Amber Michelle HAIGH
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Amber Michelle HAIGH
Amber Haigh was last seen at Campbelltown Railway Station,
Sydney where she was dropped off by relatives at
8.30pm on 5 June 2002. Amber was to attend Mt Druitt Hospital to visit her
father, but has not been seen since. There are grave fears for Amber's
safety and welfare.
Reported missing to: Young Police Station.
Reward of $100,000 to solve
disappearance of Amber Haigh
A $100,000 reward is on offer to solve the mysterious disappearance and
suspected death of 19 year old Amber Haigh in 2002.
It is hoped the reward will prompt someone to come forward with new
Ms Haigh was reported missing on 19 June, 2002 by a
married couple who she had been living with in the rural town of Kingsvale
in southern NSW.
The couple told police that they dropped Ms Haigh off at
the Campbelltown railway station on 5 June, 2002 and never heard from her
Police believe that Ms Haigh met with foul play, but they have been
unable to find enough evidence to prosecute anyone over her dissappearance.
Despite extensive searches of the Kingsvale area, she is yet to be
Someone within the tight-knit community of Kingsvale could hold the
key to solving the mysterious disappearance.
The smallest piece of information may allow police to close this case.
Strike Force Villamar was set up to investigate the case, but
police say they have exhausted all avenues of enquiry.
There are still many unanswered questions in the Amber Haigh case and
it is only with help from the public that police can expect a breakthrough.
Do you have information that can help police with this case?
Any information you have about this is worth giving to police, no
matter how small or insignificant it may seem.
You can provide information to police via any of the methods
Any information provided will be treated in the strictest
Your help may give police the clue they need to close this case
and provide some comfort for the families of victims.
Renewed appeal to locate missing woman - Campbelltown 3 August
Police from Cootamundra Local Area Command have renewed their appeal to the
public in trying to locate a woman who went missing at Campbelltown in 2002.
In conjunction with National Missing Persons Week, police are investigating the
disappearance of Amber Michelle Haigh, who was 19-years-old when she went
missing from Campbelltown Railway Station on 5 June 2002.
Ms Haigh is described as being 160cm, thin build, with brown shoulder-length
hair and green/hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a green jumper, dark
tracksuit pants and joggers. She was also carrying a bag with clothes in it.
Anyone who has any information in relation to Ms Haighs location is urged to
contact Young Police on 02 6382 8199 or Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Monday, 2 August 2004
It is National Missing Persons Week and police are hoping to gather any clues
for the families of about 9,000 people who go missing every year across NSW.
There are many cases continuing to baffle police locally. Amber Haigh is
described as thin, with brown hair and green-hazel eyes. Anyone with information
should contact Young police.
Police fear for missing woman
Detectives at Young, in central southern NSW, have escalated their enquiries
into the disappearance of a local woman. Police have been told Amber Haigh was
dropped off at Campbelltown Railway Station on the night of Friday, June 5, but
she has not been seen since. Detective Sergeant Gae Crea says Strike Force
Villimar is now trying to locate people of interest in the Young area, around
Campbelltown and around Tahmoor near Picton.
Murder accused granted bail
12 Dec, 2003 08:23 AM - Cowra Guardian
A Harden man accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend a decade
ago was released on bail at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday after
reinvestigations resulted in a fresh murder charge.
Forty-three-year-old Robert Samuel Geeves of Huntleigh Rd, Harden was
first charged with murder after Janelle Goodwin received a fatal gun
shot wound to the head on June 20, 1993 at his property near Wombat.
He was discharged at the committal hearing stage in 1993, however
a police reinvestigation occurred in which new evidence from experts and
witnesses came to light.
At 11.42am Wednesday morning Geeves attended the Young Police
Station and was arrested in relation to the death.
At court that afternoon police prosecutor Sergeant Mitchell
Croyston opposed bail, citing the seriousness of the charge and the
strength of new evidence by two experts regarding human movement and
New evidence from a man and Geeve's son regarding the couple's
relationship was also mentioned by Sgt Croyston, who added there were
fears for the safety of the witnesses if Geeves was released.
