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Murder in Melbourne

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Tragic deaths down under and a failing parole system

Murder in Melbourne is a hard-hitting new documentary that looks at the murders of three Irish nationals living in Melbourne during 2012 and 2013, and investigates failings in the parole system in Victoria, which could be said to be responsible for two of them. The film opens with the botched robbery and killing of Dublin born jeweler, Dermot O’Toole, in July 2013 and we see poignant interviews with his wife and family. David Greene meanwhile, was attacked while managing a hostel in Melbourne one year earlier. The film documents the plight of his parents, Aidan and Catherine, who hearing of his attack flew to Melbourne, only to have to sanction the switching off of his life-support twelve days later. They then had to face David’s killer in court. Within weeks there had been another murder in Melbourne, that of Jill Meagher. Jill’s murder became one of the highest profile in Australia’s history, not just because of its brutality, but because her murderer, Adrian Bayley, a convicted rapist, was out on parole. Despite this, less than five months later, a convicted armed robber by the name of Gavin Perry was also released on parole. Perry was a highly dangerous career criminal and quickly went on a spree of armed robberies, which eventually led to the murder of Dermot O’Toole. This is an engrossing and moving portrait of ordinary families coping with devastating loss and the difficult journey to get justice for loved ones.

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