Above, TheSun­day Times re­port from De­cem­ber show­ing mur­dered school­girl Sharon Man­son.

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