He said a threat towards the son had been recorded by police on a
listening device during investigations into the disappearance of
19-year-old Amber Haigh, who went missing in June last year.
Defence solicitor Geoff Casey told the court there was no dispute
that in 1993, the victim had died as a result of a gunshot wound.
The "violent interludes" between the couple had been made
abundantly clear from the start, Mr Casey said.
Geeves had continued to live in Harden since the death and had
since remarried and bought land there; "all of his roots are in that
The last time Geeves had seen Ms Haigh was when he and his wife
had dropped her off at the Campbelltown Railway Station, while the
threats towards his son had been in a completely different situation and
context, Mr Casey said.
He concluded by stating that Geeves had been tested and had chosen
to "stand and fight" rather than leave the area and avoid the charge.
Sgt Croyston then added that the Director of Public Prosecutions,
after reviewing the new evidence, had "directed, not recommended" that
Geeves be charged with the death.
Magistrate Phillip Moon described the matter as "extraordinary"
with the issue resurrected after Geeves had been discharged a decade
He noted that Geeves had community ties and that the case was
circumstantial with no eyewitnesses, choosing to grant Geeves bail
following $5000 surety with an associate of Geeves also required to put
forward the same amount.
The case has been adjourned to Young Local Court on January 20.
$100,000 reward for info on Amber Haigh
August 18, 2007 - 11:44AM - The Age
NSW police are hoping a $100,000 reward will help solve a
five-year-old mystery surrounding the disappearance and suspected death of a
NSW Police Minister David Campbell said the reward could lead to finding
or solving the case surrounding Amber Haigh who disappeared when she was 19.
"$100,000 is on offer to anyone who provides information that leads to the
arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the suspected
death of Ms Haigh," Mr Campbell said.
"Police believe that Ms Haigh met with foul play, but they have been
unable to find enough evidence to prosecute anyone over her disappearance."
A married couple who lived with Ms Haigh in Kingsvale, southern NSW,
reported her missing on June 19, 2002.
They had dropped her off at Campbelltown railway station in Sydney's west
on June 5, 2002, but never heard from her again.
Mr Campbell said despite extensive investigations police were unable to
uncover any clues about her disappearance.
"There are still many unanswered questions in the Amber Haigh case and it
is only with help from the public that police can expect a breakthrough," he
Police up-beat about solving Amber Haigh case
Police say they are still hopeful that a $100,000 reward
will help solve a five-year-old possible homicide case in southern New South
Wales despite no new local leads.
It has been more than two weeks since NSW Police Minister David Campbell
announced the reward for information that could help solve the mystery of
19-year-old Amber Haigh's disappearance in 2002.
Inspector Dean Smith of Cootamundra police says there has been no local
responses to the reward, but he is still hopeful.
"We haven't been overwhelmed by responses which is disappointing by our
point of view, but if we can keep this investigation, or this missing person
case out there, then we're hopeful that people will still contact us," he said.
From the land of fear, loss and dark secrets
Welcome to Harden, a shire shrouded in mystery. One woman is dead, another
missing, and somehow they are linked, writes Eamonn Duff.
|Author: Eamonn Duff email@example.com
||Publication: Sun Herald
Scarecrows stalk the main street, false eyes vacantly scanning this
middle-of-nowhere town. They prop against power poles, signposts, almost
anything in Harden that stands still long enough.
As a symbolic connection to the local spring-time show, the scarecrows are
silent sentinels for the town and all within. Old-timers assure they are
temporary. Something to do with the children.
An oddity, perhaps, but trivial in a country town where unanswered
questions hang like dark clouds.
One woman is dead and one woman is missing.
Something bad - something awful - has happened here.
Even the police are predicting "a story to unfold like no other".
The story involves Janelle Goodwin, a pregnant 29-year-old who was shot in
Another central character is orchard worker Robert Geeves, who admits
dumping her naked body in a wheelbarrow.
Plot twists and turns bring us to teenager Amber Haigh who, like so many
others, was lured to this pocket of south-west NSW by the promise of work as a
fruit picker. It was her first stint away from mother Ros and their Sydney home.
She made the 350-kilometre trek to stay with her great aunt at Kingsvale, a
village on the fringes of Harden shire.
