OPINION: Bathurst has not forgotten Reg Mullaly's shocking death

One year on from the murder of Reg Mullaly and the mystery of who killed the local homeless man remains.

But that doesn’t mean this story is over – far from it.

The discovery of Mr Mullaly’s body under the Denison Bridge near the Great Western Highway in September 2015 shocked the Bathurst community.

And the later revelation that he had died from stab wounds to the chest shocked the community even more.

Even as the city grows, many Bathurstians like to think of their community as just a big, sprawling country town.

But Mr Mullaly’s life was a reminder that Bathurst is not immune to the problem of homelessness that plagues the major metropolitan centres and his violent death, beside a popular walkway within a short distance of the centre of Bathurst, was a reminder that Bathurst is not immune to the worst acts of human nature.

When police renewed their plea for information in July this year about Mr Mullaly’s death, it was an indication that they had not given up hope of bringing his killer to justice. 

In asking again for public information, police revealed that callers last year had identified potential persons of interest in the case, and they wanted to hear from those callers again.

Some months have now passed since police made that appeal, and the investigation continues.

But, again, that does not mean this story is over.

The murder of a vulnerable man in his makeshift shelter in a public part of Bathurst is a stain on this community.

It was a shameful, despicable act that can’t be forgotten.

Someone, somewhere has information about this matter that will help the police solve the mystery of this case.

Someone, somewhere has a crucial detail that will bring a cowardly killer to justice and ensure that Mr Mullaly’s death does not remain a dark secret in a city that already has too many of them.

That person should speak up.

It may be a year since Mr Mullaly’s shocking death, but that does not mean he has been forgotten.

The Bathurst community remembers him, and the Bathurst community wants to see justice in his case.

This story is far from over.

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