Family of Bevan Meninga murder victim Cheree Richardson dreading imminent parole


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.

update 15/03/2016

Convicted murderer Bevan Meninga back in jail

Bevan Meninga and the front page of the Sunshine Coast Daily at the time of his conviction.
Bevan Meninga and the front page of the Sunshine Coast Daily at the time of his conviction.

CONVICTED murderer Bevan Errol Meninga is back behind bars after being charged with allegedly stealing a mobile phone.

Meninga, wearing watchhouse greens, appeared briefly on Thursday in Ipswich Magistrates Court after being charged on March 9, 2016.

Three people were in court supporting Meninga during his brief court appearance.

Sergeant Rose Molinaro told the court Meninga allegedly stole a mobile phone from a woman on March 7, 2016 outside Trade Secret in Brisbane St, West Ipswich.

She told the court Meninga, 45, was currently on parole after serving a lengthy stint behind bars for murder.

“The victim in this case is Meninga’s neighbour who he has known for more than a year,” she said.

“It is alleged he followed her Trade Secret in West Ipswich where he observed her in the car park on her mobile phone.

“It is alleged Meninga walked up to the victim’s car, leant inside, grabbed the mobile before getting into his car and driving off.”

One of Bevan Meninga's supporters outside the court
One of Bevan Meninga’s supporters outside the court

Sergeant Molinaro told the court Meninga declined to be interviewed following his arrest.

Defence lawyer Trevor Hoskin told the court Meninga would be defending the charges which he claimed were a complete fabrication.

He said he had been advised the victim was in the process of withdrawing her complaint but could not confirm to the court that was the case.

“He is a father of six and has been a model parolee,” he said.

“He went and saw police on his own volition when he learnt about the complaint against him.

“His neighbour has made some false allegations against him in the past because she wants to see him back in jail.”

Magistrate Deborah Vasta adjourned the matter until she could be satisfied the victim was withdrawing the complaint of her own free will and had not been pressured into doing so.

She adjourned the matter until March 17 when an application for bail will be made.

Meninga was remanded into custody and will appear via videolink at next week’s hearing.

Meninga spent more than two decades behind bars after being found guilty of the rape and 1991 murder of teenager Cheree Richardson.

Her body was found at Alexandra Headland on the Sunshine Coast.

Meninga was released on parole in May 2014 under strict conditions which included he not commit any criminal offences and live at an approved address in Ipswich.

Meninga looks vastly different from his only known media picture taken at the time of his arrest during the 90s.

He now has a greying, receding hairline and is sporting a shaved head and a tattoo on the right side of his neck.


 

Bevan Meninga is the brother of rugby league legend, former Queensland State of Origin coach and current Australian coach, Mal Meninga.

FLASHBACK The Daily, August 7, 1992

FLASHBACK The Daily, August 7, 1992

Kay Dibben
The Courier-Mail
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.

Family of Bevan Meninga murder victim Cheree Richardson dreading imminent parole  Kay Dibben  The Courier-Mail  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. Meninga brother set to walk free  Famous brother made prison life hell  Meninga’s parole bid for brother 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. 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.

Family of Bevan Meninga murder victim Cheree Richardson dreading imminent parole 

Bevan Meninga, 42, who has served 21 years behind bars, could be out of jail within weeks on conditional parole.

Meninga brother set to walk free

Famous brother made prison life hell

Meninga’s parole bid for brother

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

Queensland Origin coach Mal Meninga has offered to have his brother live with him if paroled.

Queensland Origin coach Mal Meninga has offered to have his brother live with him if paroled.

“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.

Mal Meninga's letter in support of his brother.

Mal Meninga’s letter in support of his brother.

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.”

 

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28 thoughts on “Family of Bevan Meninga murder victim Cheree Richardson dreading imminent parole

  1. I have had people close to this write to me recently and being so damn obsessed with high profile crimes etc I said I would check it out soon, as I knew it was an old case. I didn’t note he was possibly getting out soon!

    After reading up and reminding myself about the circumstances, I let them down leading up to parole, as far as Mal Meninga is concerned, he is dead to me, how can he stand tall supporting and offering to put this murderer in his care when he is never hardly home, to do as he pleases?

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    • Hi Robbo,
      Interestingly,Meninga is back in the slammer.The victim forced to withraw her charge which is something that has been done to many victims.
      I can hear them all now, roping her in with emotional blackmail.Some people never change. This is the proof we all needed to see.
      They think they can take anything from a life to anthing else that is not theirs.As if they have the right to and to expect to get away with it.
      These people get away with anything ex cop footballer or footballer’s ex or family kin. You and I and others don’t. We are expected to wear the full force of the law whether we are guilty or innocent.
      We see this time and again.
      Bevan Meninga will walk. He knows it you know it I know it. But you do what he did and I won’t even be able yo bail you out.
      As far as being a model parolee!? Whaa-aat?
      We, the public are not stupid.
      Stop insulting us.

