Father weeps as killer remains free
IT was all too much for Peter Stace after the coroner handed down an open finding into the death of his daughter Lee Ellen in 1997.
After 12 years of waiting, the Stace family were hoping for a more concrete outcome and this showed as the head of the family broke into tears as he left Grafton Court House yesterday afternoon.
Earlier Peter, daughter Kylie, her husband Nigel Hicks and Lee's best friend Terri Mackay all gave statements of their experiences of the investigation for the record.
They spoke of their loss, the psychological and other health problems that occurred as they tried to come to terms with the loss of their daughter, sister and friend. While they were critical of the police inquiry, they all praised the efforts of head of the investigation Detective Senior Constable Tony King.
"As a result of this inquest I am hoping that someone will provide that missing bit of information to Det Tony King that can provide him with a positive result for all his hard work," Peter said.
The family also wanted Det King to remain in charge of the investigation, although the coroner later told them he wanted the investigation to go to the Homicide Unit.