Concern nagged at her mum.
Amber was 17 years old but, developmentally delayed; she viewed life
through the gaze of a prepubescent. Although she could manage day-to-day tasks,
in her mother's words, she was vulnerable and easily led.
Amber never grew up.
"I always worried for my daughter's well-being," Ros explains. "When she
left, I was comforted by the fact that she was able to stay with an aunty ... I
felt safer knowing that."
No one in the family feels safe any more. Not in Harden, not anywhere. Not
since Amber disappeared from the shire seven years ago, leaving behind her baby
son and a litany of loss.
"I feel helpless, frustrated, angry, hurt and upset because I think
someone has taken my daughter away," says Ros, who asks for her surname and
suburb to be withheld.
What she would give for a full night's sleep. "I am constantly thinking
about Amber. Every day it goes over and over in my head.
I always ask why."
Amber never knew Janelle Goodwin. They met their fates almost a decade
apart, but they do have place and one person in common - the bed of Harden shire
orchard worker Robert Geeves.
Ms Goodwin was first. At the age of 29, and pregnant to Mr Geeves, her
body was discovered in a barrow beneath a tarp inside a shearing shed behind his
Kingsvale farmhouse on June 21, 1993.
She was naked, tied from ankles to throat, wrapped in bed sheets with a
shopping bag over her head. She had been shot through the nose at close range
with a .22 rifle.
Police were called a day after the shooting. Mr Geeves confessed to
putting her body in the shed. They had been drinking. They argued, then
struggled. The gun went off. He panicked. He cleaned the scene.
It was a terrible accident.
Mr Geeves was charged with murder, pleading not guilty. A magistrate
discharged him in Cootamundra Local Court due to insufficient evidence. The
ruling meant the case could be prosecuted in the future.
And it was. Police reapplied the heat after Mr Geeves and wife Anne
contacted police on June 19, 2002, to report that Amber Haigh - another of his
live-in lovers - had vanished in the night.
The resurrected investigation led to Mr Geeves being tried in the NSW
Supreme Court over Ms Goodwin's death. Prosecutors were confident: they had
ballistics advice and fresh witness statements. The trial took more than three
years. Mr Geeves was found not guilty of murder. The jury members agreed: it was
a terrible accident.
Ms Goodwin's death was not the first time Mr Geeves, now 49, had been
acquitted of serious charges.
In 1986, two 13-year-old girls from nearby Young failed to return home
from school. They were missing for more than a fortnight.
When they finally resurfaced, one filed a police statement alleging she
had been kept prisoner in a wheat silo and was sexually assaulted by Mr Geeves.
The other teenager contradicted the claims.
Again, he was cleared.
Mr Geeves maintains his innocence in all matters, and The Sun-Herald does
not suggest otherwise.
We arrive in Harden on a steaming day full of small, sticky flies.
Driving through the scarecrow honour guard, we run head-first into another
Stephen King-style moment: giant spiders have invaded the town's only motel.
They are monsters, like tennis balls even in curls of death, and we're told that
no one, including the local pest control man, have seen their kind before.
Admittedly, as we check in, it is tempting to chase riddles of spiders and
scarecrows, but somewhere within the shire boundaries are clues to a far more
"We believe something bad has happened to Amber Haigh," says local area
police commander Keith Price, appealing for any assistance that may lead to a
breakthrough. "Someone in this community has information that can end this once
and for all."
About 3500 live in Harden shire, although the population swells
considerably in this corner of the "Golden Triangle" - so called due to its
favourable conditions for growing wheat - from October to December. That's when
students, backpackers and other transients flock to the harvest. (A cherry
grower in Young this season fielded 5000 inquiries from potential pickers.)
The town of Harden itself is a twin, joined at the hyphenated hip to
bordering Murrumburrah, settled in the 1850s.
One face of that twin shines with the rural charm of a bygone era.
A private museum salutes the birth of the Australian Light Horse while the
historical society hails glory days of gold rushes, faster trains and bumper
crops. The second-hand bookshop boasts almost as many titles as the council does
ratepayers. Imposing churches from three denominations offer a reminder why it
could have been confused with God's country. A new medical centre and nursing
home point to a forgiving future.
