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‘Crazy bloody loophole’: Russell Street bombing witness lives in fear of Craig Minogue

A woman who narrowly avoided being killed in the Russell Street bombing has spoken publicly for the first time, saying she constantly lives in fear of what will happen if Craig Minogue is released.

Deborah Richardson became emotional as she told Neil Mitchell she’s lived her life “in the palm of (Minogue’s) hand”, fearing he will hunt her down.

“I’ve been scared about that day that he could get out of prison and come after me,” she said.

Ms Richardson revealed she would have suffered the same fate as Angie Taylor, the 21-year-old killed in the 1986 attack, if she hadn’t arrived to work early that day.

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She felt the need to speak out after the High Court yesterday cleared the way for Minogue to apply for parole due to a loophole in new laws introduced by the Andrews Government.

Premier Daniel Andrews has reassured Ms Richardson and others impacted by the bombing that Minogue will never be released.

But Ms Richardson said she doesn’t trust the government to get the legislation right.

“No, I don’t trust them at this stage,” she said.

“The fact is we’re here talking about it today because this crazy bloody loophole wasn’t picked up in the first place.”

Neil Mitchell called on the government to call back parliament from its break, which starts this week, to tackle the issue.

“Redraft the legislation immediately,” he said

“I am sick of this man’s tweets and self-promotion — the man is a double murderer for heaven’s sake!”

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