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Lynette Daley: Two men charged over woman’s death strained under tougher bail conditions

Adrian Attwater, Paul Maris, Lynette Daley

Two men charged over the death of northern NSW woman Lynette Daley have had their bail conditions tightened during an appearance at a court in Grafton.

Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris appeared in Grafton local court on Tuesday in front of about two dozen members of the dead woman’s family.

Attwater and Maris have been ordered not to contact anyone who has made statements to police investigating the alleged rape and manslaughter of the 33-year-old woman in 2011, who was also known as Norma Daley.

Lawyers for the accused men have agreed to the tougher bail conditions.

Lynette Daley’s body was found naked, bruised and bloodied on Ten Mile Beach in January 2011.

She had allegedly been subjected to a violent sexual act.

Attwater, who claimed to be Daley’s boyfriend, and his friend, Maris, were initially charged by police and were at the center of an inquest into Daley’s death.

But it was not until this year that the director of public prosecutions, Lloyd Babb SC, announced prosecutors would take the matter to trial after he sought advice from independent counsel after intense public pressure.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Attwater’s solicitor, Martin Bernhaut, also asked for a court order banning publication of his client’s home address.

“It’s a matter involving significant publicity, significant public sentiment,” Bernhaut said. “There have been concerns raised about the safety of the defendants in this matter.”

Attwater has been charged with manslaughter and aggravated sexual intercourse without consent, and Maris faces charges of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent and accessory after the fact to manslaughter.

The magistrate, Robyn Denes, has adjourned their cases until September.

She has ordered the men not to contact any crown witness by any means, and to surrender their passports.

Violence erupted outside the courthouse as dozens of Daley’s friends and family came face to face with the man accused of killing her.

Attwater tried to shield his face as he emerged from the court to abuse and one woman chased him on to the road before she fell.

Speaking outside court Daley’s mother, Thelma Davis, said her daughter was a “kindhearted” young woman who deserved justice.


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