William Tyrrell inquest: Coronial inquest set to return to Taree in November

It's frustrating: Deputy State Coroner overseeing the coronial inquest int the suspected death of William Tyrrell, Harriet Grahame. Photo: Yianni Aspradakis.
It's frustrating: Deputy State Coroner overseeing the coronial inquest int the suspected death of William Tyrrell, Harriet Grahame. Photo: Yianni Aspradakis.

The coronial inquest into the disappearance of William Tyrrell is set to return to the Taree Courthouse in November as Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame said it was "just scratching the surface".

The third round of week-long hearings of the coronial inquest into the disappearance of William Tyrrell commenced at Taree Courthouse on Monday, August 19.

William Tyrrell went missing from his foster grandmother's home at Benaroon Drive, Kendall on September 12, 2014. He was wearing a Spiderman suit at the time.

Counsel assisting the coroner Gerard Craddock today continued to extensively question Kendall resident Paul Savage over his movements before and after William went missing.

The court heard the 75-year-old told police in a statement on March 16, 2016, that he had seen two vehicles parked at Batar Creek Road on September 10, two days before William went missing.

Counsel assisting the Coroner, Gerard Craddock arrives at Taree Local Court in Taree, Monday, August 19, 2019. (AAP Image/Peter Lorimer)

Counsel assisting the Coroner, Gerard Craddock arrives at Taree Local Court in Taree, Monday, August 19, 2019. (AAP Image/Peter Lorimer)

Mr Craddock asked Mr Savage why he hadn't told police the information about the vehicles in his first statement which he gave on September 25, 2014.

"I told someone... it might of been the police... I don't know I can't remember," Mr Savage said in response.

Over the last three days, Mr Savage has consistently reaffirmed to Mr Craddock that his memory of the events are now somewhat cloudy.

The court also heard Mr Savage didn't join the organised search effort on September 13.

"You say in your statement you woke up at 6am and instead of going for your usual daily walk, you grabbed your swimming pool net and went off searching," Mr Craddock said.

The court heard Mr Savage searched the creek at the back on his property, a dam and other water holes in the area.

Mr Savage's lawyer Chris McGorey asked him how his memory rates now compared to the last five years.

"Not real good," Mr Savage said in response.

Mr Craddock said on Thursday, August 22 the reason why this part of the inquest was at Taree was "because it's more convenient for people who live in this neck of the woods".

The proceedings however, have been impacted by a number of delays and technical issues.

On Wednesday, August 21 the inquest finished after 30 minutes after hearing from one witness.

On Thursday, August 22 there was a technical issue with a video shown in the courtroom of Kendall resident Paul Savage's walk through with police to piece together his version of events on the day William disappeared. It delayed the inquest for more than 45 minutes.

More than 54 people were on the list to present evidence to Ms Grahame.

The inquest at Taree was expected to hear from a number of other witnesses including Bill and Margaret Spedding, Elizabeth Rowley and Tony Jones.

On Thursday, August 22, Ms Grahame addressed the inquest and said "there is so much to do" and while the inquest is "just scratching the surface", acknowledged the delays were "frustrating" for William's family.

"There is court time we are no longer going to use," she said.

All of the evidence collected by Strike Force Rosann is being presented before Ms Grahame who will determine if the three-year-old did succumb to the rugged bushland around his grandmother's home, or was abducted by someone.

A $1 million reward remains in place for information leading to the return or recovery of William.

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