But turn the other cheek, and this shire is masked in shadow.
Beyond isolation, drought and the desperation of such a combination,
there's an unhealthy mix of the unknown, unbelievable and uncertain. The
community's collective expression contorts whenever someone, usually an
outsider, mentions Amber Haigh or Janelle Goodwin. What once was the talk of the
town is now whispered behind hands.
"We wondered when the big media would finally arrive," one businessman
tells us. "We don't want our names mentioned but we want people to hear what has
happened around here."
Big media will follow in droves when an inquest - to be announced tomorrow
- is held next year into Amber's disappearance. They will focus on her
The Geeveses, described as her "carers" in early reports, told police they
had dropped her at Campbelltown railway station at 8.30 one winter night, having
driven about four hours from the shire.
They said Amber wanted to make a surprise visit to her critically ill
father in Mount Druitt Hospital. She left her son Royce with them, farewelling
the five-month-old with a kiss and a hug.
The couple went to the police when she failed to return home after a
fortnight. They appealed publicly for help finding her.
"Amber, come home, Roycey needs you," Mr Geeves said at the time. "He's
growing at the moment - what you miss today you don't get back tomorrow."
Police set up a strike force. They searched the ramshackle weatherboard
house where she had been living with the Geeveses. They also checked abandoned
mineshafts littering the 160-hectare property. Nothing was found. Even a
$100,000 reward for information yielded nought.
But the extra police attention did make Harden more protective of its own,
and others. Regulars at the town's Commercial Hotel tell of how patrons pulled
on the machismo one evening when someone they no longer trusted tried chatting
up a barmaid: "All the guys in the bar stopped what they were doing and stood to
attention with their chests all puffed out."
The troublemaker hightailed it.
Amber has not touched her bank accounts since she went missing. She has
never contacted relatives or friends. Not her parents. Not her baby boy.
Turns out Amber had also fallen pregnant to Mr Geeves. Royce was his son,
although the boy is now in the custody of Amber's relatives.
We approached the Geeveses at their property on what would have been her
27th birthday. Amber, if she was around, would have wanted to blow out the
candles on her favourite cake: sponge with jam and icing.
At least that's the sort of cake her aunt used to make before the girl
struck up a relationship with the older couple down the road.
Mr Geeves acknowledged the mystery of Amber's disappearance still had an
effect on him. "Of course it does, but I have nothing to say." His wife Anne
added: "We'd love to know what happened."
So too would her long-suffering family, the authorities and the good folk
of Harden who, like the name suggests, are a resilient lot.
Younger sister Melissa thinks about her every day. "I miss and love her so
much. She will be in my heart forever ... I was a cheeky kid but Amber would
always say: 'Melissa,
I love you no matter what'."
Everyone is steeling themselves for this inquest. The proceedings promise
rage and resentment. Fingers crossed, relief too.
Mr Geeves and his wife will take legal advice before deciding to give
While they are deciding, Harden locals recommend we chat to a youngish
lady in town about him. She tells us: "He's a good man ... what's it got to do
The inquest aims to determine what it has to do with anyone.
Amber's mother hopes for justice. She wants to make sure another young
life is not wasted: "We do not want to see another family grieve a loss such as
Inquest to be held into Haigh case
An inquest into the disappearance of a woman who was living
near Young, in south-west New South Wales, is to be held almost eight years
after she vanished.
Nineteen-year-old mother Amber Michelle Haigh was last seen in June 2002
at Sydney's Campbelltown railway station.
Two weeks later she was reported missing by a couple she had been living
with on a farm at Kingsvale, between Young and Harden.
Despite an eight-year investigation and a $100,000 reward for information,
police have few leads.
They believe she has met with foul play.
An inquest into Ms Haigh's disappearance and possible murder will be held
on March 5 in the Glebe Coroners Court in Sydney.
It is set down for one day before magistrate Scott Mitchell.
Police still investigating Haigh disappearance
Police say they have not given up solving the disappearance
of Amber Haigh, 19, from the Young district.
