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Outback murder mystery ten years on - Andrew 'Wilbur' Williamson
From SA Police News November 11
A decade has passed since someone brutally assaulted Coober Pedy resident Andrew 'Wilbur' Williamson
in his Tupper Close dugout and left him to die, but police have never stopped the hunt for his killer.
This week the Major Crime Investigation Branch has issued a renewed appeal for information through
Crime Stoppers, with Mr Williamson's older brother, Robert, also asking anyone with information about the callous
murder of his sibling to come forward.
A $200,000 reward has been offered by the State Government for information which leads to a conviction in the 2003 case.
Robert described his brother as a "quite a well-known character around Coober Pedy."
"Our family has obviously been devastated by this. If anyone came forward with information we would be very appreciative -
it would mean everything to us."
Mr Williamson, who would have been unable to defend himself due to a medical condition, was robbed of some distinctive
jewellery, cash and some gold nuggets.
The items included:
A 14ct yellow gold ring (pictured), which had a natural nugget – streaked with natural quartz and weighing 67g - set into it.
The ring was at least a large size 'Z' and was created to look like a massive natural nugget and has '585' engraved on the inside
(referring to the 14ct gold).
Two natural gold nugget pendants on a gold fob watch chain worn by Mr Williamson as a necklace (pictured).
One of the nugget pendants had the look of a crossed legged Buddha, was about 3 cm high and 2 cm wide weighing in the vicinity of 20 grams.
Investigators also believe Mr Williamson, 41, was in possession of up to 30 ounces of natural gold nuggets.
"Mr Williamson's family has not stopped grieving for the way in which he died, and Major Crime have not stopped
looking for his killer," Detective Brevet Sergeant Bob Sharpe said.
"Someone out there may be struggling with their conscience after a decade of keeping what they know a secret.
"No one deserves to die in this manner."
No matter how small the piece of information, it may be a vital clue or a piece of the puzzle.
New SA death bill: loopholes you could drive a hearse through
“Last week SA Independent MP Bob Such introduced his Ending Life with Dignity (2)
Bill 2013 – his ninth euthanasia bill since 2000, and his second try this year,”
FamilyVoice SA state officer David d’Lima said today.
“Sadly, even though Dr Such claims that his November bill is tighter than his April
version (which he had claimed was as tight as anyone could get), it still has
huge loopholes you could drive a hearse through.”
David d’Lima said he is concerned that the new bill is likely to be debated and
possibly voted on next week – 14 November – before MPs and other bodies such as
the Law Society, AMA, palliative carers and the insurance industry have had
time to trawl through its 25 pages and determine its full implications.
“We are alerting MPs to some glaring deficiencies we have noted,” David d’Lima
said. “The April bill required two medical practitioners acting
independently to personally examine the person seeking euthanasia. The
November bill no longer requires the doctors to act independently. They
could be part of the same medical practice. The second doctor may feel
under subtle pressure to agree with the first doctor’s diagnosis. Dr
Nitschke could set up a death clinic with a partner and the two could work
“Key loopholes in the April bill remain unchanged. ‘Terminal illness’ could
include conditions like asthma, diabetes, obesity and so on. There is no requirement
in the November bill for the condition to cause imminent death: a person just
diagnosed with MS could qualify for euthanasia, even though natural death may
be 30 years away. There is no requirement for the person to have
treatment – he or she can simply say any treatment or pain relief is
unacceptable and demand a lethal dose of drugs. There is no absolute
requirement for a consultation with a psychiatrist to assess possible
depression, even though depression is often a trigger for euthanasia requests.”
David d’Lima said the second bill increases penalties for non-compliance – but
while loopholes remain, mere penalty increases cannot provide additional
“The bill again requires the death certificate to falsely state that death was
caused by a medical condition, not suicide or homicide – allowing the rorting
of life insurance provisions. Clause 27 includes the withdrawal of
treatment (eg life support) as a means of providing euthanasia, even though
such withdrawal can be part of good clinical practice. Including it in
the bill could mean that palliative care doctors would have to satisfy the
bill’s many onerous provisions, merely to allow a patient to die naturally.
“There are a number of drafting errors as well. This bill was prepared in haste,
and it shows. We are urging SA MPs to reject it at the second reading,”
David d’Lima said.
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