The NJP is assisting the families of two Aboriginal girls from Bourke who have waited over 30 years for closure after the murder of the girls 3 decades ago. The girls’ families understandably struggle to comprehend why the deaths of the two girls and the molestation of one of them have as yet gone unpunished. The National Justice Project is assisting these families to expose the truth through an inquest and hopefully receive an apology, but in having a formal mediation with the NSW Police Force, have taken a first step towards closure.
As Rosemary Neill, senior writer at The Australian recounted in an article published late last week, “Mona Smith, 16, and Cindy Smith, 15, died in a horrific road accident near Bourke in northern NSW in 1987 after climbing into the ute of white excavator driver Alexander Ian Grant. When Grant’s vehicle crashed, Mona was partially scalped and lost an ear, and Cindy died from massive internal injuries.”
Grant, who had consumed copious amounts of alcohol that day, then apparently interfered with her clothing and molested her as she was dying, or when she had just passed. Grant died in 2017, having never spent a single day in jail over the girls’ deaths or the molestation of Cindy.
The National Justice Project is committed to assisting these families to get some answers about why Grant was able to elude punishment, and continue to shine a light on the management of cases involving Aboriginal victims by Police.