Ms Haigh's son, five months old at the time of her disappearance, has been
cared for by relatives since June 2002 when his mother was last seen at the
Campbelltown railway station.
The case was mentioned in the Glebe Coroner's Court on Friday and was
adjourned for another mention late next month.
Inspector Dave Cockram from the Cootamundra local area command says the
inquest into the Kingsvale woman's disappearance is not expected in the
"I don't think so, even after this extended period of time we receive
information and we're acting on that," Inspector Cockram said.
"We still have to make certain our inquiries are finalised before the
matter ends up in the coroner's court."
Inspector Cockram says a big reward is still in place for information that
finds Ms Haigh.
"The Police Minister back in 2007 issued a $100,000 reward for anyone that
can provide information to the police that leads to the conviction of the person
that was responsible for Amber's disappearance," he said.
"So I can only reinforce that. Please, if anyone has any information in
relation to this matter, please give me a call."
Fears of foul play for Amber Haigh
THE inquest into the disappearance of missing local girl Amber
Michelle Haigh was heard in Glebe’s Coroners Court last Friday.
Cootamundra Local Area Command, crime co-ordinator Sergeant David
Cockram said police applied for adjournment for a further four to six
weeks to allow for the investigation to continue.
“This matter is still under investigation, with two Detectives
full time on this matter, one being myself and another from Young,”
Sergeant Cockram said.
“Police remind members of the community there is a $100,000 reward
for information leading to the conviction of persons involved in Amber's
“Anyone with information can contact me directly on 6942 0025 or
Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” he said.
Miss Haigh was last seen on June 5, 2002 in Campbelltown, Sydney.
The then 19-year-old was about 160 centimetres tall, had a fair
complexion and was a thin build with green/hazel eyes.
Ms Haigh was reported missing on June 19, 2002 by a married couple
who she had been living with in Kingsvale.
The couple told police that they dropped Ms Haigh off at the
Campbelltown railway station on June 5, where they never heard from her
Police believe that Ms Haigh met with foul play, but they have
been unable to find enough evidence to prosecute anyone over her
Despite extensive searches of the Kingsvale area, she is yet to be
found but police believe someone within the tight-knit community of
Kingsvale could hold the key to solving the mysterious disappearance.
The smallest piece of information may allow police to close this
Strike Force Villamar was set up to investigate the case, but
police say they have exhausted all avenues of enquiry.
There are still many unanswered questions in the Amber Haigh case
and it is only with help from the public that police can expect a
Date set for Amber Haigh inquest
An inquest into the disappearance of a Young district
teenager is scheduled to start almost nine years to the day after she was
Amber Michelle Haigh, 19, from Kingsvale, had been staying with a couple
in Sydney who reported her disappearance on June 19, 2002.
An inquest has been set down for five days at Parramatta starting on June
20 next year before deputy state coroner Scott Mitchell.
Local police have said they have provided details of Ms Haigh's missing
person case to Strikeforce Hixson which is investigating the discovery of bones
in the Belanglo State Forest.
The matter is to be mentioned in the Coroner's Court next month.
Police hope inquest will further Amber Haigh case
Posted - ABC
A 9000 page brief will be presented to a coroner to next
week to investigate the disappearance of a Kingsvale woman.
At least one officer from the Cootamundra Local Area Command has been
attached to the missing person case, since 19 year old Amber Haigh was last
reported seen at the Cambelltown Train Station in Sydney in 2002.
The Command's Crime Co-Ordinator David Cockram will attend the five day
hearing at the Parramatta Coroner's Court next week.
He said the brief of evidence collected over the last eight years is
"We've obtained over 100 statements from individuals," he said.
"We've made around 800 separate inquiries into various things.
"We had an 18 volume brief of evidence before the state coroner a couple
of years ago before this inquest.
"We've really left no stone unturned.
"I'd suggest it would be somewhere between 8000 - 9000 pages, I suppose."
There's hope fresh evidence about the disappearance of Amber Haigh, could
result in the case being directed to the DPP.
Sargeant Cockram said the witness list is yet to be finalised, but will
include the father of Ms Haigh's son, Robert Geeves.
