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NSW PENNY HILL: 19-year-old bashed and left for dead in Coolah, NSW - 8 July 1991

Discussion in 'Australia: Cold Cases' started by Scorpio, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member



    Reward of $100,000 to solve the murder of Penny Hill

    Minister for Police Michael Daley today announced that the NSW Government would offer a $100,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for the murder of 20 year old Penny Hill.

    Mr Daley said Penny was found unconscious with severe head and facial injuries around 8am on July 8th 1991, lying next to a gate near the town of Coolah in western NSW.

    "She was taken to John Hunter Hospital but died almost two weeks later, on the 21st, as a result of septicaemia and bilateral pneumonia - a result of her severe injuries," he said.

    "Penny was a young girl who was living away from home for the first time.

    "Tragically, she'd only moved to Coolah - to begin her first job as a nanny at the Black Stump Motel - just three days before her body was found," Mr Daley said.
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    Old car, new lead - Penny Hill murder case

    A TIP-OFF to police has uncovered new leads in the 22-year murder investigation of Narrabri nanny Penny Hill. The Western Region Unsolved Homicide team, based in Tamworth, on Monday examined a Datsun which they believe could be connected to the 1991 murder.

    The Datsun, which police say was originally blue, is believed to be the same car seen in the small western town of Coolah in the days after Penny’s death. Initially described as a blue Holden Commodore earlier in the investigation, police exhausted all leads on the car until a tip-off led them to believe the “Commodore” could well have been a Datsun.

    Officer-in-charge of the cold case investigation, Detective Sergeant Jason Darcy, said investigators recently tracked down the car to a Sydney address.

    “It was located in a suburb of Sydney and obviously had had a number of owners since 1991. The car we examined had been spray-painted. We were actually looking for a blue Stanza and we examined the interior of the car,” he said.

    “Someone’s come up with fresh information about the car and it’s created new leads for us. There are new lines of inquiry and we’ve identified new persons of interest out of the car.

    “We believed the car seen at the Black Stump Motel in the early hours of July 8, 1991, was reported as a dark-blue Commodore and would well have been the Datsun Stanza.”

    Detective Sergeant Darcy said the cold case was on top of the priority list for his team, which had been travelling around the country collecting about 160 DNA samples from men who stayed in and around the Coolah area before and after Penny’s death.

    Police initially hoped to collect 300 samples, but Detective Sergeant Darcy said resources had prevented police from doing so.

    Penny was 20 when she was found unconscious with severe head and facial injuries near Coolah on July 8, 1991. She was taken to John Hunter Hospital at Newcastle but never regained consciousness. She died about two weeks later.

    In 2008, the Western Region Unsolved Homicide Team started further investigations into Penny’s murder, and a second inquest last year returned an open finding.

    Detective Sergeant Darcy said information should still be reported to be police, 22 years on. “Investigators wish to speak with any person in Coolah who may have seen a dark-blue Datsun Stanza in Coolah on the weekend Penny was assaulted,” he said.

    “We believe a number of persons may not have come forward, because a different vehicle was originally reported.”

    Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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    Penny Hill: Police launch fresh appeal for clues over 1991 killing of 20-year-old nanny

    Investigators have lodged a fresh appeal for information leading to the killer of a young woman in north-western NSW almost three decades ago.

    Sunday will mark 27 years since 20-year-old Penny Hill was found, brutally bashed and clinging to life in a ditch on Cassilis Road, near Coolah, on July 8, 1991.

    She died in John Hunter hospital two weeks later. At the time police made extensive public appeals for information leading to a conviction, but were unable to solve the case.

    In 2010 the case was reopened by the Western Region Unsolved Homicide squad, which led to a Tamworth Coroner's Court inquest in 2012.

    The inquest culminated in Magistrate Freund ultimately handing back the case to investigators. A $100,000 reward is on offer for information leading to a conviction.

    'Every parent's nightmare'

    The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Sergeant Jason Darcy has renewed his appeal for information to crack the case as the anniversary of Ms Hill's death approaches.

    He says Ms Hill's family deserve closure and he is calling for anyone who has not spoken to police about the matter to come forward.

