Doubts Raised In Case Of Man Found Guilty Of Murdering His Baby Son And Two Adults

A man convicted of murdering his baby son, former partner and another man in a horrific 2006 house fire is having his claim of innocence investigated by an Australian organisation that looks at wrongful convictions.

Errol Graham Hayes was found guilty in 2007 of murdering his 18-month-old son Joshua, his former partner Theresa Marchetti, 32, and her new partner Mark Christensen, 39, at Annerley in Brisbane’s south.

The three victims died from smoke inhalation and their bodies were found together on a double bed in the front bedroom of the house, which was largely destroyed in the blaze.

The Crown argued at trial that Hayes was motivated to set the house fire by jealousy over Marchetti and Christensen’s relationship.

He was sentenced to six years for arson and three terms of life imprisonment for the murders, with a non-parole period of 24 years and six months.

More than a decade later, the conviction is being investigated by the Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative (BOHII), a joint project of the Bridge of Hope foundation and RMIT University in Melbourne.

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