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03-April-2015
03-April-2015

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

A memorial garden and granite wall, featuring artwork and photographs, is dedicated to sisters Laura and Colleen who were victims of a homicide in Altona North in 2006.

A violent convicted criminal  William John Watkins raped and murdered Melbourne sisters Laura and Colleen Irwin in 2006. Watkins who was a neighbour of the girls had a string of previous offences, including a conviction for rape, aggravated burglary and theft. For those offences he was jailed for four years and three months, but was released after two years.

When Watkins applied for parole, he was assessed as being at moderate risk of reoffending. He moved into a rented flat next door to the Irwin sisters in May 2004. Watkins fled to Western Australia, and was intercepted in Karratha by Acting Sergeant Shane Gray for stealing petrol.  Watkins bashed Sergeant Gray, fracturing his skull, before the policeman shot him dead. 

 

Location

Address:Wren Street, Colaura Gardens , Toolamba, 3614
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.490316
Long: 145.339151
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Crime
Actual Event STart Date:28-January-2006
Actual Event End Date:28-January-2006

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 21st January, 2007
Front Inscription

Plaque :

THIS PARK IS DEDICATED 
TO THE MEMORY OF  
COLLEEN & LAURA IRWIN
TRAGICALLY TAKEN 
28TH JANUARY 2006


Plaque :

ALLAN & SHIRLEY IRWIN 
GIVE THEIR HEARTFELT 
THANKS TO EVERYBODY 
INVOLVED IN ESTABLISHING 
THESE GARDENS FOR 
THEIR BELOVED DAUGHTERS

Source: MA
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