A snapshot of Lynette Daley death and rape

A SNAPSHOT OF THE LYNETTE DALEY CASE

THE ACCUSED

Adrian Richard Attwater, 43, concreter from Yamba in northern NSW.

Paul Eric Maris, 47, vehicle repairer.

THE VICTIM

Lynette Daley, 33, indigenous mother-of-seven.

CHARGES

Attwater: Manslaughter; aggravated sexual assault in company.

Maris: Hinder discovery of evidence; aggravated sexual assault in company.

FACTS

The pair sexually assaulted Ms Daley, Attwater's girlfriend, at Ten Mile Beach near Iluka during an Australia Day camping trip in 2011.

Maris burnt a blood-soaked mattress and Ms Daley's clothes to hide evidence of the sexual assault.

Attwater "did unlawfully kill" Ms Daley by inflicting horrific injuries during the sex act and failing to get medical help before she bled to death, the judge said.

ARREST

Attwater in April 2011 was charged with manslaughter and Maris was charged with being an accessory. But in March 2012 the director of public prosecutions declined to continue with the prosecution.

The NSW state coroner referred the matter back to the DPP after a 2014 inquest.

In February 2016 the NSW attorney-general requested the DPP review the case.

An ABC Four Corners program aired in May 2016 brought the case back into the spotlight.

Attwater and Maris were charged again in June 2016. They faced a trial in Coffs Harbour in August 2017.

TRIAL

The prosecution said Attwater "repeatedly and vigorously" sexually assaulted an intoxicated Ms Daley using his hand and he had a legal duty of care to seek medical attention for her injuries. Maris joined in on the sex act at Attwater's invitation.

Attwater's lawyer said his client believed Ms Daley had consented to the sex act and he "didn't mean for her to get hurt".

JUDGMENT

A jury found Attwater and Maris guilty after just 32 minutes of deliberations.

Justice Elizabeth Fullerton said Attwater's "attitude towards Ms Daley at the time of the offending was one of callous indifference".

SENTENCE

Attwater: 19 years jail, with a non-parole period of 14 years and three months.

Maris: Nine years jail, with a non-parole period of six years and nine months.

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