Milat pens indignant letter from ‘dark side’

Serial killer Ivan Milat has protested his innocence in a six-page letter from his ”sunless cement cave” in Australia’s most secure prison.The letter to The Sun-Herald reads like Milat’s last throw of the dice after losing appeals at every level of the justice system, right up to the High Court.The former roadworker is serving seven life sentences for murdering seven backpackers in the Belanglo State Forest south-west of Sydney between 1989 and 1992.Driven mad by isolated confinement and suffocating routine, the 65-year-old has convinced himself the justice system has conspired against him. His waking hours are spent writing letters to courts and judges from the ”dark side” – his Supermax cell in Goulburn jail – urging a review of his trial, the evidence and his conviction.”I have been denied natural and judicial justice continually,” he writes, referring to his incarceration as “a legal anomaly” and a “miscarriage of justice”.His frustration turned to grisly self-harm in January when he gnawed the little finger off his left hand, wrapped it in newspaper and placed it in an envelope addressed to the High Court’s Chief Justice Robert French.”The court refused to acknowledge my correspondence,” he writes. “I end up chew finger off and put it in mail address to High Court.”A lot of nasty things were said of me for doing that act but what else could I do?”In the past nine months, Milat has been in correspondence with the High Court in Canberra, the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney, the DNA Review Panel, the Attorney-General’s Department and the Independent Commission Against Corruption.”I have written to the Chief Justice of NSW, Justice Jim Spigelman, about the matter and requested that I go to the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal about the matter and I await His Honour’s reply,” he writes, using his trademark drawing of The Saint next to his signature.At the heart of Milat’s increasingly desperate appeals are two issues:1. None of the DNA evidence collected by the police at the murder scenes produced any match with Milat or any member of his family.2. The police maintained at his 1996 trial that Milat acted alone and offered no evidence that he was in a criminal conspiracy with accomplices. Yet in his final address to the jury, Justice David Hunt canvassed the Crown’s “alternative case” that “there was a small group consisting of at least two persons involved in the murders of these seven victims. Each person may have been involved in all seven or in just some of the murders”.During the course of his relentless letter writing, Milat has obtained a letter from the Supreme Court’s Justice Peter McClennan quoting from the ruling it was “no part of the Crown case that others may have been involved” in the slayings.But he has also received a letter from the DNA Review Panel saying “the Crown case was that another or others were also involved in the murders” and, therefore, a re-examination of the DNA evidence would not assist in any claim of innocence.”I have two legal decisions which contradict each other,” he writes. “I have raised a legitimate legal matter about the Crown’s primary evidence to prove my guilt.”Of the DNA evidence, he writes: “The Crown said no DNA implicated Ivan Milat. Yet it throws off the DNA evidence by suggesting it was ‘contaminated’ but I have never seen any proof of it being contaminated.”Milat’s brother, Bill, who has long campaigned for his brother’s release, told The Sun-Herald: “The police obtained two separate DNA samples from the crime scenes and neither of them match or belong to any of the Milat family.”The police say that anyone who appeals against their conviction is in denial and that their legal actions are about wanting to be in control.”What about the five people in the past two years who have been released after serving more than eight years for crimes they did not commit? They were not in denial, they were stating a fact about their innocence.”Bill Milat also referred to “100 per cent accurate evidence” that on the day two of the backpackers were murdered, Ivan was at his mother’s home. NSW Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham told The Sun-Herald Milat’s appeals for justice were obscene because he had shown no mercy to his victims.Commissioner Woodham said Milat was old, fragile and losing touch with reality. ”He’s in his right place and he’ll be staying there,” he said.
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