"We're hoping that we could perhaps raise further evidence or information
into what happened to Amber, as opposed to what's literally contained in the
brief," he said.
"Secondary to that, there's an opportunity if the corner believes that a
person known to the inquiry has had something to do with the disappearance of
Amber, that he can refer the matter to the DPP for analysis of the brief."
THE body of 19-year-old Amber Haigh was buried under a lemon
tree somewhere in Kingsvale in southern NSW after she was murdered by
her 40-year-old lover in June 2002, an inquest has heard.
Cindy Brown yesterday told Parramatta Local Court her nephew, Joel
McCorkindale, had told her of rumours that Robert Geeves disposed of the
woman's body only six months after she gave birth to his child.
Ms Brown also told the court Haigh confided in her and said she was
"scared" of Mr Geeves in the months before her disappearance after he "tied
her up with handcuffs and filmed himself having sex with her".
Mr Geeves lived with the teenager, who was intellectually impaired,
and his wife, Anne, who approved of the union, in a farmhouse near Young, a
small town in southern NSW.
Mr and Mrs Geeves reported Haigh missing on June 19, 2002, saying they
had dropped her off at Campbelltown railway station in Sydney's southwest
earlier that month. She has not been seen since.
It is the belief of the Haigh family and the police that the Geeveses
used Haigh as a surrogate mother.
Paul Harding, who was Haigh's third cousin and ex-lover, told the
court Mr Geeves "often had sex" with Haigh, and made a recording of it
before watching the footage with his wife.
Mr Harding also said the conditions his cousin lived in on the farm
were appalling and the Geeveses treated her badly.
"They wouldn't let her out of the house," Mr Harding said.
"She said that he had video cameras on her. When they finished, him
and Anne used to watch the video."
Mr Harding said he had also impregnated Haigh but the pregnancy had
His mother, Jacqueline Cash, earlier told the court that Haigh was
scared of Mr Geeves and
his wife. "They were very nasty to her; she was very scared of them,"
said Ms Cash, who added that Haigh had told her she thought the couple would
Haigh's uncle, Michael Haigh, told the court she always "had a cheeky
smile on her face", and was a "caring, loving little girl turning into a
nice young lady".
The inquest before Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell continues this
On Monday, the court was told Mr Geeves had been acquitted of the
murder of another girlfriend.
Additional reporting: AAP
Missing woman 'feared baby's father'
A TEENAGER was scared of the married man who fathered her baby, an
inquest into her presumed death has heard.
Born with a mild intellectual disability, Amber Haigh became a
ward of the state at 12, when her mother abandoned her.
Her father was a volatile alcoholic who had served time in jail.
The Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell was told Ms Haigh formed a
troubled relationship with Robert Geeves, an older married man, while
living in the southern NSW town of Young.
She gave birth to a baby boy in January 2002, when she was 19, and
vanished five months later.
''She did say she was a bit scared of Robert and didn't want to
have a baby with him,'' Ms Haigh's third cousin, Paul Harding, told the
inquest at Parramatta Local Court yesterday.
Mr Harding said Mr Geeves's wife, Anne, knew about the
relationship and was unable to have any more children. ''She wanted the
baby and they wanted to get rid of the mum. Amber actually told me
that,'' Mr Harding said.
''Amber told me Anne couldn't have any more babies.''
He also described the way in which Mr Geeves videotaped himself
having sex with Ms Haigh, before showing his wife.
''They wouldn't let her out of the house,'' Mr Harding said.
''She said that he had video cameras on her. When they finished,
him and Anne used to watch the video. She told me a couple of weeks
after the baby was born.'' The inquest also heard Amber became pregnant
at age 17 while in a relationship with Mr Harding but it was terminated.
His girlfriend, Cindy Brown, who lived in the same block of flats
as Ms Haigh, said her nephew, Joel McCorkindale, had told her about
rumours Mr Geeves had killed Ms Haigh and buried her under a lemon tree
at Kingsvale in southern NSW.
Another resident in the unit complex, Leon Henry, said Mr Geeves
often tied Ms Haigh's hands together during sex.
''Amber came and said she didn't want anything to do with
Robert,'' he said. ''She was going to … get her locks changed.''
