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Retrial for teen’s cold case murder after conviction quashed

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A man serving a life sentence for murdering West Australian teenager Hayley Dodd has had his conviction overturned on appeal.

A man serving a life sentence for murdering West Australian teenager Hayley Dodd has had his conviction overturned on appeal.

Francis John Wark stood trial in 2018 in the WA Supreme Court before Justice Lindy Jenkins, who found him guilty of murdering the 17-year-old hitchhiker after luring him into a ute near rural Badgingarra on July 29, 1999.

Hayley Marie Dodd made a telephone call at 10.30am on 29th July, 1999 and was given a lift by a lady to the North West Road, Badgingarra, WA. She was then sighted by a motorist on the North West Road walking towards the farm where she was going at 11.35am on the same day. That was the last sighting of her. At the time of her disappearance she was wearing, light brown hiking boots, blue denim jeans, black v-neck top, grey men's jacket with a hood, silver sunglasses and carrying a light brown backpack with the word " EQUIP" on the flap.

Hayley's body has never been found.

Wark was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 21 years to be served, but on Friday the WA Court of Appeal quashed his conviction.

Outside court, Hayley's mother Margaret said she was upset by the decision.

This Sunday, 60 Minutes will reveal how WA Police failed to properly investigate Frank Wark for 14 years, allowing the killer to roam free. (60 Minutes)

Wark was charged in 2015 following a cold case review and had been serving a 12-year prison term at the time for raping a woman he picked up on a remote Queensland road in 2007.

He has been remanded in custody and will face a retrial.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/hayley-dodd-murder-conviction-overturned-francis-john-wark-appeal-win/803bf7cd-2fc6-4087-91ab-603b07385ad2

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