'Creepy' New Person Of Interest Fronts Tyrrell Inquest
A new person of interest in the disappearance of William Tyrrell has taken the stand at the coronial inquest.
Convicted sex offender Robert Donohoe testified on Friday and was asked about his movements in helping to search for William after he vanished in his role at the SES.
He told the court he searched into the night around Benaroon Drive and that it was “like a football match the amount of people that were there”.
Donohoe also told the court he had cognitive impairment and his “memory isn’t 100 percent" because he was “bashed in jail”.
He was jailed several days after William disappeared for sexually assaulting two young intellectually disabled men he met through the SES.
He has since been released and appeared in person at the Lidcombe Coroner’s Court on Friday.
The court was also shown a police interview recorded at Wagga Wagga Police Station late last year, where Donohoe was questioned by detectives investigating William’s disappearance
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Dukes told Donohoe he was being questioned about the “disappearance and suspected murder of William Tyrrell”.
He refused to answer any questions in the police interview.
Detectives searched Donohoe’s van in August last year for any evidence relating to the toddler’s disappearance.
The court heard earlier this week Donohoe used to regularly sleep in his van parked at the Kendall Swimming Pool or Kendall Showgrounds, about one kilometre from William’s foster grandmother’s house.
He was also described as “creepy” by his former manager, who also said local schoolgirls avoided him.
Donohoe was then dismissed by the coroner from testifying after the police interview was played for the court.
The inquest will move to Taree, about 50km from Kendall, next week to hear testimony from several locals, including washing machine repairman Bill Spedding and neighbour Paul Savage.