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Judge steps down from Eastman inquiry

A JUDGE in charge of the inquiry of David Eastman’s 1995 murder conviction has disqualified himself. 

scale of justice lrActing Justice Kevin Duggan convened a hearing of the Board of Inquiry this morning, where he announced he would be disqualifying himself from further involvement in the Inquiry.

Justice Duggan told the court he recently viewed documents subpoenaed by the inquiry that were related to enquiries into the alleged involvement of an Italian organised crime in the 1989 murder of Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester.

The judge said the documents contained a reference to a person he had previously acted for as counsel on three occasions.

ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell expressed his appreciation for Acting Justice Duggan’s efforts to date.

“The ACT Government expects to announce a new appointment to head the Inquiry shortly,” Mr Corbell said.

“The substantive hearing of the Inquiry was due to start in November 2013, and I understand that can still be the case.”

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