A third inquest into the unsolved murder of New South Wales teenager Bronwynne Richardson has heard her former boyfriend, a key suspect, is no longer thought to be involved.
Bronwynne, 17, was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered in Albury in October 1973.
New evidence at the inquest suggests Bronwynne’s ex-boyfriend Geoffrey Brown is not the killer as previously suspected.
Another man, Ross Eames, is also not believed to have been involved.
The inquest heard new evidence suggests Bronwynne’s assault lasted longer than initially thought, which placed Mr Brown at a Burrumbuttock hotel 30km from Albury at the time.
Detective Sergeant Steve Morgan told the inquest there was new evidence to show that Bronwynne’s cousin Colin Newey and Max Martin were in the area at the time of her abduction and murder.
A third man, Kevin Newman, is also thought to be involved, however all three men have died.
Detective Sergeant Morgan told the inquest he believed Mr Newey made two anonymous phone calls to police which were designed to and succeeded in diverting attention away from him.
Mr Newey was charged with the abduction, rape and murder of Bronwynne, but the case collapsed due to insufficient evidence.
Bronwynne’s brother Gary, who worked with Mr Newey, today gave evidence for the first time in relation to his sister’s death.
When asked whether he thought Mr Newey was involved in Bronwynne’s death, he replied: “Yes, I believe he was and I believe Max Martin was the instigator.”