The New South Wales Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is facing damning criticism over a 33-year-old woman’s brutal death and the two suspects who have never been held to account.
Lynette Daley, also known as Norma, was found naked, bruised and bloodied on Ten Mile Beach in northern NSW in January 2011.
An autopsy would later find Ms Daley died from blunt force genital tract trauma.
She had suffered horrific internal and external injuries following a violent sex act being performed on her by a man who claimed to be her boyfriend, Adrian Attwater.
Ms Daley had been taken to Ten Mile Beach the previous night by Mr Attwater and his friend, Paul Maris.
Ms Daley was a mother to seven young children. Mr Attwater and Mr Maris told Ms Daley they were taking her for a camping and fishing trip.
Both men were known to police at the time.
In the back of Mr Maris’s four-wheel-drive, in darkness, the two men subjected a highly intoxicated Ms Daley to a series of sex acts.
Forensic pathologists later found Ms Daley’s blood alcohol concentration to be dangerously high, 0.352, in the potentially lethal range of intoxication.
Experts have told Four Corners that Ms Daley would not have been able to consent to the sex acts being performed on her that night.
Attwater, Maris charged but never prosecuted
In police videos and photos of the scene obtained by Four Corners, Mr Attwater and Mr Maris describe what they did to Ms Daley.
But their version of events was found to be both inconceivable and dishonest by NSW coroner Michael Barnes following an inquest in 2014.
In the police videos, Mr Maris reveals how he set fire to and burnt key pieces of evidence including the blood-soaked mattress and Ms Daley’s underwear, before paramedics or police had arrived on the scene that morning.
Following a thorough police investigation, Mr Attwater was charged with manslaughter and Mr Maris was charged with manslaughter accessory after the fact.
But neither man was ever prosecuted.
The NSW DPP formally declined to prosecute on two separate occasions, despite the urgings of the investigating police and the recommendations of the NSW coroner.
Ms Daley’s family said they were deeply traumatised, shocked and confused with the NSW DPP’s decisions.
They said they could not understand why the case had not been prosecuted and why both men have not been held to account over the violent death of their daughter.