New revelations in the 1973 murder of Bronwynne Richardson

Oct 26, 2021
Two men involved in the 1973 murder of Bronwynne Richardson have been named. Source: Twitter/ @nswpolice

After 48 years the two men involved in the murder of teenage beauty queen, Bronwynne Richardson, have been named by the New South Wales (NSW) Deputy State Coroner.

The NSW Deputy State Coroner, Carmel Forbes told the Coroner’s Court on Monday, October 25 that Richardson’s cousin, Colin Newey and his associate Maxwell Martin, were involved in her 1973 murder. Both Newey and Martin are now deceased.

Four men have been charged in connection with the murder previously, however, none have resulted in a conviction. In 2014, Newey was arrested in connection to the rape and murder of Richardson but the charges were dropped before he was due to appear in court.

Bronwynne Richardson murder case.Bronwynne Richardson was abducted and murdered in 1973.  Source: NSW Police Force.

Richardson was abducted on Smollett Street, Albury, shortly after 7pm on October 12, 1973. She was seen being dragged into a vehicle, described as being similar to a pale green and white 1961 FB Holden station wagon.

The body of the 17-year-old was recovered from Horseshoe Lagoon, off the Murray River, two days later on October 14. She had been physically and sexually assaulted before her body was dumped in the river. In 1975, a coronial inquest found that Ms Richardson died of strangulation and drowning.

The sister of Bronwynne Richardson, Fiona Hume, told the ABC they expected the court’s findings.

“Death may silence the monsters but it hasn’t silenced the truth,” she said.

Hume also condemned that the violence her sister suffered still continues today.

“Even in the modern-day, what happened to her continues to happen,” she said.

“I think that if anything, she would like to not be forgotten.

“People can continue to support women and break this cycle that continues, the violence.”

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