The Chronicle report
The Chronicle report

Police claim teen's neighbour lied

A FORMER neighbour of murdered Toowoomba teenager Annette Mason appeared in a Brisbane court yesterday charged with perjury.

Gold Coast woman Karen Leslie Symonds, 44, is believed to have lived a few doors from the house shared by Annette and three other young women on Anzac Avenue at the time of the murder.

The 15-year-old’s body was found in her bed at 131 Anzac Avenue on November 19, 1989.

She had been bludgeoned with a piece of wood and had sustained a number of head wounds.

Annette was last seen alive at 3.30am that day when she arrived home alone in a taxi after a night out in Toowoomba’s CBD.

Despite 20 years of police investigations and a 1991 coroner’s inquest, the murder remains unsolved.

However, the case was back in the headlines yesterday after police arrested Symonds at the weekend on a charge of perjury.

Symonds is believed to have been friendly with the girls who shared 131 Anzac Avenue at the time of the murder.

She appeared briefly before Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday and was granted bail to appear again in the same court for mention on May 10.

She is charged with perjury over false evidence given under oath at a police hearing on February 19, 1999, 10 years after Annette was murdered.

She was not required to enter any plea to the charge.

Annette’s father Andrew Mason yesterday told The Chronicle that the arrest gave him hope.

“Hopefully we are getting closer to the real truth,” Mr Mason said.

“Justice will be done.”

Detectives from the Homicide Investigation Group were now focusing on events leading up to and immediately after the murder.

Of particular interest was a shoe that police now believe may have been lost by the offender.

A $250,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murder case is still on offer.

Anyone with relevant information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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