Convicted Rockhampton killer walks free after 15 years
THE man who brutally murdered Rockhampton woman Lara Ashcroft on April 7, 2001 has been released from prison.
The Morning Bulletin understands Lara's former partner Stephen Wayne Robson, who strangled and ran over the 23-year-old on the Rockhampton to Yeppoon Rd 15 years ago, was released from the Capricornia Correctional Centre on Monday after serving 15 years of his 20 year sentence.
A source close to Lara's family, who preferred not to be named, said he understood Robson had been released on parole with conditions he remain in Emerald and not return to the Rockhampton Regional Council or Livingstone Shire Council regions for the next five years.
The source said he was concerned that a convicted killer was free to walk the streets of Central Queensland.
"It's just not right. He gets to start a new life, but Lara doesn't," he said.
"Everyone in the family is feeling the same way. They haven't got their daughter, sister or relative."
Lara's mother, who also wished not to be named, was extremely upset by the news of Robson's release.
"I'm just trying to hang on," she said.
"No words could ever explain how I am feeling emotionally."
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