‘No body, no parole’ petition gets attention

Hayley Dodd.
Hayley Dodd.

HAYLEY Dodd’s mother, Margaret Dodd, started an online petition overnight that has already gathered hundreds of supporters.

In her petition, Mrs Dodd draws attention to laws that allow a person convicted of murder to receive parole, even if they refuse to disclose the location of their victim’s body.

“This prevents the family of the victim from gaining any closure,” Mrs Dodd wrote.

“There is a need to amend the Corrective Services Act to provide that persons convicted of murder and other offences cannot obtain parole without disclosing the location of the victim’s body.

“By making parole contingent upon the location of the body, it is hoped that this may give some closure to the victim’s family and provide incentive for prisoners to co-operate with police and other authorities.”

She hopes to change the law and prevent convicted murderers from receiving parole if they refuse to reveal the location of their victim’s body.

Less than 24 hours after going online, the petition had 391 supporters. The petition has been directed at Attorney-General Michael Mischin and Mandurah MLA David Templeman.

On October 22, the Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath approved the transfer of Francis John Wark to WA to face an allegation that he murdered Mrs Dodd’s daughter Hayley 16 years ago.

Hayley, who grew up in Mandurah, was 17 years old when she went missing near Badgingarra.

Through his lawyer, Mr Wark has defended the allegations made against him.

Mr Templeman said he was happy to support the petition.

“I think what she raises is valid and has a great deal of merit,” he said.

“I am very happy to receive the petition and present such a petition to the WA Parliament.

“There would be many in our community who would strongly support a ‘no body, no parole’ clause in our criminal legislation.”