Peter John ENRIGHT
Maureen Enright is accused of murdering her son Peter.
Police finish search for Inala boy not seen in 50 years
Police say they have not been able to find remains of a young boy not seen in
more than 50 years, who has become the subject of one of Australia’s oldest
Police have not been able to find any skeletal remains of Peter John Enright,
a little boy not seen in more than 50 years who has become the subject of
one of Australia’s oldest homicide probes.
The boy’s mother Maureen Anne Enright, 76, has been charged with her son’s
murder and has been remanded in custody.
Peter, who was autistic, has not been seen since 1968 or 1969 when he was aged
three to four.
Police last week began searching for the little boy’s remains at 35 Polaris St,
Inala, where his family have lived since 1966.
“Forensic officers examined areas of interest on the property over eight days,”
police said in a statement today.
“No skeletal remains were located.
“A 76-year-old woman was charged with murder on October 21. As the matter is
before court no further information is available at this time. Police continue
to encourage anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.”
It’s unclear if police found anything else of interest in relation to the
Police used ground-penetrating radar equipment to search the space under the
family’s house for the little boy.
Peter was the fourth of 11 children.
During an appeal for information last week, police said Peter’s siblings were
aware he was dead.
It’s understood people were told the little boy was sent to live with another
family, was given up for adoption or was put into a home.
Neighbours told The Courier-Mail they had heard family members arguing loudly at
the Polaris St home in recent months and it was understood one relative
approached police in August with information about the missing boy.
Homicide Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said police had found no proof Peter
was alive past 1968 or 1969. He was never reported missing.
Peter was born on June 17, 1965, to Michael and Maureen Enright. Michael died in
Det Insp Hansen said police had obtained records of Peter’s birth and had
trawled adoption records but found no evidence of him being adopted.
“They (the family) are quite well known, some of the neighbours have been here
for a long time too and we’ve managed to track down some people who did live in
the street and knew the Enrights, had gone to school with Enright siblings and
have made contact with us,” he said.
“If there are people out there ... who have information please contact us.”
Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000
Maureen Enright granted bail over young son's alleged murder
50 years ago
An elderly woman charged with murdering her son more than 50 years ago has been
granted bail, with a Queensland judge describing the case against her as almost
Maureen Enright, 76, was arrested in October and charged with the murder of her
son, Peter John Enright.
Police allege the boy was three or four years old at the time of his death at
Inala in either 1968 or 1969.
In the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Justice Peter Callaghan granted Ms Enright
bail, describing the crown case for murder as "at the very least, weak".
"In the face of my specific request, the DPP [Director of Public Prosecution]
cannot identify a case of murder against her," Justice Callaghan said.
"That allows me to conclude that the evidence against her is, at the very least,
"I might opine that it is not just weak but it is non-existent."
Prosecutor Mark Whitbread conceded there was no evidence about how the boy died.
"In respect of murder there is no evidence as to what mechanism caused the death
of the child," Mr Whitbread said.
"It really comes down to the child missing from a certain day and the various
versions given by Ms Enright as to where the child is that the Crown says can be
Outside court, defence barrister Andrew Bale said the genesis of the case seemed
to be "rumours and innuendos".
"I thought His Honour made some really strong observations, particularly in
relation to the complete lack of a Crown case against her for the offence of
murder," Mr Bale said.
"From our perspective we'll be maintaining the pressure that this elderly and
unwell lady has no case to answer and should be left alone."
Mr Bale said Ms Enright has not been coping well in custody, and her family was
relieved by today's decision.
"Her family are delighted that mum can come home, but there is a long road to go
yet," Mr Bale said.
"She's got a lot of hurdles to face from here on, but it's an important step
today to at least get her out so she can go back to be with family so she can
get the support and treatment she needs."
Justice Callaghan granted Ms Enright bail with conditions.
"It is not suggested that Ms Enright, who is of advanced years, is someone who
might commit further offences were she to be granted bail," Justice Callaghan
told the court.
"Whilst there is always an incentive for someone charged with murder to abscond
it is also not contended there is any realistic danger of her failing to