Mum Says Her Son Was Also In Spider-Man Suit On Day William Tyrrell Vanished
A woman has cast doubt on the only “credible” sighting of William Tyrrell after he disappeared, as the coronial inquest resumes.
Kendall local Ron Chapman previously told the inquest into the toddler’s disappearance he saw William in the backseat of a car driven by a woman speeding past his house on September 12, 2014.
He claimed the boy was wearing a Spider-Man suit and was unrestrained, standing up in the backseat with his hands pressed on the window.
A detective working on the investigation has previously described the sighting as “credible”.
However, a woman whose parents lived on the same street have told the inquest her son, who was four years' old at the time, looked similar to William and had been with her when she visited her parents' house that morning.
She told the court her son had a Spider-Man suit and was wearing it at some point that day but later took it off after they heard a little boy in a similar outfit had gone missing nearby.
But Chapman also took the stand for a second time, maintaining he was certain William was the boy he saw and told the inquest he had not been mistaken.
The inquest resumed on Monday in Taree, near Kendall, for a third sitting after adjourning in August and is expected to run for two weeks.
Several persons of interest are set to testify, including convicted paedophile Frank Abbott, who appeared via video link from jail to represent himself during the hearings.
Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame opened the proceedings by thanking William’s family for attending and acknowledging “keeping the faith is challenging”.
"I am sorry the many investigations have not yet removed the need to be here ... we still have work to do,” she told the court.
It comes after the foster parents recently criticised the handling of the investigation after internal politics and in-fighting within the police force was exposed during former detective Gary Jubelin’s criminal hearing.