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William Tyrrell Inquest: Discrepancies In Neighbour's Account Of Events

Paul Savage admits he’s a creature of habit.

Yesterday he sat on his front porch with his son enjoying jam toast in the sun – it was his 75th birthday.

It was a brief reprieve from the mystery that has plagued his life for the past five years, the search for the little boy who went missing from across the road, William Tyrrell.

Today as he finally took the stand at the inquest, early discrepancies appeared in his account of what he did that morning. He said today his memory was a bit cloudy now.

It too started with toast on the front porch.

Police believe William disappeared around 10  to 10.15 on the morning of 12 September 2014.

William Tyrrell. Photo: AAP

Around 10.50am a neighbour knocked on Savage’s door and told him “the little fella” was missing.

Savage told the inquest he went over to William’s foster grandmother’s house and had a brief 30 second chat with her.

In his statement on the 16 March 2016, Savage said he caught a glimpse of William’s foster dad in the house, telling police he “could see he was crying and upset.”

But today he said he couldn’t remember that.

Other witnesses said they heard the foster dad calling out William’s name frantically, but Savage said he heard nothing.

He then searched drains and told police he spoke briefly to his neighbours, the Crabbs.

“You know they don’t recall that?” Counsel Assisting Gerard Craddock SC put to him today.

“I know they don’t yes,” he replied.