Mr and Mrs Geeves reported Ms Haigh missing on June 19, 2002,
saying they had dropped her off at Campbelltown railway station earlier
The hearing continues today.
Amber not buried in vineyard, inquest told
Malcolm Brown - SMH
June 23, 2011
A man who gave evidence on the disappearance of teenager Amber
Haigh in southern NSW nine years ago agreed today to take police to a
vineyard where it has been reported that she might be buried.
The inquest, being conducted by Deputy State Coroner Scott
Mitchell at Parramatta Coroners Court, heard evidence that there had
been a lot of talk about the disappearance of Ms Haigh on June 5, 2002,
including a story that she had been pack raped and killed and that her
body had been buried in a vineyard at Anville.
Adam Blundell, an apiarist, agreed in evidence today that he had
been involved in drunken discussion about the disappearance and that he
had once given a description on how to get to a particular vineyard.
He said he had once worked at the vineyard and that Robert Geeves,
who had fathered Ms Haigh's child prior to her disappearance, had also
worked at the vineyard.
Peter Hamill SC, counsel assisting the coroner, asked Mr Blundell
whether he believed that Ms Haigh was buried at the vineyard.
Mr Blundell said: "No."
Ms Haigh, who was 19 when she disappeared, had lived with Mr
Geeves and his wife Anne.
According to Mr Geeves, he and his wife had dropped the girl off
at Campbelltown Station the day she disappeared to visit her sick
Ms Haigh has not been seen since.
Mr Blundell said today he was only joking when he used words
attributed to him that the girl's body had been put through a shredding
He said that Mr Geeves had used a blood and bone mixer and he also
said that Mr Geeves had also borrowed his trailer from time to time.
But he denied that he had said in conversation that a video had
been made of the girl being pack raped and he had said: "We got the
bitch, banged her on the head with a brick."
David John Williams, known as "Sheepdog", agreed that he had been
part of drunken conversation and that he had said that Amber Haigh's
body had been "in the grapevines" but he said at the time that he had
been both "drunk and stoned".
He denied saying anything in another conversation about "gangbang"
and torture of Ms Haigh or about her having been hit with a brick and
having her throat cut.
The inquiry continues.
Social workers tell of fear for pregnant teen
Malcolm Brown - SMH
June 23, 2011
SOCIAL and community health workers who dealt with teenager Amber
Haigh in the months before her disappearance had become worried about
her relationship with Robert Geeves, 22 years older than her, who had
made her pregnant, Parramatta Coroners Court heard yesterday.
Mr Geeves had appeared to be caring for her at all times he was
seen with her, driving her to appointments with community health
workers, paying the bond for her flat, managing her bank account and
getting things for the baby, born on January 21, 2002.
Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell, who had heard hearsay
evidence that she had been tied up and raped by Mr Geeves while his
wife, Anne, videoed it, said he was yet to hear actual evidence that
there were safety issues.
According to yesterday's evidence, Ms Haigh had a flat in Young,
in southern NSW, but Mr Geeves used a spare key to get in and take the
Social workers had responded by getting Ms Haigh another bassinet
and changing the locks.
A virtual battle had developed between Mr Geeves and some of the
social and health workers and, on one occasion, he had complained about
Susan Powell, a clinical nurse specialist in Child and Community Health
at Young Hospital, and her involvement in the case.
Ms Powell said her superior had told her to ''back off''.
Ms Powell said she had become concerned because MsHaigh, who had
the mind of a child, was being manipulated by Mr Geeves into letting
them have the baby. Ms Haigh had said the couple had wanted ''custody''
of the child but Ms Haigh had not known what the word meant.
''I had a fear that she would sign some papers and not understand
what she was signing,'' Ms Powell said.
Ms Haigh, 19, disappeared on June 6, 2002. According to Mr and Mrs
Geeves, they took her that day to Campbelltown station, without her
baby, to travel to Mt Druitt to visit her seriously ill father,
Geoffrey. Ms Haigh has never been seen again.
Katrina Richens, a social worker with the Young Community Health
Centre, said yesterday that Ms Haigh had told her that she wanted Mr
Geeves to be a part of the baby's life but did not have a good
relationship with him. On the other hand, Ms Haigh had thought it would
be good to have the father involved.
