Relatives of seven Victorians who were murdered or sexually assaulted by convicted criminals on parole or on supervision orders have officially lodged legal proceedings against the State Government.
Spearheaded by Noelle Dickson, the mother of murder victim Sarah Cafferkey, the families are seeking compensation accusing the State of Victoria of negligence and breaching its duty of care.
It was Hunter’s second murder and he had just finished a period of parole for other violent offences when he killed Ms Cafferkey.
The families of murder victims, Raechel Betts, Joanne Wicking, Evan Rudd and Douglas Philips, have now lodged official writs with the court, claiming the system failed them.
Writs allege state was ‘responsible’ for offenders
All writs lodged with the County Court argued the state was at all times responsible for the offenders, including assessing the suitability of the prisoner’s release, putting in place suitable conditions of parole, including proper monitoring and was responsible for protecting the community against offenders.
Raechel Betts, 27, was murdered in August, 2009, by serial killer John Leslie Coombes, 56, while he was on parole. It was his third murder.
John Leslie Coombes was on parole when he strangled and dismembered Ms Betts.
Joanne Wicking, 29, was killed in front of her four children by Sean Maraffko in 2010. He was on parole having been released from prison just 18 days earlier.
Evan Rudd, 29, was killed by serial offender Richard Stephen Devries during an argument over a car parking spot in Moe in 2011. Devries had 80 convictions dating back to 1991 and was on parole for assault at the time.