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BREAKING NEWS: Sentence Handed Down in Lynette Daley Case

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BREAKING NEWS: Sentence Handed Down in Lynette Daley Case

Two men found guilty for their roles in relation to the death of Lynette Daley at Iluka have been sentenced to prison.

Adrian Attwater has been jailed for 19 years with a non parole period of 14 years 3 months, while Paul Maris has been sentenced to 9 years, with 6 years 9 months in prison before he can apply for parole.

In handing down the sentence in Coffs Harbour, Supreme Justice Elizabeth Fullerton was highly critical of the DPP, saying "the delay in the prosecution of them has not only operated unfairly on them, but it has also operated to the direct detriment to the family of the deceased".

Justice Fullerton said that the DPP has offered no explanation for why it took so long to pursue prosecution of the men.

In August, a jury took just 32 minutes to return a guilty verdict in the trial.

Last month, Ms Daley’s step father Gordon Davis questioned the DPP, and Mr Babb’s decision not to prosecute initially, when a jury returned a guilty verdict so quickly. 

He said, “I feel the DPP is solely ­responsible for the trauma to my family”.

The family of Lynette Daley applauded as the men were taken away from the Court room.

It is hoped today's sentence will form some closure for the family of Ms Daley.