Other: REPEAT OFFENDER. Pleaded guilty to bashing/
raping/ murdering 2 QLD schoolgirls (Leanne Oliver, Patricia Leedie).
Osbourne had been down at the beach when he recognised the girl's from a
barbeque he had attended at that day. After going for a swim with the
girls he then attacked them. He then left the beach leaving his wallet
at the scene, which aided in his arrest. Prior conviction in 1985 for
attacking/ sexually assaulting/ attempting to strangle a women (aged
19yrs) in Brisbane/ sentenced to 6yrs jail/ 3yrs 10 months non parole.
February 25, 1997
A man jailed for two
life terms yesterday for the rape and murder of two girls is a repeat
offender who made the same mistake twice.
Paul Stephen Osborne,
28, a factory hand, left his wallet behind after raping and murdering
Leanne Marie Oliver, 10, and Patricia Sophia Leedie, 8, at Warana Beach
on Queensland's Sunshine Coast on October 29, 1995.
A decade earlier he
left personal papers in a bag at the crime scene after sexually
attacking and attempting to strangle a woman, 18, in Brisbane.
Osborne, of Wurtulla,
on the Sunshine Coast, received a six-year jail sentence for the 1985
attack and served three years and 10 months behind bars.
Yesterday, a Queensland
Supreme Court sentenced him to two life terms for the brutal bashing
murder of the two girls, plus 18 years for each rape.
Justice Glen Williams
said he believed Osborne, who pleaded guilty to all charges, should
never be released.
Osborne became the
prime suspect for the murders when he left his wallet, containing
identification, in the sand near the girls' bodies.
Reports tendered during
an appeal against his 1985 conviction revealed that attack was committed
when he was drunk. This was also the case for the double murder.
Prosecutor Jeff Hunter
said yesterday Osbome had consumed about 12 stubbies of full-strength
beer and smoked marijuana at a barbecue held by a workmate who lived
next door to the Oliver home at Warana on the afternoon of the murders.
That same afternoon,
Patricia and Leanne were last seen by their families when Leanne lied to
her brother, saying she had their mother's permission to go door-knocking
in the neighborhood with Patricia to look for odd jobs.
Mr Hunter said Osborne
left the barbecue with his de facto wife about 4pm but she lost him
after he lagged behind while they walked to their home in a neighboring
Mr Hunter said that
about this time a woman walking her dogs in the area was speaking with
the girls when Osborne called out to Patricia. They were then all seen
at the beach together by several witnesses.
denied involvement in the killings.
It was only when he
realised police had found his wallet near the bodies that he broke down.
Mr Hunter said osborne
confessed but claimed he could not remember much about the attack.
Asked by police why he
killed the girls, he said- "I don't know. I don't know whether I blacked
out or went crazy."
He claimed he could
only remember seeing the girls on the beach and said that as he was
leaving they came up behind him to give him his wallet because he'd left
it in the sand.
He said he had no idea
why he started bashing the girls- who "seemed pretty nice"- with tree
Justice Williams said
the role of alcohol and marijuana in the murders should be considered by
those seeking to legalise cannabis.
Outside court, Leanne's
father, Alby Oliver, who found the girls' bodies in sand dunes, said he
was satisfied with the sentence.
"But one thing I am not
happy about is that he (Osborne) is still alive," he said.
The court earlier heard
how Mr Oliver suffered psychiatric problems as a result of the murders.
It heard his marriage
with Leanne's mother, Diane, was on the verge of separation and he found
it difficult to comprehend Leanne's death.
Paul Stephen Osborne