Teen murder victim's family 'treated with contempt'
THE family of murdered Toowoomba teen Annette Jane Mason is angry Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath has not bothered to contact them after they penned an emotional letter to her pleading for justice.
The heartbreaking letter, published exclusively in The Chronicle, called on Ms D'Ath to order an inquest into the teen's brutal murder in a bid to flush out those responsible.
But the silence from the Attorney-General has been deafening - despite having received the family's letter more than two weeks ago.
Miss Mason's badly beaten body was found partly naked and concealed under a doona in the sunroom of a house she shared with two other women at 131 Anzac Ave.
It is believed Miss Mason, 15, was murdered on November 19, 1989 between 5am and 7am before her body was discovered at 2.10pm.
No one has ever been charged over the senseless murder.
Family spokeswoman, Linda Mason, said Ms D'Ath's treatment of the family was disgusting and deplorable.
She said Ms D'Ath should be embarrassed at her inaction and complete disregard for the family's emotional plea.
"It is though Annette and our family do not matter," she said.
"I think we would have got more attention if it was in the lead-up to an election.
"She has treated our family with contempt."
Ms Mason said she had been in contact with Bruce and Denise Morcombe who offered their assistance in helping the family fight for justice.
She said the high-profile couple's guidance had been invaluable.
"They have been extremely helpful because they also pushed for an inquest which ultimately led to Daniel's killer being convicted," she said.
"Bruce said he had read media articles about Annette, and said he definitely feels our frustration.
"He told us not to give up hope and that is something we certainly will not be doing."
Bruce Morcombe said he fully supported Ms Mason's push for a coronial inquest into Annette's murder because the family, like his did, needed answers.
He said a coronial inquest had additional grunt compared with the court system.
"It does make a difference because it puts in the public arena some of the investigative strategies and the persons of interest," he said.
"It is a review by someone completely independent of the Queensland Police Service so perhaps those fresh eyes from a different angle might just unearth something that proves critical.
"It did in Daniel's case and there is no reason why it could not again."