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The media in the Sue Neill-Fraser case were fixated on supposed lies in the case. Sue admits to telling a lie about returning to the Marieville Esplanade foreshore on the night of Australia Day 2009. This will be the topic of a separate blog posting which will explain the circumstances surrounding this lie, which was told to protect family relationships and to prevent inferring the possible involvement of one of Bob Chappell’s family members in the then disappearance. Today’s blog will focus on the supposed Bunnings “lie”. This relates to the fact that Sue, in her statement of 28 January 2013, told police that she thought she had spent the afternoon of Australia Day at Bunnings at Moonah. (She did not mention Bunnings at all in her written statement to police dated 27 January 2009).

Sue Neill-Fraser has made it very clear in her statements, her Records of Interview and her evidence in court that she had memory problems surrounding her movements on the afternoon of 26 January 2009 and on 27 January 2009, in particular. For example, as alluded to above, a major issue related to whether she attended Bunnings at Moonah in the late afternoon of Australia Day.

It seems from a careful analysis of the case that Sue Neill-Fraser may well have been suffering from legitimate memory issues due to the impact of severe anxiety and shock and/or the ingestion of diazepam, a benzodiazepine, on 27 January 2009. (Note, I do not profess to be an expert in this area but do hold a Pharmacy degree from the University of Sydney. I also worked as a Pharmacist for two years). See a highly relevant Eve Ash “Dig Deeper” video clip at

Sue’s memory issues may have been unfairly interpreted by the court as ...

Read the rest, Barbara Etter’s blog here