Steven Fennell’s murder conviction quashed after six years in Queensland jail


A former postman who was jailed for more than six years over the murder of an 85-year-old Queensland woman has returned home after the High Court quashed his conviction.

Steven Fennell was sensationally released from prison overnight after spending six-and-a-half years behind bars for being found guilty of Liselotte Watson’s 2012 killing.

Fennell told 9News today he had been going about his routine as normal in jail when he was told his immediate release had been ordered by the High Court.

“It was yoghurt day at prison on a Wednesday and I was in a cell about to eat when prison officers came to the door and said, ‘you’re going’,” he said.

Fennell had befriended Mrs Watson, who was known to keep money in her MacLeay Island house, prior to her death where she was found bashed in the head inside the property.

He now claims he had inadequate legal representation and was targeted because of his previous criminal record.


“I was an easy and simple target,” he said.

“I gambled, I know Mrs Watson – I must have done it.”

Despite that, Fennell is tonight a free man however members of his local community have voiced their opposition to his release.

“I can’t believe that. He should rot in hell as far as I’m concerned,” MacLeay Island resident Ray Lisk told 9News.

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