The mother of Justin Stein, the man accused of murdering his 9-year-old stepdaughter Charlize Mutten, is embroiled in her own legal battle following a critical ruling in the New South Wales Supreme Court.
Annemi Natalie Stein appeared in the NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday to appeal a District Court decision that denied her compensation in the accident.
Ms. Stein is not alleged to be involved in Charlize’s death.
The court heard she was involved in a car crash on February 7, 2014, for which another driver, Stan Patrick Ryden, claimed responsibility.
After hearing the claim, Ms Stein was told she would have to take the dispute to the New South Wales District Court because it involved residents of two different states.
The High Court was hearing a dispute which became complicated when a Summer Hill resident missed a deadline to file a vehicle compensation claim.
By law, claims must be filed within three years of the accident – a fact Ms. Stein’s lawyers did not tell her.
In May 2021, future stepmother Charlize Muten requested permission to file a lawsuit despite the deadline.
The appeal was thrown out after a judge found she had failed to provide a “full and satisfactory explanation” for the delay in bringing the claim to court.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled to overturn the refusal after finding that Ms Stein’s explanation was “sufficiently complete”.
Ms Stein will be allowed to go to the New South Wales District Court to fight for compensation for injuries she sustained in a 2014 car crash. Mr Ryden was ordered to pay her costs on appeal.
The critical court decision comes after a difficult year for Ms Stein, whose son Justin was accused of murdering his stepdaughter and dumping her body in thick bush near the Cola River.
Nine-year-old Charlize Mooten is believed to have been fatally wounded between January 11 and 12 while in Mr Stein’s care.
She was staying with her mother, Callista Mutten, and Mr. Stein at Ms. Stein’s historic Wildenstein Estate on Mount Wilson in the Blue Mountains when she was reported missing.
Mr. Stein remains in custody. There is no suggestion that Ms. Stein was in any way involved in the death of Charlize Mouten.