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The Tragic Life of Andrew Mallard April 20, 2019

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A West Australian man who was wrongfully jailed for more than a decade has been killed in a hit-and-run crash in the United States. I first met Andrew Mallard at meetings of JusticeWA, where I also met Lindy Chamberlain and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.  Two of the three have now passed away. Lindy Chamberlain is alive and is living with Rick Creighton her second husband.

Alice Lynne “Lindy” Chamberlain-Creighton (née Murchison; born 4 March 1948) is a New Zealand-born woman who was wrongfully convicted in one of Australia’s most publicised murder trials. Accused of killing her nine-week-old daughter, Azaria while camping at Uluru (then usually known as Ayers Rock) in 1980, she maintained that she saw a dingo leave the tent where Azaria was sleeping. The prosecution case was circumstantial and depended on forensic evidence.

Chamberlain was convicted on 29 October 1982, and her appeals to the Federal Court of Australia, and High Court of Australia, were dismissed. On 7 February 1986, after the discovery of new evidence, Chamberlain was released from prison on remission. She and her husband Michael Chamberlain, co-accused, were officially pardoned in 1987, and their convictions were quashed by the Supreme Court of Northern Territory in 1988.  In 1992, the Australian government paid Chamberlain $1.3 million in compensation for her wrongful conviction. She married Rick Creighton in 1992.

Andrew was a gentle man who was working and studying as an artist and visiting his fiancee in the city of Los Angeles. Paul Montani, the founder of JusticeWA, facilitated my meeting with all three of the above.

Andrew Mallard was grateful for his freedom after conviction of the murder of Pamela Lawrence in her Glyde Street Mosman shop.

WA Police have confirmed 56-year-old Andrew Mallard died in Los Angeles in a hit run case. LA Police are currently investigating the case. Andrew Mallard died at the scene of the crime despite receiving CPR from a bystander.

Mr Mallard was convicted of the brutal murder of Perth wife and mother Pamela Lawrence in 1995 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

He served 12 years in jail until the combined efforts of Colleen Egan journalist, John Quigley a Labour politician and a team of high-profile, pro bono lawyers including Malcolm McCusker finally saw him exonerated.

In a statement, the family of Andrew Mallard said they were shocked to learn overnight of his sudden death.

Former journalist Colleen Egan, who played a role in obtaining the acquittal of Mr Mallard, said she was assisting the family with media queries.

“His mother, Grace Mallard, sister Jacqui and brother-in-law Wayne are all devastated by the news,” she said in a statement.

“They are being assisted by the Australian consulate in the US.”


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