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Janine Balding: A Shocking Case

Janine Balding was born on 7 October 1967 and resided in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales before shifting to Sydney and gaining a job as a teller at a branch of the then State Bank of New South Wales on George Street. She was due to wed her fiancé Steven Moran in March 1989. The couple had bought a house in Berkeley Vale, almost 50 km (31 miles) north of Sydney, and rented out that house to support and finance their wedding.

Abduction and Murder

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A month before her twenty-first birthday, she was kidnaped from a Sutherland railway station car park by a gang of homeless persons consisting of four males and one female.

These persons were Bronson Blessington, Matthew Elliott, Stephen ‘Shorty’ Jamieson, Wayne Wilmot, and Carol Ann Arrow.

Blessington had met Jamieson and Elliott at a homeless shelter named ‘The Station’ in the Sydney CBD earlier that day and had recommended “Why don’t we get a sheila and rape her?”, a quote which came to be infamously remembered through Australian news media. The idea was agreed to. Arrow and Wilmot joined in. The victim, who was to be picked at random, became Balding.[3] The mob of five had earlier approached another female—Christine Moberley—at the same car park, but she became anxious and rapidly locked herself in her vehicle and drove home where she reported chatting with another female near a motor vehicle there. That person was Janine Balding. Police, upon being warned of these incidents, instantly attended the Sutherland Railway Station car park itself, not understanding that the earlier encounters had happened in an overflow dirt car park on the other side of the rail line. This was the same car park from where Janine Balding had been kidnaped in the intervening period.

She was driven in her vehicle to the side of the F4 Freeway at Minchinbury in Sydney’s west, and during that time was partially stripped of her clothes and raped at knifepoint by Blessington, Jamieson, and Elliott. Arrow and Wilmot were in the car but did not rape her. On arrival at Minchinbury, she was again raped. She was then pulled from her vehicle, strangled with a scarf, hog-tied, then lifted over a fence and carried into a paddock by Blessington, Jamieson, and Elliott. She was then held down and drowned in a dam on the property.

Convictions

Matthew James Elliott was aged 16 at the time of the killing.
Bronson Matthew Blessington, aged 14 at the time of the killing
Stephen Wayne ‘Shorty’ Jamieson, aged 22 at the time of the killing
Wayne Lindsay Wilmot was aged 15 at the time of the killing.
Carol Ann Arrow, was aged 15 at the time of the killing.

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