Monday, March 16, 1992

Annette Maree Steward

Circumstances: ANNETTE Steward’s family should have been attending her 30th birthday – instead it was her funeral. Just two days shy of the mother-of-two’s milestone, she was found bashed, strangled and possibly raped inside her
Hope St
home in Geelong West.
She failed to turn up to work at the Winchester ammunition factory in Point Henry and a work colleague – and former flat mate – went to her home to check on her. He will never forget what he saw as he walked in at 1pm: Ms Steward naked and sprawled diagonally across her double bed. She was motionless – a plastic electrical cord wrapped around her neck – and covered in bruises. Police named her former lover as their top suspect. The pair had a sexual relationship before her death and were seen arguing two days before her killing. Ms Steward had complained to family and friends that she was being sexually harassed by a workmate.
Coroner names murder suspect
POLICE were tightlipped on whether they will charge a man today named by a coroner as the chief suspect in the murder of a Victorian woman 15 years ago.
Victorian Coroner Iain West today named Craig Cameron Rogers as the sole suspect in the 1992 murder of Roger's co-worker Annette Steward in her Geelong West home.

Victoria Police spokesman Senior Constable Adam West would not confirm whether police would now charge Rogers, but said investigations were continuing.

Ms Steward, 28, was found naked in the bedroom of her home with a plastic electric cord around her neck and head injuries on March 18, 1992.

In delivering his findings today, Mr West said suspicion surrounded the activities of Mr Rogers - who worked with Ms Steward at the Winchester Ammunition Factory at Point Henry - and the accounts he provided to investigators.

From: Herald Sun January 30, 2007 12:00AM

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