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Two men charged over brutal death of Lynette Daley

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Lynette Daley died of internal bleeding after being sexually assaulted. Photo: Supplied/ABC
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Two men have been charged over the death of Lynette Daley at Ten Mile Beach in northern New South Wales in January 2011.

Ms Daley, 33, died from serious injuries during a camping trip on the beach near Iluka after violent sex acts were performed on her while she was drunk.

She was found naked, bruised, and bloodied and an autopsy later found she died from blunt force genital tract trauma.

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Her family and supporters had criticised the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions for not prosecuting two men allegedly involved in her death.

Adrian Attwater was previously charged with manslaughter and Paul Maris with manslaughter accessory after the fact.

The coroner referred the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), but neither of the men were prosecuted.

Attwater and Maris, who the DPP declined to charge on two separate occasions. Photo: Supplied

Today, police confirmed a 42-year-old man was charged with manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault.

A 46-year-old was charged with accessory after the fact to manslaughter and aggravated sexual assault.

Both are due to appear in Grafton Local Court on August 2.

Four Corners investigation prompted DPP review

The case was reviewed after a Four Corners story aired last month which prompted an independent review of the DPP’s decision not to prosecute the two suspects.

Following the Four Corners story, DPP Lloyd Babb SC, last month said he had asked Philip Strickland SC and Belinda Baker to review the decision.

“Given the importance of maintaining public confidence in the administration of justice, I have taken the unusual step of seeking advice from independent counsel,” Mr Babb said in May.

“These two very experienced and highly regarded barristers from the private bar will review all the material and provide their advice to me.

“I will then proceed to make my decision and advise the public of the outcome.”

Police are expected to confirm the exact charges later tonight.

Ms Daley’s stepfather, Gordon Davies, previously said he was very grateful for the coverage of his stepdaughter’s story, which brought renewed attention to the case.

“If it wasn’t for Four Corners we would have just been swept under the [carpet] … we owe a lot to them,” he said.

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