The murder of Mersina Halvagis at the Fawkner Cemetery in 1997 was a haunting event. It was a senseless act of brutality. I remember seeing on a television newscast the anguish of her father Mr. George Halvagis after the murder. His obvious pain sent a message to every father who was watching. Mr Halvagis still visits his daughter's grave every day. It is a unending, loss for him and the whole Halvagis family.
Finally, yesterday, after 10 years, mutiple murder Peter Dupas was convicted of the murder. It will hopefully give some closure to the family to these tragic events.
Central to the verdict was the sworn testimony of convicted drug trafficer, Andrew Fraser, who was in jail with Dupas and who recalled in court conversations he had with Dupas. Fraser is eligible for a $1 million reward for helping to secure the conviction and has already applied for the reward. The jury who convicted Dupas knew that he had been convicted for the murders of Nicole Patterson in 2000 and Margaret Maher in 2004. The judge in the case told jurors to ignore past convictions.
Dupas is a terrible man who deserves no sympathy and the Halvagis family deserve compassion and, by any reasonable standard, need closure.