Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    No formal request from Bradley John Murdoch

    15/08/2007 4:34 PM

    Corrective Services Minister Margaret Quirk has not received a formal application from the Northern Territory Government for the transfer of Bradley John Murdoch from a Darwin prison to Western Australia.

    Ms Quirk said that in order to consider a transfer, the application must come from the Northern Territory Government, and nothing had been received.

    “I can understand that Peter Falconio’s family and Joanne Lees would love to find Peter’s body and that Bradley Murdoch is the key to that,” she said.

    ‘While I sympathise with the family, I have not received an application.”

    Bradley Murdoch is serving 28 years in Darwin’s Berrimah jail for murdering the British backpacker in 2001.

    “I have previously received correspondence from family and friends of Mr Murdoch requesting his transfer, but at the time, he still had appeal processes under way which needed to be exhausted before any transfer could be considered,” the Minister said.

    In June, the High Court rejected his application for an appeal.

    “He can now apply to the Northern Territory Government for a transfer. If the Minister consents to that transfer and it is forwarded to me, I would then consider it,” Ms Quirk said.

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