Police speculated that they had been murdered, but no bodies were found despite extensive searching in the months that followed. To this day, Smart and Hope remain missing. In the months following the disappearances, police concluded that the unidentified man was Picton resident Scott Watson, although his yacht, Blade , was a single-masted steel-hulled sloop , not a double-masted ketch. He had been imprisoned for two short periods in and , but had just one minor conviction in the eight years leading up to Watson was arrested for the murders on 15 June , two weeks before his 27th birthday.
He was convicted of the murders in May after an eleven-week trial  and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non- parole period of seventeen years.
The defence appealed Watson's conviction, and the case went to the Court of Appeal in April and May Three Appeal Court judges heard submissions from both the defence and the prosecution , but decided there was no new evidence to recommend a second trial. Questions have been raised about the manner of the police investigation, notably by Mike Kalaugher, who in published a book which was critical of methods allegedly used by police to obtain Watson's conviction, and by Keith Hunter, in a television documentary and a book.
In November , after the Court of Appeal hearing, a witness who testified at Watson's trial contacted the Weekend Herald to say his evidence given under oath was "nothing more than an act". He said he was being threatened by gang members in prison; he was coming up for parole and was put under pressure by police to testify and, "I agreed on the basis that my life was getting threatened". The witness changed his story at least twice more, which led Watson's lawyers to conclude he was completely unreliable.
It found the police investigation had fallen short of best practice in areas which "had no significant bearing on the outcome of the investigation".
No evidence was found that would support Hunter's other claims. In June Watson successfully challenged at court the Corrections Department's refusal to allow him to be interviewed about his case by North and South journalist Mike White.
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Also in June , Watson was denied parole on the basis of two failed drug tests and an unfavourable psychological report that attested him "a very high risk" of committing violent acts if he was released from prison. By law, Watson must be reconsidered for parole before 6 December , but can apply for an earlier hearing if he believes there has been a significant change in his circumstances. Olivia and Daniel grow closer as the world crumbles around them.
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Family Violence. Support Services. About Us. Contact Us. Neither has been seen since, and a major police investigation Operation Tam began the following day. In spite of police efforts, the fate of the pair has not been established. She joined a chartered yacht, the Tamarack from which the subsequent police operation drew its name.
There were nine people on board including Olivia and her sister Amelia. The following day Tamarack returned to Picton and picked up three more people.