Five years on, Bryson Anderson's family are still waiting for answers

By Simon Bouda, A Current Affair Crime Editor


When Sydney Detective Sergeant John Breda was viciously stabbed on Friday afternoon, cops – and their families – felt the pain and the anger.
None more so than the family of murdered Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson.
"Coping with Bryson not being there, watching the kids grow up without a father – that's incredibly tough," Bryson's wife, Donna, told me recently.
It's been five years since the highly-respected detective inspector was stabbed to death while attending a domestic call at Oakville, in Sydney's north-west.
Mother and son Fiona and Mitchell Barbieri have been convicted, jailed and, in Mitchell Barbieri's case, had his sentence cut on appeal.
But despite the passage of time the matter is still being processed through the courts with an inquest expected to be held some time this year.
"It’s been a tough five years, when you look back you can't believe, in one part, that the five years has gone so quickly and then it seems like forever," Bryson's brother Warwick told me.
It's been five years since the highly-respected detective inspector was stabbed to death while attending a domestic call at Oakville, in Sydney's north-west.
Mother and son Fiona and Mitchell Barbieri have been convicted, jailed and, in Mitchell Barbieri's case, had his sentence cut on appeal.
But despite the passage of time the matter is still being processed through the courts with an inquest expected to be held some time this year.
"It’s been a tough five years, when you look back you can't believe, in one part, that the five years has gone so quickly and then it seems like forever," Bryson's brother Warwick told me.
Warwick Anderson is an ex-cop who now works as a lawyer.
"It's affected everyone, still affecting us – the ripples keep spreading out on the pond," he says. More>>

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