- Honour Magistrate Michael BarnesState Coroner, NSW
Coronial Inquest into William Tyrrell's disappearance
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William Tyrrell disappeared from a residence in Kendall, NSW on September 12th, 2014. He was only three years old at the time. William's story has touched the hearts of many in Australia and around the world.
The public have been asked to assist with ANY information, no matter how trivial, but with ...
- his birth family gagged
- others remaining anonymous
- misinformation being published intentionally
- changes in the lead investigator
- suppression orders withholding relevant details that could hold the key
... how can we help if we do not know the truth?
There is something very wrong with this case, and it's time for the Coroner to STEP IN.
Missing boy Daniel Morcombe's parents knew something was wrong with the investigation into his disappearance, and despite reluctance from the police they successfully pushed for a coronial inquest. The inquest proved crucial to solving the case.
Who will fight for William? It is up to us, and we need to do it NOW.
We don't want an inquest LATER, when all it can achieve is apologies and outrage, we want one NOW, while there is still hope for WILLIAM!
- State Coroner, NSW
Honour Magistrate Michael Barnes
Concerned citizens are currently signing and sharing a petition requesting that a Coronial Inquest into William's disappearance is held as a matter of urgency.
A paper-based petition using the NSW Parliament template has garnered well over 5,000 hand written signatures and an online petition on the change.org website has the support of over 12,000 people. The recent court case in which FACS failed to have an injunction put in place to suppress that William was in State Care, and the ensuing media coverage, provides strong evidence to support our claim that this case is a matter of public interest.
We understand that traditionally, Coronial Inquests occur at the conclusion of police investigations, however the vexing questions surrounding this case demands more than this. Our argument for urgency is as follows.
We strongly feel that the manner in this case has progressed has been compromised by the withholding of relevant facts surrounding who William was with prior to his disappearance. Judge Brereton has commented that the arguments for suppressing these facts provided by the police were unconvincing and even baffling. Three Court of Appeal judges agreed with and upheld His Honour's ruling on this matter. His Honour also noted the 'tragic probability' that William is deceased, however we feel that while there is hope we should continue to do whatever we can to keep his face in the public's hearts and minds.
Since William disappeared the public have been urged over and over again to provide any information relating to William no matter how trivial it may seem. How can the public provide such information if they are being lied to about the events immediately prior to his disappearance? How could the police have ruled out the potential for such information to be useful so early in their investigations? Surely any chance of survival for William, no matter how small, should not have been sacrificed to whatever interests led them to lie to the public?
Your Honour, you have effected changes to the way Coronial Inquests have been conducted in the past, even when the police have opposed your decision. We are hopeful that you will agree by now that William's circumstances are exceptional and warrant a change to the usual procedure, by opening a Coronial Inquest earlier than usual.
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