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The brutal murder of Bernadette Liston

Posted on 26/10/2020

At about 3.30pm on Friday 25 October 2002 Bernadette Liston was found murdered in her Ives Crescent, Victor Harbor home by her 12-year old daughter who had arrived home from school.

The 46-year old had been brutally bashed, shot a number of times in the head and in the back and attacked with a knife.

While there was no sign of forced entry to the house, a number of items were missing including her mobile phone and bath towels.

Ms Liston was last seen alive by her partner and 4-year old daughter when they left the Victor Harbor home at about 9.30am.

Police believe that Ms Liston was murdered during the morning of October 25 and is suspected to have known her killer.

In August 2008 a female was arrested for Ms Liston’s murder but was subsequently acquitted in the Supreme Court after the judge ruled there was not enough evidence to prove murder.

A review of the case has identified no other suspects in relation to the case

A reward of up to $200,000 is on offer to anyone who provides information leading to a conviction in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at



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