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    In this Aug. 15, 2016 photo, Gordon Davis and his wife Thelma look through photos of their daughter, Lynette Daley, at their home in Yamba, Australia. The brutal death of Daley, an Aboriginal woman, and the reluctance of officials to prosecute the white suspects, has highlighted a deadly racial divide in Australia, where Indigenous people remain the most disadvantaged segment of society

    Two Australians Jailed for Brutal Murder of Aboriginal Woman

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    A six-year battle for justice by the victim’s family was finally concluded on Friday, resulting in the two assailants receiving 14 and 9-year sentences accordingly.

    Adrian Attwater was charged with aggravated sexual assault and manslaughter and sentenced to a maximum of 19 years in prison, while his co-defendant, Paul Maris, was convicted to nine years in jail for hindering the discovery of evidence alongside sexual abuse.

    In 2011, Lynette Daley, aged 33, bled to death after being taken by Attwater and Maris to a remote beach and sexually assaulted. The forensic report said her injuries were so bad, they could not even have occurred in precipitous childbirth.

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    The defendants never denied they were with Lynette when she died, however they refused to take responsibility for her death. They claimed that they didn’t rape her, saying they had “wild sex,” and she was a willing participant.

    The prosecution delayed bringing the case to trial until 2016 without giving any explanation. Daley’s family believed the reason for the delay was that Daley was Aboriginal, and accused the prosecutor of racism.

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    Today, the state Director of Public Prosecutions Lloyd Babb apologized to the victim’s family.

    "The question of whether there are reasonable prospects of conviction is a predictive exercise and one about which reasonable minds can differ. Some of the evidence that informed the earlier decisions not to proceed with the prosecution was different to the evidence that was before the jury," Babb wrote. "Nonetheless, I sincerely regret my office's involvement in the delay."

    Aboriginals’ human and indigenous rights are constantly being breached in the country. Making up approximately 3 percent of the population, they suffer from more substance abuse and domestic violence than any other Australian ethic or cultural group.

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