There must have been overwhelming and unarguable evidence against him. Such as, CCTV, certainly DNA, his on her clothing, hers on his clothing, CCTV of her on the tram and possibly him , of him at the tramstop, of him possibly following her from the tramstop. These are different kinds of evidence than eye witness, or things overheard, which always have the human factor of error, whereas, CCTV does not. Legal Aid, and probably Aboriginal Legal Aid Orgs would have been given this evidence by the DPP to assist their conferences about his possibility of a winning defence and found the money would not be well spent. Likewise, it appears that no highflying Melbourne Barrister is prepared to go pro-bono ( for free ) up against such definitive evidence. So there it is. What an appalling waste of human life , in one entirely accidental interception on a dark night in Melbourne.