Who killed Annette? 26 years of searching for answers
RAY Anderson will wake this morning hoping this will be the day that delivers the answer to the question he first asked himself 26 years ago.
"Who killed her?"
The 65-year-old retiree's niece Annette Mason was brutally bashed in Toowoomba on November 19, 1989.
With the 26th anniversary of the murder of the popular blonde 15-year-old drawing closer, Mr Anderson and his family show no sign of tiring in their long hard fight for closure.
On Friday, the former metal worker and Annette's sister, Linda Mason, joined about 30 of their nearest and dearest in Brisbane's CBD, rallying for Queensland Attorney-General Justice Yvette D'Ath to order a coronial inquest into the murder of their precious girl.
"I never get tired of fighting," Mr Anderson said as the protesters gathered signatures from busy shoppers and workers for the petition they will give to the AG.
"We know that someone has to know something.
"We have had to carry the burden of Annette's death for 26 years, while someone out there is carrying the burden of knowing something and not coming forward.
"They must feel guilt."
Mr Anderson heard of his adored niece's death in the worst way possible - through a radio news broadcast.
"I was absolutely gutted," he said of that fateful morning.
"She was a wonderful girl, very shy but very popular - a great student.
"We all loved her."
Over the years detectives have looked at a number of suspects but they have not been able to get the evidence they need to make a case stand up in court.
What they do know is the Year 10 student was working part-time as florist when she branched out on her own not long after her mum moved to the Gold Coast.
It is believed a bouncer refused to let Annette into a local bar on the night she died.
So the teenager took a taxi home to the Anzac Ave share house she had only just moved into.
Hours later, the young woman was dead - her brutally beaten body ravaged by the extreme force of her attacker as they wielded a blunt object long after she passed out.
Two and half decades later and Annette's uncle is seething.
He is angry at the Attorney-General for not yet deciding to re-open the case and angry at the cops he believes failed his family.
"It was the police force, as far as we're concerned, that went on the wrong tangents early in the case," Mr Anderson said.
"They need to rectify the situation.
"All we can do now is try to get the police and the government to fix this situation and help us find these answers."
Handing the petition, with nearly 9000 signatures, to Ms D'Ath's office on Friday, Linda Mason said it was time for the Attorney-General to make a decision and help the family lay their ghosts to rest.
"We want to let Yvette D'Ath know that we're still fighting - that we haven't given up," Ms Mason said.
"We are still passionate about this because we deserve closure and Annette deserves to rest in peace."
Family friend Tahia Arthur and her newborn daughter Savannah were among the marchers.
"Everyone deserves justice - I'd want it for my little girl," the Brisbane resident said.
"If Ms D'Ath had kids, wouldn't she want the case re-opened?"
Ms D'Ath did not respond to APN Newsdesk's request for comment.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The petition calling on Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath to order a coronial inquest into the murder of Annette Mason can be found at http://www.change.org/p/justice-for-murdered-toowoomba-teen-annette-jane-mason.
# If you have information about Annette's murder phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.