      .

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  2. Its really disgusting what is happening, he murdered cheree bashing her to death just weeks after being released early from prison from bashing another woman. There is no rehabilitation for repeat offenders of this type, he is a deranged animal! He got sentence to life and gets out after only 21yrs to go live his life, Cheree never got to live her life so why should this creep. .. he ended her life brutally! So why does he think he deserves to have a life, The ugly freak does’nt deserve the air we breath. The brother “Mal” uses his pathetic football career to push and shove, they even used the system to have bevan concoct a story so he could be taken from prison to give evidence but really it was all made up lies so he and Mal could share lunch together. Its amazing the extent of lies they will go to get what he wants. We need to set example to these offenders “life is life” and the offenders remain in prison doing exactly what was ordered, Stop letting these sick creeps out to reoffend and preying on our inncent children, no wonder this crap keeps happening with a pathetic system we have in qld. Wake up for gods sake and keep this mongril locked up and throw away the key. Letting him out once already obviously wasnt good enough. Cheree would be still here if they would just kept him were he belonged in the first place.

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    • You would wonder how much rehab. has taken place would you not. Remember this psycho has not been near a woman in all this time and unless he has had some treatment I shudder what would be in his mind. neanderthal

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      • Rehabilitation lol.
        It is proven that a person can rehabilitate themselves beyond belief but that it makes no difference.
        People on parole boards and in parole offices can also be abusers with bad intentions just as Meninga and others have proven.
        There is evidence of this.
        Abusers are everywhere. In the home in the workplace in parole offices and boards in the streets and media in churches and playschools and the lowest and highest eschalons and in places where duty of care is ignored etc.
        ALL ABUSERS are capable of horrendous acts of violence as a result of one thing: their attitude and underlying intention to harm someone else whether by slander and libel, silencing someone, punching them murdering them raping them blackmailing them and so on.
        We all have to ELIMINATE the attitude and underlying desire that wants to harm others.
        I saw a mother on tv recently who outside a courthouse said she didnot want the murderer of her son harmed.
        I wish.my attititude was as good. It’s not.
        Justice also demands taking the bull by the horns and being determined and strong but that can be done without lowering ones self to the level of the bully the abuser the murderer who perpetuates violence.

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    • Yes. Amazing that he was in prison for bashing a woman got out on early release and not only bashed another woman but took it one step further and silenced her by murdering her. THEN got out on parole and is at it again.
      What is it with his hatred of women?
      What if his neighbour had not had the protection of her car?
      Where is google earth?
      Lock him up.
      Queensland has a history of football players and rellies walking. It has a history of favouring guilty and abusing innocents.
      We all know it and see it.
      Commit a crime do the time.
      Face up Meninga.
      But then I guess the victim was white as well as woman.
      I am deeply humiliated.

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  3. I totally agree, he should never be released. The victims family must be going through hell and why should they! Lock him up and throw the key away

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    • And now they know he should never have been released.
      The parole board and all its ANONYMOUS MEMBERS WHO LACK TRANSPARENCY were WRONG to release him.
      WHO WILL BE NEXT to suffer at Meninga’s hands?
      In ten years twenty years thirty?
      He couldn’t even last 2 YEARS!!!!
      WAKE UP PEOPLE.

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  4. In Victoria the Parole Board has excelled itself in being responsible for the murders of Jill Meagher and countless others even back to when that psycho Dupas was let out twice and murdered women on each occasion.
    And I curse these people on parole boards and I hope that evil comes their way for what they have done. Let us not bullshit about this if it was not for them these murders would not have happened. They have blood on their hands.
    And how does the law allow tax payers money to be spent on all these appeals they have.
    What I think is that the law does not give a rats arse about ordinary people.
    What does matter is crime against the establishment. Ronald Ryan hung so Henry Bolte could win an election in Victoria. Ned Kelly for robbing banks and standing up for his mother and sister who was raped by a police officer.
    Both of these guys are saints compared to the sex murderers that abound in todays society. All the law gives them is a slap over the wrist with a damp feather.

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    • And what about INNOCENT PEOPLE CONVICTED? Who have been bashed and raped and falsely accused by the system
      itself?
      Can you see anyone supporting them? Stopping it? Demanding accountability?
      No.
      Queensland is a law unto itself where the guilty go free esp if the guilty is black, or from a well to do family (political legal sports etc).
      Evidence goes back decades. Abusers walk or remain hidden from the public eye or go unpunished and many even get promotions! Fact.
      Victoria has always been a “clean” State so to speak always willing to stand accounted and to rectify error. To not shy away from the gravest of problems but to use them to better improve life.
      Corruption and favouritism has not been bred out of Qld. It never will be and Meninga us more evidence of this.
      It is an attitude. It will be the root of more injustice more bullying more abuses crimes and murders if people like Meninga are always allowed to abuse others and walk free.His is THE SAME ATTITUDE of the murderer of Jill Meargher.

