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AustraliaFamily of Hillier murder victims to 'keep fighting for the truth' after suppression lifted

10:00  16 may  2019
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Family of Hillier murder victims to 'keep fighting for the truth' after suppression lifted© ABC News Korey Lee Mitchell and Amber Rose were murdered in 2016.

The grandparents of two children murdered by their mother's boyfriend have won a legal fight which they say will help expose the truth about a South Australian Government department's failure to protect the children.

Adeline Wilson-Rigney, her six-year-old daughter Amber and five-year-old son Korey were murdered by Steven Graham Peet, 33, at their Hillier home in May 2016.

The ABC can now reveal Ms Wilson-Rigney had another son, a boy who is now aged 11, who was staying with his grandparents at the time of the murders.

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During Peet's prosecution, theSupreme Court of South Australia heard Ms Wilson-Rigney and her children were well known to the department — formerly known as Families SA—and a social worker had been to the property a few days before the murders.

The court also heard two social workers went to the house on the day Peet was there and the victims were likely dead.

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Amber and Korey's biological grandfather Steven Egberts and his wife launched legal proceedings to alter a suppression order on the case which prevented publication about the existence of Ms Wilson-Rigney's eldest son.

Mr Egberts said the suppression order would prevent the whole truth from coming out in a report by SA Ombudsman Wayne Lines who has investigated Families SA's handling of the case.

During a Supreme Court hearing on Thursday, Justice Malcolm Blue altered the suppression order.

"I'm tired three years, I can't believe I have to fight to tell what the truth is," an emotional Mr Egberts told the court.

"It's very hard to come here time and time again and just keep fighting for that truth.

"The Ombudsman's [report]— from what we have seen — is the closest we will get to that."

Family of Hillier murder victims to 'keep fighting for the truth' after suppression lifted© ABC News Adeline Yvette Wilson-Rigney

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Mr Egberts told the court Families SA had lied to him about intervening to protect their eldest grandson.

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"Families SA declined to intervene with [the eldest boy] despite the seriousness of that case and that affected how we treated this situation," he said.

"We firmly believed because they helped us with him that we would get that same help for Amber and Korey.

"If we had understood that they had declined to intervene we would never had trusted them with Amber and Korey … there's just no way in hell.

"We just want the truth out there so we can fight for the justice that Amber and Korey deserve like any other victims, we just want to hear people call out their names."

Mr Egberts told Justice Blue what happened to his grandchildren "never should have happened".

Family of Hillier murder victims to 'keep fighting for the truth' after suppression lifted© ABC News Grandparents Steven Egberts and Janet Wells speak outside of court about their family's grief.

"I just want to hold Families SA accountable for what they did," he said.

"We want people to have to answer for their mistakes."

The court heard theOmbudsman was still deciding whether or not his report would be published in full or as a redacted version.

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