Witness tearfully claims she signed statement ‘out of fear’

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A key witness in the appeal of a woman convicted of murdering her partner has left a courtroom in tears and claimed she signed her explosive statement “out of fear”.
Nanjing Night Net

Meaghan Vass is central to the appeal of Sue Neill-Fraser, who is serving a 23-year sentence for the 2009 murder of her partner Bob Chappell.

Her final bid for freedom started in the Tasmanian Supreme Court in Hobart on Monday.

Neill-Fraser was convicted of murder in 2010 on circumstantial evidence, after Mr Chappell went missing from the couple’s yacht as it was moored in the Derwent River off the Hobart suburb of Sandy Bay.

His body has never been found.

Ms Vass’s DNA was found on the yacht, and its presence could not be explained by the prosecution.

She said during Neill-Fraser’s trial that she did not know how her DNA had come to be on the yacht.

But in April this year, lawyers for Neill-Fraser obtained a signed statutory declaration from Ms Vass saying she was on the yacht, the Four Winds, on January 26, 2009 – the night of Mr Chappell’s disappearance.

Ms Vass also said she was with other people she would not name.

But under questioning from Neill-Fraser’s lawyers on Monday she recanted that statement in dramatic fashion, leaving the court room in tears after requesting a five-minute break.

Shortly before the break, she said: “I had been made to sign that statement out of fear.”

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