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Major Development In William Tyrrell Inquiry As Witness Claims Sighting

A local man has claimed to have seen William Tyrrell being driven away at speed from the direction of his foster grandmother’s house on the morning of his disappearance.

Ronald Chapman told the inquest on Wednesday he was standing at his Kendall home, about 1km from where the three-year-old went missing, when he saw a “box type four wheel drive” drive past with a boy in the back seat.

He said the boy was wearing a Spider-Man suit “with his hands up on the window... facing outwards".

“He was unrestrained... he wasn’t crying,” Chapman told the court.

“I did utter a profanity under my breath about the woman being stupid and not having the kid restrained.”

That woman, he claimed, was in her late 20s to late 30s, with very fair complexion and blonde hair “combed up with a bow on top of her head”.

He told the court she was driving at speed and “almost lost control” of the car.

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

He claimed he also saw a second car, a blue sedan, follow shortly after, being driven by a man who was also driving erratically.

He said he then saw a news report that night about missing boy William Tyrrell and recognised him as the boy he saw in the car.

He didn’t report the sighting to police until “several weeks later”, but the court heard last week he was a well-respected local man and police believed he was a credible witness.

The inquest continues.

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