Murderer No More: Andrew Mallard and the Epic Fight to Prove His Innocence

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Allen & Unwin, 2010 - True Crime - 311 pages
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'Even great courts and independent judges can sometimes get things wrong. Reading this book, we should resolve to strengthen our defences against miscarriages of justice.'

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, past Justice of the High Court of Australia

In 1994 Pamela Lawrence was brutally bashed to death in her jewellery shop in Perth. Police suspicion fell on a young drifter named Andrew Mallard. Although innocent, he was charged and convicted of this murder. It took 12 years and an epic struggle by Andrew's mother and sister, a team of lawyers and West Australian journalist Colleen Egan to right this wrong.

Not only did their unrelenting battle for justice end in the High Court of Australia making a devastating judgment against the West Australian courts, but it also led to cold-case investigators identifying the real murderer.

This is an emotional roller-coaster of a book, brilliantly and compellingly written. It is about justice, survival and what can happen when good people take on the system.
 

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I have no idea how some authors can get themselves involved in a miscarriage of justice, see the case through to its conclusion, write an incisive and ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
1 A sudden storm and a terrible murder
5
2 The perfect patsy
18
3 The prime suspect
27
4 A dodgy confession
35
5 A wild wild week
47
6 Charged and convicted
68
7 Six learned judges
83
14 Our darkest day
184
15 The highest court in the land
200
16 A strange kind of victory
209
17 On the outside
216
18 Another blonde woman murdered
227
19 A bombshell drops
235
20 More blood
247
21 The DPP is delighted
250

8 Andrews nightmare
88
9 Never give up
104
10 Injections of faith
121
11 An unlikely saviour
138
12 Justice West Australian style
156
13 See no evil hear no mevil speak no evil
170
22 The Corruption and Crime Commission
254
23 Facing Peter Lawrence
268
24 The final chapter
278
Back cover
294
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About the author (2010)

Colleen Egan is a Walkley Award-winning Perth journalist, who has worked over the years for The West Australian, The Sunday Times and The Australian. She is currently an assistant editor of The West Australian.

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