No life ban for murder link

Former Pittsworth teacher Graeme Frederick MacNeil will be able to reapply to teach in 2016.
Former Pittsworth teacher Graeme Frederick MacNeil will be able to reapply to teach in 2016.

THE former Pittsworth State High School teacher who helped a student dispose of murder victim Robert Rowlingson's body has escaped a life ban from the classroom.

Graeme Frederick MacNeil pleaded guilty in the Toowoomba Supreme Court in May 2010 to being an accessory after the fact of murder in helping Anthony Rowlingson, then 16, dump the body of his brother Robert, 19, over a bridge into a waterway on the Clifton/Leyburn Rd between Pittsworth and Clifton on July 15, 2007.

His crime was not on a list of serious offences included in new legislation which came into effect on Monday.

Any teacher who has been jailed for offences included in the new laws may be banned from teaching for life.

A decision delivered by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in June last year banned Mr MacNeil from teaching for five years, the maximum it is able to impose.

"The Tribunal regards the respondent's behaviour in this matter as so grave that were a longer period of prohibition available to it then such longer period would have been applied by the tribunal," the decision read.

Mr MacNeil can reapply for registration as a teacher in 2016.

Topics:  murder pittsworth

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