Mal Meninga offers to take killer brother into his home
QUEENSLAND rugby league great Mal Meninga has offered to put up his brother, a convicted murderer, at his Brisbane home if he is released on parole.
Bevan Meninga, who has served almost 22 years in jail for the killing of Sunshine Coast teenager Cheree Richardson, has gone to court to force the Queensland Parole Board to make a decision on his release.
Bevan was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering Sunshine Coast teen Cheree Richardson in 1991 at Alexandra Headland.
He was on parole at the time for bashing another woman with a stake in her home.
Meninga is currently in the Palen Creek Correctional Centre at Rathdowney.
Late last year Bevan applied to live with his mother on the Sunshine Coast, according to a News Corp report.
But in his latest offer, filed in court, Mal Meninga has offered to move him and his mother to Brisbane after his initial release on the Sunshine Coast.
The winning Queensland State of Origin coach wrote in a letter to the board two years ago that he "supported Bevan by phone, letters and visits over the term of his incarceration and have kept a keen interest in his welfare''.
"I believe family support is so invaluable, regardless of his wrongdoing … the family love, respect and support is paramount to his reintegration," the letter says.
"Whilst as a family we don't condone his actions of the past, I will make certain that Bevan will have the necessary family support during his re-integration.''