KASAMA Vol. 17 No. 4 / October-November-December 2003
/ Solidarity Philippines Australia Network
Steven Fraser Convicted of Murdering His 3 Children
On 30 October 2003 in the NSW Supreme Court, after 9 days of
trial, the jury took just 3 hours to find Steven Anthony
Fraser guilty of murdering his three children between 18-20
August 2001. The children - Ashley (7), Ryan (5), and Jarrod
(4) - were on a custody visit at their father's apartment in
Caringbah, Sydney where he had been living for two months
after the break-up of his marriage to their mother, Maria
The two boys were drugged and drowned; the older girl was
drugged, knocked unconscious and strangled. There were
cryptic handwritten messages on their bodies and on the
walls of the apartment. Their father was discovered in the
bath having possibly taken an overdose of sedatives.
Hearings of this case were continuously adjourned due to his
"psychological condition". He eventually admitted killing
the children but pleaded not guilty to murder because of
Submissions on sentencing were heard on 12-13 December 2003
and the court will reconvene on 13 February 2004 when Fraser
will be sentenced.
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