Broken and struggling to keep her head up, Elaine Robinson emerged from Southport Courthouse clutching her son Matthew tightly after just hearing the trial of her daughter’s alleged killer was being cancelled.
In her sights is the high rise apartment her 21 year-old daughter Breeana plunged to her death from in 2013 — the 11th floor apartment belonging to her boyfriend who was charged with her murder.
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The family has been spent the past 10 years fighting for justice for Breeana, but less than two months before her murder trial was set to begin, the Director of Public Prosecutions Philip McCarthy told them in a meeting on Monday it was all over.
“She was our beautiful daughter and sister. We miss her every day,” Robinson said tearfully outside Southport Magistrates Court.
“No one deserves to be treated like this.”
Breeana Robinson and Jayden Moorea, formerly known as Dan Shearin. Credit: 7NEWS
The trial of Breeana’s former boyfriend Dan Shearin, who now goes by the name Jayden Moorea, was scheduled to start on November 13 at Brisbane Supreme Court. It was to last two weeks.
The family had already made arrangements for travel and accommodation.
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It’s unclear, what, if anything, has changed since Moorea was charged with murder in 2021.
“The Crown has reviewed all of the admissible evidence and determined that there are no reasonable prospects of securing a conviction in this case,” the ODPP said in a statement Monday.
Robinson said the experience had been her “worst nightmare”.
“It has been 10 years of waiting to get to this point, 10 years of grief and despair,” she wrote in an email to ODPP barrister Nathan Crane.
“Every day that we wait for answers is another day without peace.
“Every year we wait for a trial is another year without peace.
“We don’t get to move on and find the peace we need until this is over.”
Breeana Robinson’s aunt Janine Mackney. Credit: 7NEWS
The death of the former Gold Coast Titans cheerleader was initially treated as a suicide until the investigation was reopened in 2017.
“This revelation underscores the profound letdown, not just by our justice system, but the shoddy police work that has plagued this case from the beginning,” Breeana’s aunty, Janine Mackney said outside court on Monday.
“I have fought for Breeana on behalf of my sister and my nephew in the belief justice would prevail for our beloved Bree.”
Despite the devastation, Mackney — who has started the Facebook page, Bree’s Army — said today’s decision would not deter them.
“We will continue to fight for justice for Breeana and for the countless others who are part of Bree’s army that are also suffering in silence,” she said.
“This is a call for action, not just for us, but for those who believe our legal system must evolve to protect the vulnerable and ensure no one else need endure the heartache we’ve done for over a decade.”
The family will apply for a copy of the brief of evidence after being told in today’s meeting they should seek their own legal counsel.
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