    "With the significance of that date, we're making another appeal for people in western NSW for any information that can help us close this case for the parents of Penny," he said.

    "It's any parent's nightmare, obviously [she took] her first job out of town and away from her parents, and this happens to her in only a couple of days since she left home.

    "It's a tragic story." Ms Hill's mother, Janette Hill, says her daughter's death is something she will never get over, but has learned to live with.

    "You never think that your children are going to go before you," she said. "You always think they'll be around to look after you, but that wasn't meant to be. "Hopefully somebody out there will hear our pleas for help to solve this crime. "No matter how long, you always hope they get somebody.

    "Why should they walk scot free?"

    DNA sampled across the state

    Since the case was reopened in 2010 police have travelled across the nation to obtain evidence.

    Following the inquest, investigators took DNA samples from men in Coolah, Dubbo, Orange, Lithgow and Sydney from people who were in the area at the time of Miss Hill's bashing.
    In 2013, police seized a car for forensic material amid information it was in the Coolah area on the night she was assaulted.

    Detective Sergeant Darcy says police are still pursuing several lines of inquiry in the case. "We can't do it without the help of the public and the local community, so we're making an appeal," he said.

    "There is a reward by $100,000 dollars by the government for any information that will lead to a conviction, and we ask people to take that into consideration and contact your local police station or Crime Stoppers."

    Anyone with information on the death of Penny Hill should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
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    Penny Hill murder: Police announce $1 million reward in cold case

    A $1 million reward will be offered to help solve the murder of a young woman in central west NSW nearly three decades ago. Penny Hill, 20, was found unconscious with severe head and face injuries near Coolah on July 8, 1991. She died in hospital nearly two weeks later.

    Police said detectives are re-investigating Hill's murder and a $1 million NSW government reward will be announced in acknowledgement of the 28-year anniversary.

    The reward will be offered for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for Ms Hill's murder.

    Anyone with further information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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  7. Scorpio

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    $1 Million Reward To Solve Brutal Murder Of Young Nanny

    Investigators are offering a $1 million reward to solve the cold case murder of Penny Hill, a young woman who was brutally murdered in NSW in 1991. Hill was 20-years-old when she was left in a ditch on the brink of death next to Cassilis Road outside Coolah.

    She was found with severe head and facial injuries and was rushed to Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital but died in hospital nearly two weeks later.

    This year marks the 28th anniversary of Hill's death. At the time of her death, Hill was working as a nanny for the Baigent family, owners of the Black Stump Hotel in Coolah. She had arrived in Coolah just three days earlier to take up the position.

    Despite extensive investigations and appeals to the public for information, Hill's killer was never found. Last year an initial reward of $100,000 was offered by NSW Government for information leading to a conviction for the young woman's murder.

    The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Sergeant Jason Darcy made the public appeal, saying that Hill's family deserved closure. "It's any parent's nightmare, obviously [she took] her first job out of town and away from her parents, and this happens to her in only a couple of days since she left home".

    In 2012, police reported that the forensic examination of evidence had uncovered a DNA profile of a man who is yet to be identified. Police have conducted more than 100 DNA tests throughout the state, with samples taken from suspects in Coolah, Dubbo, Orange, Lithgow and Sydney after they were confirmed to be in the area at the time of the murder.

    In 2013, NSW police sent forensic samples from a car believed to be linked to the murder to the U.S. for comprehensive testing but the results were inconclusive.

    Two coronial inquests have taken place investigating Hill's death, with one in 2012 revealing that Coolah resident Leeola Davis had woken on the night of her death to screams of "Help me, please help me" but had dismissed the sounds as a dream and went back to sleep.

    "It was very pleading, it was definitely a woman's voice," Davis said. "I turned on the lights and looked out the window and down the driveway, I stayed up for a while and I didn't hear anything else."

    Davis' husband, Stephen, who lived with his wife behind the Black Stump property, told the inquest that he had heard the click of a van door shutting and the vehicle driving back into town the same night.

    "This was very slow and a click, not a jump," Davis said. "Something in my mind said, 'that's odd'".
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    She looks so sweet in these pictures! I hope the new reward brings some leads and those leads lead to justice.
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