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Bill Spedding Was With Me When William Tyrrell Disappeared, Wife Says

The wife of washing machine repairman Bill Spedding has told a Sydney Coroner’s Court her husband was with her when William Tyrrell vanished.

Margaret Spedding testified Monday morning at the coronial inquest into the toddler’s suspected death, telling the court she and Mr Spedding attended a school assembly on the morning of September 12, 2014.

The court was shown a video walk-through with police, where Mrs Spedding was questioned by former lead detective Gary Jubelin about her husband’s alibi.

In the video, Jubelin can be heard grilling Mrs Spedding about whether or not her husband was with her that day.

Bill Spedding (centre), arrives at the Inquest into the disappearance of William Tyrrell at Lidcombe Coroners Court, on Monday, August 26, 2019. Photo: AAP.

The detectives took her to the school assembly hall to retrace her movements that day, where she told them she couldn’t remember exactly where they sat to watch the assembly. Jubelin asked why she couldn’t remember that detail, but remembered clearly that her husband was there.

“What I want you to explain is why you’re so convinced Bill was with you that day,” Jubelin said.

“You understand the significance of this and you understand the importance of what we’re investigating here,” he said.

She told the court she met Mr Spedding at a cafe across the road from the school about 9.20am before the pair walked across the road to the assembly together sometime before 10.30am.

The court was shown a receipt from the cafe, where they purchased two coffees and some food at 9.42am.

William Tyrrell, minutes before he disappeared (AAP IMAGE/NSW POLICE)

Mr Spedding was publicly identified as a person of interest in the case when his property was searched by detectives in January of 2015.

He visited the foster grandmother’s house in Benaroon Drive three days before William disappeared to give her a quote on the repair of her washing machine.

He told her he would be back to fix it once he received the parts.

He has always maintained his innocence.