Trigger warning: This article contains graphic and upsetting content.
We will never forget what happened to this beautiful, young nurse, not just because she was young and innocent, but because the crime that took her life was so violent, so heartless and so random. I won’t say she was in the wrong place at the wrong time because she wasn’t. She was exactly where she should have been. She was simply walking from the train station to her home. She should have been safe.
It’s been 30 years today since Anita Cobby, 26, was pulled off the street by five men, raped, tortured and then murdered, left to rot in what was known as the Boiler Paddock on a property on Reen Road in Blacktown in Sydney’s West. Her naked body was found the by dairy farmer, John Reen, who noticed his cows were milling around the corner part of his property.
He got on his motorbike, rode out to the spot and found Anita.