Kids' horror killings stunned community

By EVAN SCHWARTEN

THE man accused of the horrific murder of two Rockhampton children finally faced Rock- hampton's Supreme Court yesterday ? four years after the deaths.

Joseph Garrett Button is charged with mur- dering 13-year-old Russell Griffin and his nine-year-old sister Kimberley on October 15, 2001.

He is also charged with two counts of rape against Kim- berley.

Button remained slumped in his seat with his head hung low throughout most of yes- terday's proceedings after pleading not guilty to the four charges.

In his opening address Crown prosecutor David Mer- edith told the court police found the siblings' bodies at the bottom of a cliff in Mt Ar- cher National Park on Octo- ber 16, the day after they went missing.

Kimberley was found naked while Russell still had a noose tied around his neck.

Mr Meredith said a post- mortem concluded both chil- dren died from asphyxiation.

It appeared large rocks had been thrown at them from the top of the four-metre cliff. He said Button, who also went by the name Mully Joe, had met the children and their mother, Annette, at her friend Katherine Hopwood's house in Webber Avenue the day before the murder.

The case continues.



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