Graham Stafford.
Graham Stafford.

No further prosecution for Stafford over Leanne's murder

MOOLOOLABA man Graham Stafford will not face further prosecution over the murder of Ipswich teen Leanne Holland more than two decades ago.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie issued a statement on Friday afternoon that he would not proceed with an ex-officio indictment against Mr Stafford.

Stafford was convicted of the 13-year-old's murder in 1992 but the Queensland Court of Appeal set aside that conviction in 2009, after he had been released on parole.

It was his third attempt at appeal.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions subsequently announced that it would not proceed with a new trial.

"I made this decision after careful and thorough considerations of all the circumstances," Mr Bleijie said.

"The Director of Public Prosecutions, a retired Supreme Court Judge and a senior Queen's Counsel reviewed all of the evidence and they all advised that a new trial would not be in the public interest. I must respect that advice.

"The relevant considerations included, but were not limited to, the age of the case and inevitable impact on the evidence, given that more than 20 years has passed since Leanne's death, and the fact that Graham Stafford has served 15 years in prison.

"Leanne's family has been informed and my thoughts are with them at this time.

"I will be making no further comment."

Police officers were ordered in 2010 to review every avenue of the case afresh and still recommended Stafford should be re-tried for the murder.

Police indicated in 2012 they would forever point the finger directly at Stafford for murdering the Goodna teen but had closed their case after the ODPP's decision.

Leanne's body was found in bushland at Redbank Plains in 1991.



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