Ned's death still a mystery

One of the sisters of Ned Kelly, Margaret Simmons, is comported by a mourner following a service for Ned Kelly at The Lismore Memorial Gardens.
One of the sisters of Ned Kelly, Margaret Simmons, is comported by a mourner following a service for Ned Kelly at The Lismore Memorial Gardens. Jacklyn Wagner

THE FAMILY of murdered Broadwater man Edward 'Ned' Kelly have spent an agonising six months waiting for answers on why the reclusive artist was beheaded in his home.

Mr Kelly was found dead in his River St home on the afternoon of June 21, after a concerned friend called police, worried that he hadn't been seen for several days.

The man charged with his murder, Jonathon Stenberg, is still to enter a plea, or divulge much detail about the alleged crime to police, Mr Kelly's sister Margaret Simmons has said.

Days before Mr Kelly's death, Stenberg allegedly told a patron at Broadwater's Commercial Hotel "he was here to hunt Ned Kelly."

Stenberg was captured in the Northern Territory almost two weeks after Mr Kelly was killed, after police were alerted that he had auditioned for a movie role at Longreach, in outback Queensland, after which a seven day manhunt ensued.

After spending a quiet Christmas with her daughter Tanya, whose Mummulgum home was gutted by fire on August 18, Mrs Simmons said the family are hoping for a better 2013.

"Fortunately, Tanya's house and contents were insured and she is just making arrangements to buy a house and business at Mallanganee," she said.

Frustrated with the lack of progress on the case, Mrs Simmons said she hoped to put the family property where her brother lived on the market next year to help get some closure.

"We just don't have any answers yet to why Ned was killed and that would help provide closure."

With Stenberg next due in Lismore Local Court on February 5, Mrs Simmons said she was anxious for the case to progress.

"We don't know much detail yet and I would like to be in court to hear all of the detail come out."

"Hopefully we have a change of circumstances, and justice is done, and we get a positive outcome."

"It's not going to bring Ned back but at least we will have some answers about what happened."

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