British child killer, 80, is deported back to the UK after spending 25 years in Australian prison for murdering a 14-year-old girl
- Arthur Greer was arrested in 1992 after workers found body of Sharon Mason
- She disappeared in 1983, body found in car park behind dress shop he owned
- Belfast-born Greer protested his innocence but was jailed for life in 1994
- Parole board in Western Australia recommended his release due to ill health
- Greer was escorted from prison and then deported back to the United Kingdom
Convicted child killer Arthur Greer has been deported to Britain.
Greer, 80, murdered 14-year-old Sharon Lee Mason, whose body was found buried behind a shop in the Perth suburb of Mosman Park in 1992.
Greer, who was born in Belfast, was escorted by Border Force officers from Acacia Prison in Western Australia to Perth Airport, PerthNow reported.
He was detained before being flown back to Britain.
Convicted child killer Arthur Greer has been deported to the United Kingdom
He was arrested in 1992 after workers found the body of Sharon, who disappeared in 1983, buried in a car park behind a dress shop owned by Greer.
Prosecutors argued during his trial that Greer had buried the teenager’s body by pulling up the floor of a shed in his back yard and digging a deep grave. Convicted, despite his plea of innocence, he was jailed for life in 1994.
It was not immediately known today whether British authorities have made arrangements for Greer to be kept in custody on his arrival back in England or Northern Ireland.
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After several attempts to be released on parole, his next request was due to be heard in November 2019, but he asked for it to be brought forward due to his failing health.
Following his request, the Prisoner Review Board recommended that he be released.
West Australian Attorney General John Quigley told parliament that the killer’s request has been granted, based on Greer’s poor health.
Mr Quigley said he asked the board what the chances were of Greer re-offending.
‘The board’s subsequent report was of the view that his age of 80, deteriorating health and limited mobility reduced the likely risk of re-offending,’ said Mr Quigley.
He said he had contacted the family of the murdered girl and they had told him that they wanted Greer to be ‘deported as soon as possible and never again taste freedom in Australia.’
Greer, 80, murdered 14-year-old Sharon Lee Mason, whose body was found buried behind a shop in the Perth suburb of Mosman Park in 1992
The Attorney General added that ‘Greer’s visa permitting his residency in Australia was revoked more than a decade ago, meaning that upon his release to parole he would face immediate deportation’.
The last time Sharon was seen was in February 1983 when she waved goodbye to a girlfriend after getting off a bus near the Mosman Park Post Office.
Despite an intense search, which involved police carrying out a re-enactment of Sharon’s last known movements, all possible clues collapsed.
Checking his background, police established he was a volatile character who had arrived in Australia in the 1960s.
His long criminal record included two counts of sexual assault and an attempted murder conviction in New South Wales.
Apart from the location of the body, further suspicion fell on Greer when detectives concluded that Sharon had gone into his shop when she read a notice in the window seeking an assistant.
It was suspected that Greer killed the girl and then dismembered her body in the bathroom at the rear of the shop. Her body parts were put into plastic bags and buried under the garden shed.
Greer, who was born in Belfast, was escorted by Border Force officers from Acacia Prison in Western Australia to Perth Airport (stock image)
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