‘Creepy’ New Person Of Interest Revealed At William Tyrrell Inquest
A new person of interest who worked near Kendall and was later convicted of sexual assault has been named at the inquest into William Tyrrell’s disappearance.
Robert Donohoe was working at the Caltex Service Station in nearby Lakewood in September 2014, and helped search for William in his role as an SES officer.
The Coronial Inquest into the three-year-old’s disappearance today heard evidence from his former boss at the service station, who told the court she found Mr Donohoe “creepy” and that girls at the nearby bus stop avoided him.
“They wouldn’t come in when he was working because they didn’t like him. He was creepy,” she told the court.
Mr Donohoe was later convicted and sent to jail for sexually assaulting two cognitively impaired young men he met through his work with the SES.
The court heard around the time of William’s disappearance, Mr Donohoe would regularly sleep in the back of his white van in nearby Kendall.
His former boss Sharon Starr told the court he would sleep at the Kendall swimming pool or at the Showground, which is about 500m from Benaroon Drive, where William vanished.
Detectives from the strike force executed a search warrant at the Donohoe family property in Springvale, NSW, where Robert’s white van was stored.
The court was shown a video of the search, where a detective stated they were looking for ‘“items relating to William Tyrrell’s disappearance...in relation to Robert Donohoe”.