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    • He raped her with a tree branch she died of massive internal injuries – am an ex cop I saw the crime scene photos. He was on parole for an assault on a woman at this time. He is an evil psychopath. The courier mail traded an exclusive with mal to go soft on the details – mal hero my ass!

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      • I cannot see any reason why a “Dexter” super hero could not be active in Australia to take out these scumbags for good. No more money for barristers and solicitors no more taking up breathing space on the planet. Carefully planned a group could get together and remove them from society. I suggest body disposal out at sea off the continental shelf.
        I would do it myself only I am 72. Surely there is some people ready to take on what the law will not. But if I happen to win millions in Lotto I will put bounties on the heads of these perps Veritas.

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        • Sadly, it is people like you who enact violence in your heart and mind and promote it.
          I am not saying some people should be allowed to breathe however it is not up to you or anyone else to end life.
          The real problem is inherent.
          The real problem is that violence breeds violence and it ALL STARTS IN A PERSON’S HEART AND MIND. It all starts with the DESIRE the thirst to enact violence on others whatever the form. A slap in the face a lie against someone the murder of someone…
          Violence is an attitude just like yours.
          According to you we can destroy individuals by sneaking around and doing one thing -MURDERING people.
          But it’s okay to MURDER people by general concensus?
          Ask the Jews and others about that attitude (that you also have inherited).
          No. I donot condone the acts of any abuser but IT ALL BEGINS AND ENDS WITH THE INDIVIDUAL. We have to all do an inventory of ourselves and fix our own attitudes first.
          Lock the mongrels up. NEVER EVER RELEASE THEM.

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  5. Bevan Meniga should have been executed for this disgusting act of violence he committed on this beautiful young innocent girl!
    Never to be released! Bring back Capitol punishment for these depraived scumbags as no women or child will ever be safe if he is released! Prevent him from reoffending!

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    • Would give up my day job to be on the parole board
      The gaols would blow out in numbers tho
      Why aren’t real people on these boards ? Obviously there’s no members who read the papers or these sites or have a clue about what recidivists do when released because they can’t handle the real world ? Too many recidivists re offend within months violently because they are in fixable and will never be able to live by the rules ,so offend and get sent back to the safety of gaol

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  6. I’m cherees 2nd cousin was named after this beautiful girl n I never had the chance to meet or get to know her because of that bevan mutt it’s bullshit to say the least that this demon is allowed out n mal is almost as bad who stands by someone that done something like that to such a beautiful human. Family or not if he was my brother I would have killed him when I was younger before I had kid’s I had plans to sniper him the day he was released I hope he suffers terrible things I hate him for what he did to cheree n the heart ache our family feels n the heart ache that that my aunty n uncle feel witch would be unbearable I love u cheree n we will meet 1 day in heaven r.I.p babe xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  7. Mr Seib is right and the Boards initial conclusion that Bevan Meninga would prove to be an unacceptably high risk proves to be true. It was always only a matter of time before we saw this.
    Meninga’s underlying attitude has not changed. Cheree Richardson was not only murdered. She was tortured at the hands of this callous MONSTER.
    And he is (was) walking the streets? Even an absence of ethics exists as the victim, a woman, is persuaded to withdraw her charge and then be viewed for the rest of her life as having no credibility and being a liar.
    But then this us what corruption is all about: irreversible harm, shifting focus, shifting blame. So in the end the victim is criminalised and the abuser goes free.
    This is why recidivism is high and repeated because the ones who pull the strings have no value on the rest of us.
    Abuse and bullying go hand in hand with violence.
    The system allows it.
    Abusers can no longer be allowed to get away with things.
    Meninga:face up. Stand accountable for your actions.Instead of abusing others.
    You were damned lucky to be given trust. You have breached trust: Parole Board’s and the public’s.
    Face up. Cop the penalty because if you don’t them every parolee can go on and commit crimes and not be penalised not face the consequences. And if forced to we can all demand to know why you don’t have to face the consequences and everyone else must.
    Not that we need ask.

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  8. The excuse for Meninga’s bad behaviour is that he was in prison for so long and had problems readjusting etc.
    Reality is he has huge family support.
    Others have been paroled with no family no friends no prospects of a job no money nothing and never committed a crime and never gone back. Never will. His excuse is just that a grasp at nothing. A lie.
    He had everything. He deserves nothing. A jail cell.
    As you said back on 2015 Robbo, “to do as he pleases”.
    You watch. He will get off and he will walk.

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