Jacqueline Anne Thompson, a Department of Family and Community
Services case worker, was concerned that the Geeves' home in Kingsvale,
near Young, was very isolated and that it was an ''atypical'' situation
to have the child's father, the girl herself and the wife living
The inquest resumes today.
'Heartless bastards': Amber's family still looking
Teen offered to have baby for guardian, inquest hears
Malcolm Brown - SMH
July 7, 2011
Amber Haigh 'most likely
murdered', says NSW coroner
AMBER Haigh was most likely murdered and her body was possibly
disposed of down a disused mine shaft by, a NSW coroner has found.
Robert Samuel Geeves and his wife Anne Margaret Geeves, both 51, refused
to give evidence at an inquest into Ms Haigh's death at Young Court House, in
the state's southwest.
Prior to delivering his findings today, Deputy State Coroner Scott
Mitchell lifted a statutory prohibition order, which prevented the media from
reporting on the couple's refusal to give evidence.
The couple had exercised their right to remain silent on the basis that
their evidence could incriminate them, and they told the court they did not care
if the media reported this fact.
Mr Mitchell said it was in the public interest to allow the media to
report this as there was no immediate prospect of a trial and strong community
interest in the inquest, so to leave the matter unanswered would erode public
confidence in the system and leave the community at a disadvantage.
Mr Mitchell found that Ms Haigh, 19, died as a result of homicide on or
about June 5, 2002, when the Geeveses claim they dropped her at Campbelltown
railway station in Sydney's southwest.
Five months earlier Ms Haigh had given birth to Mr Geeves's baby and
police believe the couple wanted to get rid of the teenager so they could raise
the child as their own.
There were many riddles in the case that remained unanswered, Mr Mitchell
The first of those questions was why the Geeveses spent the night at a
motel in Tahmoor on July 12, 2002.
Tahmoor is not on a route which one would normally take when traveling
between Young/Harden and Sydney, Mr Mitchell said.
It is on the edge of a rugged and mountainous state forest and there are
abandoned mines shafts in the area an plenty of opportunities for the
concealment of a body.
Adding suspicion to this trip were conversations between the Geeveses,
which were recorded on covert listening devices installed by police in their
home and cars, in which they learn that detectives knew about their Tahmoor
''What are we going to say our trip to Tahmoor was?'', Ms Geeves asks her
Later she says: ''I dont care if they got Tahmoor anyway, cause we've got
an explanation for that, if they don't like it tough, they can't stop us going
Mr Mitchell acknowledged there still wasn't enough evidence to refer the
case to the Director of Public Prosecutions and instead referred it to the
Unsolved Homicide Squad.
Outside court, Ms Haigh's mother, Rosiland Wright, said she was upset the
Geeveses' refused to give evidence and said she just wanted to know where her
daughter's body was.
'Murder or misadventure': Amber Haigh inquest
A coroner has found that missing teenager Amber Haigh
probably died from murder or misadventure, soon after she disappeared nine years
An inquest into the 19-year-old's disappearance ended this morning at
Young, in the south-west of New South Wales.
Coroner Scott Mitchell found the young mother is dead and probably died
soon after she was last seen in June 2002.
Ms Haigh had a disability and the mental age of a 10-year-old.
She had been living with Robert and Anne Geeves on their farm at Kingsvale,
The couple reported Ms Haigh missing in 2002, telling police they had
dropped her off at Sydney's Campbelltown Railway Station.
Five months earlier she had given birth to a child fathered by Mr Geeves.
In court this morning, the couple left immediately after the findings were
In his findings the coroner has described a disturbing and sometimes
forceful sexual relationship between Ms Haigh and Robert Geeves.
Yesterday his wife denied a surrogacy pact had been made between the pair
and Ms Haigh.
The coroner has recommended the case be referred to the unsolved homicide
Speaking outside court, Sergeant Dave Cockram says he would like someone
to be charged.
"The people that have done something to Amber, they need to look over both
shoulders each time they leave the house, because the matter won't sit,"
Sergeant Cockram said.