Family of Wedderburn murder victims speak of relief as appeal thrown out of court

Mary Lockhart and Greg Holmes.

Mary Lockhart and Greg Holmes.

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FAMILY and friends of Greg Holmes, Mary Lockhart and Peter Lockhart have spoken of the overwhelming relief after murderer Ian Jamieson’s appeal was thrown out of court.

Jamieson was unsuccessful in attempts to appeal his conviction for three counts of murder at Wedderburn in 2014.

Maree St Clair – the sister of Greg, and daughter of Mary – said there was an overwhelming sense of relief when the judges announced their decision.

“That sense of relief was the biggest part of today,” she said.

Peter Lockhart.

Peter Lockhart.

Jamieson claimed he was not of sound mind when he pleaded guilty to the murders, and he should have been able to run his self-defence argument, but judges found there was no miscarriage of justice.

The judges described aspects of the appeal as “puzzling” and found Jamieson was of sound mind when he initially pleaded guilty to the crime. Jamieson was later unable to change his plea.

Ms St Clair said they could now focus on the joy their loved ones brought to their lives.

“We just want them to be remembered for the people they were and what they meant for us, not for how they died,” she said.

“We can move on now. We’ll never forget them.

“They always come up in conversation, and we want that to continue. Only instead of it being about how they died and the court appearances, it will instead about how much they meant to us.

“Hopefully this is the end.”

Greg served in Afghanistan and Iraq as an armourer and was an active member of the Wedderburn-Korong Vale RSL.

Mary was remembered as a loving mother, known for her beautiful singing and food.

Peter was the president of the Wedderburn Historical Engine and Machinery Society.

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