State Crime Command will investigate Mark Haines’ death

The NSW Police have today announced that the State Crime Command will review the case of murdered Aboriginal 17 year old Mark Haines. This announcement comes on the 29th anniversary of Mark’s death as his family and supporters joined with Greens MP David Shoebridge to protest the lack of police action at Tamworth Police station.

With fresh evidence coming to light in the last 12 months regarding the circumstances of Mark’s death, David has been calling for the case to handed over to the State Crime Command to give Mark’s family the best possible chance at justice.

Handing this review over to the State Crime Command is an important and necessary step in recognising that the investigative efforts of the local area command have to date been inadequate. Mark’s family deserves answers and they deserve justice, this review brings them one step closer to achieving that.

As reported by ABC:

A review of the investigation into the death of an Aboriginal teenager in Tamworth almost 30 years ago will be conducted by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad.

The body of Mark Haines, 17, was found near railway tracks outside the town 29 years ago today.

More than a dozen family members of the teen today protested outside Tamworth police station, renewing their calls for the death to be investigated again.

Mark’s uncle Don Craigie said the family needed to know what had happened to Mark.

“[I] plead to the community and the public to come forward if you got any information. I still ask that today,” Mr Craigie said.

“Please come forward and let us rest. We’re tired. We need closure.”

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Mr Shoebridge last year wrote to NSW Police commissioner Andrew Scipione, requesting the case be re-investigated by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, instead of local police.

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