This case is one of disgusting sick depraved torture and murder in my view, the case is so sad to read and this mongrel is getting out on parole. No one the family are scared. Bevan is the brother of famous Rugby league legend and coach Mal Meninga (an ex cop) some say he has had some influence on the case, who knows…
But big generous Mal, has offered for the crim to stay with him, can you imagine the freedom he would have with Mal away constantly coaching football etc? What a bloody joke that is, and reflects poorly on Mal being an ex cop, to think he is able to properly supervise and guide (grrrrrrrrr) his animal of a brother on parole.
February 12, 2014
THE parents of Sunshine Coast murder victim Cheree Richardson are dreading the imminent release from jail of her killer, Mal Meninga’s brother Bevan Meninga.
Bevan Meninga, 42, who has served 21 years behind bars, could be out of jail within weeks on conditional parole.
It is understood a condition of his parole will be that he not live on the Sunshine Coast, where Cheree was killed, which means he cannot live with his mother as he had planned.
Mal Meninga, who also offered his brother a home with his family in Brisbane, said yesterday his brother would be living with a sponsor outside his household
“But we’ll be there providing support for him, and we’ll visit him on a regular basis to ensure that he’s happy, he’s being looked after, he’s cared for,’’ he said.
Meninga said the family would help his brother reintegrate into the community.
“It’s really important the Meninga family get behind him,’’ Meninga said.
Bevan Meninga murdered Richardson in 1991 by hitting her with a tree branch, later claiming he had been intoxicated at the time.
He not only hit her with the tree branch, the sick bastard, use you imagination folks…sick
Mal Meninga said yesterday his brother was extremely remorseful for what he had done and had “a lot of empathy for the victim and her family’’.
Queensland Homicide Victims Support Group general manager Ross Thompson said Cheree’s parents Helen and John Richardson were dreading Bevan Meninga’s release. He said they did not want him back on the Sunshine Coast.
“It’s where it all happened,’’ Mr Thompson said.
“Now he is about to be out on parole it brings it all back to the family, it makes them feel very insecure, regardless of where he will live.
“This takes them back to the very first days it happened.’’
Bevan Meninga took the Queensland Parole Board to the Supreme Court last month to force it to make a decision on his parole application, after waiting more than a year.
The board has not yet approved his parole because conditions, including where he will live, are still being finalised.
Conditions against his use of alcohol and illicit drugs also are expected, as psychiatrists and the board have expressed concern about the risk of him returning to substance abuse.
Both Mal Meninga’s home and that of their mother were assessed for suitability for Bevan Meninga by probation and parole officers.
On January 29 the board wrote to Meninga saying he might pose “an unacceptably high level of risk if released from custody at this stage’’, but invited him to make submissions.
Mal Meninga in parole bid for brother Bevan, serving time for murder
LEAGUE legend Mal Meninga offered to have his brother Bevan, a convicted murderer, live in his Brisbane family home if he was released on parole.
Bevan, who has served 21 years for the “horrific killing” of 19-year-old Cheree Richardson, has gone to court to force the Queensland Parole Board to make a decision.
Early last year, a probation and parole officer assessed Mal’s home’s suitability for Bevan, saying Mal had agreed to have him live there.
However, late last year Bevan applied to live with their mother on the Sunshine Coast, where Cheree was murdered, Supreme Court documents show.
In his latest release plan, filed in court, Bevan said his brother had offered to move him and his mother to Brisbane after his initial community reintegration on the Sunshine Coast.
“If the move to Brisbane is approved, my brother has full-time employment,” the document says.
Mal wrote in a letter to the board in 2012 that he “supported Bevan by phone, letters and visits over the term of his incarceration and have kept a keen interest in his welfare”.
“I believe family support is so invaluable, regardless of his wrongdoing … the family love, respect and support is paramount to his reintegration,” the letter states.
“Whilst as a family we don’t condone his actions of the past, I will make certain that Bevan will have the necessary family support during his reintegration.”
Last week, the Queensland Parole Board said Bevan might pose “an unacceptably high level of risk if released from custody at this stage” and gave him two weeks to prove otherwise.
Bevan murdered Cheree in 1991 by hitting her with a tree branch.
She had massive head and internal injuries.
The board says it is concerned Bevan, who claimed he was intoxicated at the time, could reoffend if he returned to alcohol or drug abuse.
Bevan has been eligible for parole since 2005 but has been kept in jail and has been waiting since January last year for a decision on his latest application.
He is at a low-security prison farm in Rathdowney.
A MAN who partied with teenager Cheree Richardson just an hour before her murder says he is still haunted by that night, 23 years after she was murdered.
Gavin Seib told the Daily yesterday that he believed the man convicted of Cheree’s rape and killing, Bevan Meninga, should never be released from prison.
Mr Seib spoke for the first time about his deep feeling of regret after going home early that night rather than staying around to make sure his new friend was safe.
He said he has battled to suppress his deep guilt for more than two decades.
His emotional problems erupted in stress and mental difficulties last year.
He decided to finally speak publicly about that horrific time in his life after reading reports that Meninga, who was jailed for life over the murder, may be released on parole – possibly as soon as today.
“I was talking to a girl who was brutally murdered an hour later,” Mr Seib said about that night in Mooloolaba.
“It has affected me my entire life.
“She was a lovely person, me and her got on like a house on fire, and over the years this has mentally stuffed me up.”
Mr Seib was 22 and out on the town when he met Cheree.
They chatted, laughed, he bought her drinks, they had a great time.
They even talked about his girlfriend, who Cheree had wanted to meet.
“We made plans to catch up after that night, but we never had the chance.
“I just want to say what a wonderful person she was.
“She’ll always be in my heart to the day I die.”
Cheree’s mutilated body was found two days later in dense parkland at Alexandra Headland.
Mr Seib, now 46, said he regrets leaving early that fateful night.
He believes he should have ensured his new friend’s safety before he left.
“I blamed myself,” he said of the death.
“When I left, I turned around to see her and I saw she was with him and he would look after her.
“I put my trust in him.”
“(I should have asked), ‘Are you right? Do you need a lift home?’
“She was a nice, lovely, happy-go-lucky woman and for someone to do that to her was horrific.”
Mr Seib, a prawn fisherman, is adamant that Meninga should remain behind bars for the murder.
“He got a life sentence, doesn’t that mean life?”
“It’s about time they stopped all this.
“People who murder people should get what they were sentenced.”
He also advised anyone who was struggling with deep guilt or anxiety to seek help soon from a doctor.
“It’ll do (them) a world of good to speak to someone about it.”