Peter Falconio killer urged to ‘stand up’ and give up body 15 years after murder


Bradley Murdoch has been called upon by authorities to reveal where the body of backpacker Peter Falconio is, over 15 years after he disappeared

One of the officers responsible for leading the investigation into the disappearance of Peter Falconio and subsequent conviction of Bradley Murdoch has urged him to “stand up” and reveal the location of the body.

Murdoch was convicted in 2005 of murdering Mr Falconio, 28, and assaulting his girlfriend Joanne Lees, then 27, on a remote stretch of highway in July 2001.

John Daulby, former assistant commissioner of Northern Territory Police 1992-2005, says: “I hope we do find Peter Falconio. But there is only one person who knows where Pete is buried and that is Murdoch.

“Has he got anything in him to stand up and say where that is? I hope so. I really hope so.”

Daulby is speaking in the final part of a new four part Channel 4 documentary starting which started Sunday night looking at the case and shows Andrew Fraser, formerly one of Australia’s foremost criminal defence lawyers, heading up the reinvestigation and trying to get a petition of mercy to get Murdoch parole in the future.

As the Mirror reported last week, Fraser says the conviction is “riddled with doubt” and several experts insist that DNA results are flawed and CCTV footage used to supposedly identify Murdoch near the scene is inaccurate.

But police officers and journalists reporting on the case all remain convinced Murdoch was rightfully convicted.

Denise Hurley, the police liaison officer that worked with Joanna Lees after Falconio’s disappearance in the Northern Territory in Australia says: “I always thought Joanne Lees was telling the truth and Murdoch was guilty.

“I was pleased that they found Murdoch guilty particularly because it gave some closure to the Falconio family, it gave some closure to Joanne Lees and it also gave closure to the police which was really important.”

*Murder in the Outback: The Falconio and Lees Mystery continues on Channel 4 and is available for stream on All4.

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