Inquest into mum’s suspected murder to be held after coroner overturns ruling

A ruling that there would be no “public benefit” in an inquest into the suspected murder of a Queensland mother has been overturned after campaigning by the woman’s daughter.
The Queensland coroner has decided there will be an inquest into Tina Greer’s disappearance, finding it is in the public interest after months of her daughter lobbying against an earlier decision.
Tina Greer was meant to pick up her daughter, Lili Greer, from a friend’s house in January 2012, after spending the day with her boyfriend.

Tina Greer and daughter Lili Greer. Tina has not been seen since 2012.(Supplied)

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The long-time domestic violence victim never collected her daughter and was never heard from again.
A coroner declared in May this year the 32-year-old mother died at the hands of her now-deceased boyfriend, Les “Grumpy” Sharman, on or about January 18, 2012, somewhere in Clumber, Queensland.
Despite coroner Christine Roney acknowledging Greer was not adequately supported by authorities as a known domestic violence victim, she refused Lili’s request that an inquest be conducted into the suspected death.
The coroner told Lili there would be no “public benefit” of an inquest, ruling there was not evidence her mother’s death could have been prevented.
Having been taught to fight by her mother, Lili, who is now 23, refused to accept an inquest into her mother’s death was not in the public interest.

Lili Greer met with Queensland MP and attorney-general Shannon Fentiman to discuss her mother’s disappearance.(Supplied)

She started an online petition for an inquest, gaining 22,778 signatures, met with Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman, and spoke to media.
She was shocked on December 1 to receive a letter from Queensland State Coroner Terry Ryan saying he agreed with Lili’s reasons for calling for an inquest.
“I agree that there is still significant doubt as to the cause and circumstances of Ms Greer’s disappearance and death, and that the exercise of coronial powers at an inquest to compel witnesses to give evidence may provide clarity about those matters,” the letter read.
“In addition, while there have been many changes to the policing of domestic and family violence in the years since Ms Greer’s disappearance and death, the response by police to missing women is a particular issue that could be considered at an inquest in this matter.
“I also consider that an inquest may highlight or lead to the identification of broader issues on which recommendations may be made to prevent similar deaths in the future.”

Tina Greer
Tina Greer went missing in January 2012.(Supplied)

Ryan wrote the court had been given more funding to hold inquests in relation to domestic and family violence deaths.
Lili said she was relieved to get the news, having been “prepared to go to the ends of the earth” to call for an inquest.
But she said while the announcement of an inquest was a huge step, the fight to get justice from her mum was far from over.
There are many things she wants to come from the inquest, with the main factors being establishing what happened to her mum, highlighting failures in the system, and identifying ways to prevent anyone else from suffering a similar fate.
Lili said she was thankful that her mum had raised her to have a fighting spirit.
“I was thinking about it the other day, I was just thinking, ‘Wow, I’m just so glad to be her daughter because nobody else was fighting for her’,” Lili said.
“Imagine if she didn’t raise me to have this fight.”

Tina and Lili Greer
Lili Greer (pictured as a child with Tina) believes an inquest into her mother’s death is in the public interest.(Supplied)

The Coroners Court of Queensland has confirmed the details provided by Lili.
“​State Coroner Terry Ryan has recommended an inquest be held into the death of Ms Tina Greer, presided over by Magistrate Kerrie O’Callaghan,” a spokesperson said.
“The Coroners Court of Queensland has been provided with additional funding to support the holding of inquests in relation to domestic and family violence deaths and will welcome Magistrate O’Callaghan in the coming weeks as a new temporary coroner.”
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call triple zero (000).

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