Sunday Night murder case referred to appeals court

A murder case investigated by Sunday Night has now been referred to the Court of Appeal by WA Attorney General John Quigley.

In 2009 Scott Austic was convicted for the stabbing murder of his partner Stacey Thorne, but there have been on-going doubts about the case.

In March Michael Usher, who followed the story for a year, questioned whether evidence against Austic was planted by police.

“We couldn’t be happier for Scott. This is a win for him, and his Mum and beautiful daughters who have fought hard for Scott’s innocence,” he said.

“They have an extraordinary small team of legal and forensic experts who have worked tirelessly to establish that Scott is the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice. We gave them a voice in our Sunday Night investigation, and helped shine a light on Scott’s plight.

“We know the WA Attorney General requested a copy of our report after it aired and this helped in the legal consideration for Scott’s appeal.

“We look forward, like Scott and his dedicated family and supporters, to seeing him receive fair justice.”

Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson, added: “What Michael and the team uncovered is an indictment on the way WA police handled this case. The appeal allows all the evidence to be retested with hopefully far more rigour than at the original trial.”

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