POLICE in Australia will not pay any reward money over the killing of backpacker Peter Falconio until after a court appeal by the convicted murderer.
Bradley John Murdoch, 47, was found guilty in December of killing Mr Falconio, from Hepworth, in Australia's Northern Territory in July, 2001.
He was also convicted of assaulting Mr Falconio's girlfriend, Joanne Lees, and depriving her of her liberty.
The former truck driver was jailed for at least 28 years, but has appealed against the conviction.
Northern Territory police said today they had received several applications for the $250,000 Australian (£105,000) reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Mr Falconio's killer.
The police said in a statement that Murdoch's appeal had yet to be heard by the Supreme Court.
It added: "Until court proceedings are finalised applications for the reward cannot be considered."
The statement said the police commissioner would receive recommendations about the applications after the court proceedings.
It went on: "Processes to finalise or withdraw the reward will not be implemented until such time as all applications have been assessed and dealt with."
Murdoch's former drug smuggling partner, James Hepi, told the murder trial last year he would seek the reward if Murdoch was convicted.
Hepi told the court that he and Murdoch ran drugs between Broome in Western Australia and Sedan in South Australia in 2001, before falling out with each other at the end of that year.
Mr Falconio, 28, was shot in the head after Murdoch motioned the couple's camper van to stop on the remote Stuart Highway, north of Alice Springs, on July 14 2001.
His body was never found, despite one of the most extensive police hunts in Australian history.
Prosecutors said Murdoch then threatened Miss Lees with a gun, punched her in the head and bound her with cable-tie restraints.
Miss Lees testified in court that she managed to escape and call for help after flagging down a passing truck.
The prosecution suggested that Murdoch may have killed Mr Falconio either because he thought he was following him or because he saw Miss Lees driving the vehicle earlier and thought she was alone.
Miss Lees, now 32, faced constant smears after her boyfriend disappeared.
She is now writing a book to "correct inaccuracies and misconceptions".