Witnesses queried in murder appeal

A Hobart woman's appeal against a conviction for murdering her husband of 18 years on board their yacht has begun in the Supreme Court in Hobart this morning.

Last year Susan Blyth Neill-Fraser, 57, was found guilty of murdering radiation physicist Bob Chappell and sentenced to at least 18 years jail.

Her defence lawyer argued a homeless teenage girl, whose DNA was found on the deck of the yacht should have been recalled to the witness stand in the original trial after a de

tective revealed she had lied about her whereabouts the night in question.

The defence has also argued the evidence from former friend Phillip Triffett who told the jury Neill-Fraser had discussed a plan to murder her brother and later Mr Chappell in the 1990s should have been ruled inadmissable.

Director of Public Prosecutions Tim Ellis will respond this afternoon.

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