The brother of Mal Meninga has been granted parole 21 years after he was jailed for the bashing murder of a woman on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The brother of rugby league great Mal Meninga will be released into the community after serving more than 21 years in jail for raping and murdering a teenage woman.
Bevan Meninga was 20 when he was sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of 19-year-old Cheree Richardson in 1991.
In January, Meninga took his bid for freedom to the Supreme Court after the Queensland Parole Board failed to rule on his release.
On Thursday, Justice Peter Lyons dismissed Meninga’s application after an agreement was made on release terms between the convicted murderer and the parole board.
He ordered that a decision on the suitability of community residence be made within 14 days of a home assessment report.
Outside court, Meninga’s lawyer Julie Devery confirmed the matter had been finalised with the parole board.
“We’re just requesting privacy from the media,” she told reporters.
Mal Meninga, State of Origin’s most successful Queensland coach, has offered to house Bevan, now aged 42, in his Brisbane home if parole conditions prevent him from living on the Sunshine Coast, where their mother lives, media reports say.
Bevan was jailed for inflicting massive head and internal injuries on his victim by bashing her with a tree branch.
Her battered body was found in an Alexandra Headland park on the Sunshine Coast.
At the time of the murder Meninga was on parole for bashing a woman with a stake in her home.