William Tyrrell may be one of the country’s highest profile unsolved missing children cases, but there are concerns the million-dollar reward won’t see justice.
A former police chief told Daily Telegraph the government’s plans to boost cold case payment rewards wouldn’t catch any more criminals.
With hundreds of families wanting answers, former police assistant commissioner John Laycock said increasing unsolved homicide cases to $1 million wouldn’t solve the murders.
A former police chief revealed monetary rewards don’t solve cold case homicides of those including William Tyrrell (left) and Matthew Leveson (right)
Former police assistant commissioner John Laycock said increasing unsolved homicide cases to $1 million wouldn’t solve cold cases
William Tyrrell’s (pictured) reward of $1 million is the highest in NSW and is still unclaimed
Mr Laycock told the publication rewards were a publicity tool and history had shown rewards hardly solve murder crimes, with no cases being paid out since 2013.
More than $22 million throughout 233 cold cases are unclaimed including the $1 million reward for William and a $250,000 reward for Matthew Leveson.
However, Mr Leveson’s parents Mark and Faye Leveson said they had to ‘beg’ for the reward in their son’s unsolved case to be increased to a quarter-of-a-million.
Ms Leveson believes more cold cases could be cracked if higher rewards were offered.
‘As people’s relationships change and they break down, somebody who knows something might think ‘I’ll get back, I’ll go to the police with information’,’ she told 2GB radio last month.
Mr Laycock said history had shown rewards hardly solve murder crimes, with no cases being paid out since 2013
However, Matthew Leveson’s mother Faye Leveson (pictured) believes more cold cases could be cracked if higher rewards were offered
‘Even if it just solved one case, that’s the one family, it’s worth it,’ Ms Leveson said last month
‘Even if it just solved one case, that’s the one family, it’s worth it.’
With Victoria and South Australia already offering rewards in line with a criminal’s penalty, NSW could follow suit.
Opposition Leader Luke Foley said Labor would introduce legislation to allow $1 million rewards for cold cases that result in a maximum jail sentences, reported Daily Telegraph.