Family’s heartbreaking letter to AG pleading for justice
ANNETTE Jane Mason's family has penned a heartbreaking letter to Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath pleading with her to order a coronial inquest into the teen's brutal murder.
The Chronicle has been given permission to publish the powerful letter to increase pressure on the government and raise awareness about the family's fight for justice.
Annette's mother, Judith Anderson, talking exclusively to The Chronicle from her home in Brisbane, said she hoped Ms D'Ath would reconsider her position and order an inquest.
Ms D'Ath rejected the family's initial call for an inquest but said she felt sorry for their loss.
The Mason family confirmed to The Chronicle that they had not heard from Ms D'Ath in response to their letter and that she had made no attempt to contact them.
Ms Anderson said the family had suffered in silence for a quarter of a century and it was time they went public with their plight.
"We really need answers . . . we will not be able to rest until we do," she said.
"I have a very real fear that I will die before getting the answers I so desperately need, and have waited a lifetime for.
"No mother should have to live with that."
Miss Mason's badly beaten and partly naked body was found on November 19, 1989, concealed under a doona in the sunroom of a house she shared with two other women at 131 Anzac Ave, Toowoomba.
It is believed Miss Mason, 15, was murdered sometime between 5am and 7am before her body was discovered at 2.10pm.
No one has ever been charged with her murder.
Annette's father, Andrew Mason, talking to The Chronicle from his home in Newcastle, said his daughter's murder had haunted him his entire life.
He said he has had to live with the knowledge he failed to protect his daughter from the murderous hands of an unknown person.
"As a father I have had to live with that every day since Annette was murdered . . . it has torn me apart and is constantly on my mind," he said.
"I need someone held accountable for my daughter's murder.
"It is time for our family, and Annette, to get justice and a coronial inquest will give us the closure we so desperately need."
Annette's sister, Linda Mason, who also lives in Brisbane, said her family would never give up in their fight to see Annette's killer, or killers, brought to justice.
She said it was now up to Ms D'Ath to ensure Annette's voice was heard - even if it was almost 26 years after she was bludgeoned to death in her bed.
"We will never give up our fight for justice until we have a resolution," she said.
"Yvette D'Ath should feel embarrassed at her inaction so far.
"She should have invested more time in the first place, finding out about Annette's story, instead of just dismissing our request for a coronial inquest out of hand.
"The fact she has a daughter the same age as Annette, hopefully, she will look at her and think seriously about reconsidering her stance."
The Attorney-General, in a statement to The Chronicle, said she had received the Mason's letter but once again rejected the family's calls for an inquest.
"If there is any new information it should be brought to police attention," she said.
"Additionally, if there is any new evidence that would warrant an inquest, it should be brought to my department."
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- The family has set up a Facebook page to highlight their fight for justice and where messages of support can be left. It can be found at http://www.facebook.com/groups/justiceforannette/
- An online petition calling on Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath to act and order a coronial inquest into the murder is at http://www.change.org/p/justice-for-murdered-toowoomba-teen-annette-jane-mason
- Anyone with any information about the Mason murder on November 19, 1989 in Toowoomba is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.